posted on Jun, 17 2011 @ 12:08 PM
There is a tipping point of survivalism that borders on the absurd. $300, 60lbs, 7 day survival packs filled with Coghlan's finest crap that either
fails to work, works poorly or breaks as you use it. Ozark Trail is similar junk found only at Wally World.
I could hand you $50 or even $500 worth of quality gear, and it is just as worthless if you have no idea how to use it. Chemsuits, cammo face paint
and $1500 assault rifles are not suvivalists in the truer sense of the word.
I once knew a guy that had a 300 foot spool of 550 paracord that he would never use. Was always saving it for when it was truly needed. Same with that
$5 dollar Coleman Camp Axe. He would never use it. But then again, he didn't know how to use a hand axe either since he never used one.
A person can only learn so much from videos, books and product reviews. If you never put the skills to use on a regular basis, you will either not
learn them, forget them when you need them or find that you have some equipment that you can do without.
To me, the mark of a true survivalist is not gear, supplies or even level of experience (to a degree) but the ability to teach what you know to
others. Because the first thing you do in any survival situation when you have a moment is to take stock of what you have. That is the materials on
you and the group as well as the knowledge that is among you all.
Depending on level of experience and luck while scavenging, if you have some mixed pocket change and are near a railroad and some trees, you have all
you need to make a respectable set of bow and arrows within an hour or so. Being able to teach what to do is what makes you a survivalist. Now, being
able to make it and use it effectively is where practice, knowledge and experience comes in to play. And that is the difference between survival and
getting by on luck.
There have been a few comments about the government and charities, try flagging down a police officer while walking along the side of the road in the
afternoon and ask him for a ride into town. Your odds are better with a random stranger passing by to give you a lift. Especially if you have a
backpack on. If you are carrying a gas can, you have even odds of getting a lift, even if there is not a car parked on the side of the road.