posted on Mar, 24 2010 @ 04:03 PM
I love threads like this where the poster says knowledge is all you need.
Almost makes me laugh. Yes, if you go into the woods without any clue as to what you are doing, its over. I dont care how much stuff you have. As
for making your own in the wilderness, yup, great idea. But why would I want to spend 1/2 hour carving a drinking vessel when a titanium cup comes in
under 4 ozs?
There are so many trains of thought on what to carry, what to leave behind, it really comes down to how you plan and where you are.
If you are in a metro area, the items you will want to carry will be to be light and defence minded, water purification would also be a good idea.
Most everything else can be found or fashioned by whats left of your area.
If your plan is to simply grab an INCH bag and take off of an undetermined amount of time, the items and weight grows greatly. Medical, fire, way to
find/kill foodstuffs, shelter (which can consist of a number of things from axes to rope to tarps, etc...)
If you have a planned retreat, i.e. somewhere to go to, or a meeting place, you can pack light and stockpile your cache or cabin or whatever you
The key thing in any kit is to use it, know it and understand its and your limitations. Anyone should be able to start a fire with a flint and steel,
but can you? Or do you need matches until you get it right? Can you create a livable lean too or snow cave, or do you need your tarps and
I tweak my kit constantly as I use different items, or my personal situation changes. Its all about you and where you are going and what you think
you can live without.
For the knowledge only people.....you wouldnt last a week where I am at without an axe, yes, I could make one with a sharp rock, a stick and some
willow bark, but why? Surviving doesnt have to be about making life even more difficult should TSHTF, but being able to still enjoy living, and there
are tools out there that make being alone in the woods a whole lot easier and enjoyable.