posted on Nov, 16 2009 @ 01:11 PM
reply to post by Doc Holiday
Agreed, while a compass (in any form) is handy, it is very easy to envision a situation where you're lost, and do not have the ability to fashion a
compass of any kind. Alternative survival tips are surely useful.
Here's some other ideas I've heard over the years:
- "Trick" birthday candles (the ones that re-light when blown out), great for fire starting multiple fires.
- Dryer Lint in a small pillbottle -- excellent fire starter/kindling
- When looking for fresh water, follow the mosquitoes/flies, they know where its at!
- Dandelions -- they are everywhere in the U.S., and they are a tremendous source of nutrition.
- Compass-less Direction finding: If lost in a wooded area, look for a stump from a logged tree. Observe the growth rings. The southerly direction can
be determined by the width of the rings. The rings will be wider on the part of the stum that faces south.
- If you are out in cold/winter weather, PACE YOURSELF, and try to avoid perspiration as much as possible, perspiration means you're losing water,
and cooling your skin, both which are very bad in such a situation.
- Also in cold -- firebed! Dig a fire pit about 3 feet wide and the length of your body, and make it about 8 inches deep. Make a nice sized fire,
and let it burn down to coals. Spread the coals evenly around the area you dug up, then put a good 2" or more layer of dirt over top of the coals.
You can safely sleep on top of that, and it will easily retain its heat for 6-8 hours even in freezing temperatures.