posted on Aug, 17 2007 @ 11:37 AM
There is another survival thread where posters have listed their "survival skills."
I'm sure a number of them have actual experience. But I also notice a lot of posters who have "watched a TV show" or read a book, or were cub
scouts 20 years ago, who assume that they "have skill." When all they have is a shadowy memory.
Practically every survival-fan pictures himself a mighty hunter. But hunting for survival is in a totally different class. Can you bring down a
buck, with no deer stand, no deer feeder, and no pickup or ATV to get you to the best sites? What about when others are out in the woods, totally
disregarding the laws . . .? Sure, you can "dress out" your kill, but can you do it without reducing your trophy to "buck soup?" And what will
you do with no freezer, and maybe no transport back to your camp?
When you claim fishng as a survival skill, you mean riding in a pickup to a government stocked stream, fishing for 3 hours while you drink beer, then
throwing the catch in a cooler full of ice you bought at the bait shop, then cooking it over a cookstove powered by coleman fuel. Not exactly
survival fishing, is it? Or do you mean you've carved a fishhook from a bit of clamshell, baited it with a fly you made from lint, and used the
chord from your windbreaker for a dry line? Yeah. I didn't think so.
How many fires have you started with a bow drill, you made from found components within a quarter mile of your camp? It's one thing to know the
process involved. Its another to risk your life in a snowstorm on it. In real life, every winter, at least one party of skiers or campers FREEZES TO
DEATH in the American west, because they couldn't build a fire while they were cold, hungry and hurt. I bet someone in every party "knew" about
bow drills and flint-steel firekits. But they died anyway. there's a lesson in there somewhere, for those who are interested in survival more than
Even here, there's a difference between rendering aid in the middle of a Level I trauma center, with support staff and a full dispensary, versus
stuffing a severed artery with a tampon, then making a tournequette from a broken purse strap. I think most ER nurses and combat medics could manage
it. I'm not sure some of the rest of us could.
Some real survival skills:
Survival food prep
I posted a thread here about my efforts to make venison jerky and beef jerky without using electricity or fossil fuel. Last weekend I put my skills
to the test--I defrosted our freezer in the garage, and jerked all the buckmeat, and cooked all the frozen fish and fowl left in it from last year. I
was shocked by how much I had to throw away, because even in a beer cooler, it didn't stay cold enough to be SURE of. I also learned how LITTLE meat
I actually jerk in a single batch. So I ended up improvising a smokehouse out of an old electrical box. Even though it didn't work, I learned a
HECK of a lot of useful info.
And when the power goes off, and everyone else decides that the frozen meat at the store will go bad, I know how to convert some of it into survival
food that will last 2-3 years. Now, that's a skill I'm interested in.
I tried planting a garden this year, only from seeds that were MORE than a year old. To simulate your second year as a survival gardener; you
know, after the stores close and there's no more seed . . .
None of my corn even came up. And growing tomatoes from seed is a lot easier than I thought. Why do we always buy pre-sprouted "sets" from the
hardware store? It works just as well from the seeds. And I had no idea that romaine lettuce could grow so well here . . .
I also am watering from captured rainwater. Thing is, I'm doing it in a record-rainfall year here in Texas, so it hasn't exactly taught me much.
BTW, I'm in the process of getting some chickens, to raise my own eggs and fryers . . . I'll let you know about the survival implications in a
In closing, I think there's a WORLD of difference between "knowing about" a topic, and possessing the kinesthetic skill you'd depend on in a
survival situation. We need more threads about people investigating survival topics, and less about what people have seen on cable TV.
I prefer the unpleasant truth to even the prettiest of lies.
[edit on 17-8-2007 by dr_strangecraft]