posted on Jan, 8 2010 @ 03:44 AM
Let's have a look at the downside of things from a personal perspective. Having You're going to get wet. Moving through the woods or even in a shelter
spent a great deal of time in woods trying out various aboriginal living/survival
skills I figured some folks might want to know just what is the worst you can
expect in a survival situation. Should you spend more than a day for two out in
the woods without camping equipment, building shelter from natural materials,
foraging wild plants for food, I would call that survival. Here's a sample of what
you will probably encounter-
during a bad storm things will get sloshy. Sleeping in a leaky shelter will teach
you quickly to make better ones. Only a very well built shelter will
keep you dry and that should be the FIRST outdoor skill you learn.
It is imperative that you keep your body dry to avoid hypothermia in cold
conditions and various fungal skin infections when it's hot. Dry your clothing
every chance you get, ESPECIALLY YOUR SOCKS AND BOOTS.
Goretex clothing is a godsend but expensive. If you got the bux - buy it.
Polypropylene underwear and socks wick moisture away and keep you dry in
Also NEVER BREAK A SWEAT IN COLD WEATHER.
HUNGER- You will get hungry. Humans can go 3 minutes without air, 3
days without water and 3 weeks without food. Remember the "rule of 3's" to
keep your priorities straight. Practice fasting so if you do have to hungry it will
not be such a major ordeal. It's healthy for you as well.
Wild plants are very nutritious, you will be amazed at how little it takes to
satisfy your hunger. greens do boil down considerably so get about twice
as much leaves as you think you may eat.
Many wild plants taste...well, awful. Some game and "unmentionable edibles"
such as earthworms, insects and larvae taste bad as well. Taste won't kill you.
Save the tastiest part of what you have to eat for last - you don't want a foul
taste in your mouth all night.
THIRST- You will get thirsty. Drink regularly even if your not. Even small
losses of body water lead to muscle cramps, nausea and confusion. Learning
to find and filter natural water sources should be the 2nd skill you master. There
is always water available even in the desert. Learn where to find it in the area
that you plan to be.
BOREDOM- . Nights in a shelter with bugs crawling over you can be
ever so long - you'll swear the sun is never going to rise. If you are alone it
can be particularly bad, even debilitating. Always have something to work on
around your fire at night - wrap cordage, make tools do whatever to keep it
from setting in on you.
FEAR - There are many things out there that one can be afraid of. Myself
I'm scared of poisonous snakes crawling into my bed at night. You will
have to face those fears for yourself whatever they are. If you're scared of
snakes get to know them, go somewhere where they will let you handle one.
We have the fear reflex for good reasons but education and experience will
teach us what our real fears should be based on; things like hungry
bears, ticks, mosquitoes or injuring yourself when there's no help for miles.
INJURY- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Multiply
that by 10x when in the wild. Take a bad step - break your ankle, eat the
wrong plant or drink bad water - get laid up for days with diarrhea. Caution
is the byword for everything you do in the bush. Use extreme care with knives,
a bad cut can get infected and gangrene can set in. Ditto for saws and axes.
Never walk in the dark if you can avoid it, there's too much chance of a misstep
or poking your eye out on a limb.
That's the worst of it. If you learn some basic skills and keep your wits about
you you'll get through it. You will learn alot about yourself in the process, things
you never thought you could put up with you did, and that is a feeling of
accomplishment that is hard to come by.