posted on Dec, 17 2006 @ 08:20 PM
I kind of agree with your point there, a truely horrendous survival situation is something no-one should want to find themselves in.
When we go out and practice these techniques, this are usualy because we enjoy them too. I reckon you'd find that the kind of people who hate the
outdoors with a passion are probably the ones who won't have a clue how to look after themselves out there when the time comes. Very few people will
go out and learn survival techniques if they hate them.
However many people have a need to test thier survival skills in an environment more demanding than thier backyard. I would'nt class someone as
strange for wanting to test thier skills out in a real survival scenario, to some that may be the ultimate test of years of training. A crap way of
testing it i agree, but it would be the biggest challenge of your life. Some people get off on pushing themselves and thier skills this way.
There are many extreme ways of testing your knowledge without wanting something like an end of the world situation though.
Go stick yourself in the middle of nowhere for a few weeks and see how you get on. You can pretty much make your imaginary situation X as bad as you
want even if you are doing it for fun. Once you mastered the basics, start adding difficulty to your outings each time you go out. Longer times away
from home, less modern gear to help you, challenges to complete during the task, limit yourself to moving only at night, no contact with the
public....those sorts of thing.
Ok some of those suggestions cross survival with escape and evasion tactics which whilst similar, are miles apart. I think there needs to be a very
clear line when talking about situation x, if i'm stranded in the middle of nowhere because i'm lost or injured, i WANT to be found! If things have
gone pearshaped in the future and maybe i did'nt want to be found, thats the time to employ other tactics.
So yeah, lets not hope for a tragedy, but by all means make your training as realistic as you want so when something bad does happen, it will be less
of an upheaval for you.