posted on Aug, 29 2009 @ 02:52 AM
Excuse the long title but I wanted to take a moment and look at other reasons for reading this Forum, learning the skills mentioned here and
practicing them in real life.
Adventure and Fun...
Many years ago, in college, I became involved in what was then a budding day of outdoor fun called Earth Day. It is much more prolific now, but back
then it was just a day of outdoor fun in most of the colleges and universities around the area I was in.
Anyway, we would all go to different places and camp, have some really cool bonfires and camp-fire sing-a-longs. Someone would always have a guitar
and maybe a harmonica, a little John Denver to fit the occasion and we had a blast.
It was here that I started Climbing and learning to effectively use a canoe and kayak. It was here I got the bug and learned that while sometimes
difficult, this was really really fun.
This led to a lifetime of camping, adventure racing, climbing and just flat out enjoying being out in the wilderness. To this day I take a week off
from work and kiss the wife goodbye and head out to some remote place and spend a week on my own. Hiking, camping and sometimes I even still do a
little climbing and rappelling...
While some of the topics and material here is very serious and should be taken as such, the majority of this is just fun to do; great to learn and no
doubt handy if the world ever does fall apart, but for now, just a heck of a lot of fun.
So get up, get away and get out there and practice making a fire without matches or a lighter. It may take you a bit to learn, it does all of us, but
it is in the learning that the feeling of accomplishment comes.
Get up with a climbing group in your area and ask if you can join them one weekend.. You will amaze yourself how well you will do and how it will make
you feel. (Until you are experienced, NEVER Climb alone)
Go to the local range and do some shooting. Most places let you rent guns for around 10.00 and the range time is very minimal..
Just go into your back yard and get a nice fire going one evening, (Check local regulations and the burn status in your area) and roast some hotdogs
and just spend the evening looking at the sky. Fall asleep and wake up with fresh dew on your body.
You will be amazed at how all of this will make you feel..
Survival can be fun and is definitely rewarding.
(I have a great secret for the best Smores you ever ate if anyone wants it)