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Originally posted by traderjack
I inadvertently developed a decent survival curriculum vitae
Grew up on a cattle ranch
10 yr paramedic
tactical and wilderness training
welding in high school (ran out of college prep)
BS biology minor chemistry
HAM radio in scouts (still dabble)
working on CompTIA A+ & network certs
ACSM personal trainer (cr0ssfit fanatic)
amateur boxer, BJJ purple belt, Judo BB
avid hunter (deer, elk, hog,) (have hunted bear)
father in law is a gunsmith and I pay attention
dad was a mechanic, didn't pay enough attention but I can change a tire or alternator
A personal protective course to work for a private contractor years back. (won't name training facility but quite reputable; unfortunate the contractor wasn't)
working spanish language
took several GIS courses as electives
And this is just the basic stuff....oh and I worked for two years as a carpenter and bricklayer.
Originally posted by titorite
Water and food!
Can you distill water? Can you do it with nothing more than some plastic and a plate of glass? I will give you a hint, it requires digging. Can you use a coke bottle and smooth suface to get clean fresh water? You can if you have an angle. Water is vital. With out clean fresh water you die in 5 days or less. So knowing all you can about water and how to get the liquid is VITAL!
Then there is food! You can eat acorns if you boil off the tannin. Takes to long in my opinion. Heck Humans can eat most anything like goats. Grass, tree bark, ants, the trick is to know what will sustain you.
Know water and know food and your set. Not even a idiot would harm the man that can bring him fresh water and food. If you hold those keys you hold the village.
Originally posted by waterdoctor
Know how to make KNO3, fox fire books have a good method. Have made Beer! Know how to cast bullets. Have made knives before, truck springs work good. Make my own arrows and bow strings. Master class pistol shooter. Gunsmith on the side for fun. Chemistry is what I do for a day job. We raised and broke horses when I was young. Have butchered everything from rabbits to 1400 pound cattle. Know the local edible wild plants and have used them. Still I think that any thing over 5 years will be gravy for me.