posted on Sep, 19 2007 @ 06:54 PM
There's a game I play with my grandson (he'll be 13 in about 3 weeks). We primitive camp a lot in different places. He has an avid interest in
nature and in how things work so he is a natural for a survivalist. We spend a lot of time hiking and plundering and just talking. I like to try to
catch him off guard and play a game of "what if". It goes like this:
Something has just happened, it doesn't matter what. Let's just say that you're the sole survivor of a small plane crash and there's nothing left
to salvage. There's no treasure trove of leftovers from society. All you have is what you have on you and what you know about what's around you.
That would include what you know about wild plant foods and medicine, improvised shelter, fire building, improvised weaponry, water procurement and
storage, camp cooking, first aid, etc., etc., etc... Nothing wilderness survival is off topic.
I might add that you have no idea where you are, only that it is extremely remote. No one else knows you're there either. You choose the climate and
season for your particular survival tip(s). We can also work from 2 different premises. One is that your survival depends on your eventually being
found but you're not in dire need. The other is that your survival depends on your not being found.
What are your first considerations on the first day, and long term, what can you share with us of what you know about the wilderness? Try to think in
terms of what you would normally have in your pockets. It was a private plane so you can have a knife/gun on you but keep it simple. The less you have
to work with the more you'll have to think and the more we'll all learn from this.