If you were lost in the woods for 1 week and had only a string that is 6' long, a hook, a brush knife that is a foot and a half inch long, flint and
steal, no map, no idea where you were could you servive.
OK... Assuming im lost in British woods (which is the most likely situation for me) and assuming that i am totally lost deep in the woods, i would do
First thing would be to find somewhere suitable to set up camp... If posssible close to a fresh water stream and above anywhere that has a posibilty
of flooding but sheltered from the wind...
First things first... i probably wouldnt bother trying to fish with a six inch line (although i could extend the line using my bootlaces) because
British fish can be very shy and it could mean hours sitting around doing nothing when i could find better use of my time.
I could construct a basic A-Frame but would probably go for something more eleberate (due to me liking my comfort hehe) I would try to raise my self a
few inches from the floor using logs and cover these with fresh leaves and very young branches as bedding. Over this i could maybe build a lean-to.
To get a fire going i would collect the flakes of bark from the Birch tree and ignite these using my flint and steel. I would also keep some in my
pocket (along with some kindling) so that i have dry tinder available at all times.
I would then set up a seperate signal fire away that is not downwind to my camp (dont wanna get smoked out)
Hopefully i would be near a fresh water stream... if not i would spend the early hours of the morning collecting, as much water as possible, from the
dew that settles on grass using a T-Shirt or other absorbant material.
Carbs - I would collect roots of plants such as Cattail (available all year round assuming you are near water) Burdock and Dandelion (All of this
plant can be eaten)
Vitimins - Forage for wild berries and fruits such as Blackberry,Rosehip and crap apples.
Protein - Best bet would be to lay snares and traps to catch squirells and rabits... The cordage to make the snares could be made from stinging neetle
fibres and the leaves can be eaten or used to make a vitimin rich tea. If i was in for a real long stay i could always set up a basic smoking rack and
gain a supply of long shelf life food (depending on how well the snares work)
Depending on the time of year i could also collect Nuts such as Sweet chestnut (Mmmm lovely when roasted) Beechnut and Hazelnut.
IMHO the most important thing would be to stay busy... Sitting around feeling sorry for yourself can lead to dispair and depression so best to keep
yourself occupied and keep your morale up. You should take pride in even the small achievments such as making cordage and collecting a nice pile of
dry fire wood.
[edit on 17-1-2007 by undercoverchef]