The survival scenario in question couldn't happen because I wouldn't have driven to a hiking spot
But if I'm going theoretically, I'd be with the only other two people that I care most about from town so I wouldn't need to go back to search for
survivors. It's also a risk to us to go back because of potential high-dose levels of radiation and quite possibly full of urban warfare. Since I
ONLY hike with full survival gear when I do go hiking, we'd be really well set as far as survival. It's relatively light-weight, roughly 36lbs for
everything (can be shared between two people), and I have all of the tools necessary to tell where I need to go, how far I need to go, what the
temperature is, and what the weather will be like the following day.
I wouldn't carry unnecessary things like an axe, rather I have a survival "chainsaw" which is basically a manual version of a chainsaw. You can get
through a full-size tree within 2-minutes or smaller trees (dead ones) within one. You also use a lot less energy cutting these trees and it's so
lightweight that it makes it as an essential survival tool.
I probably wouldn't have many rations available, but I'd be able to purify water for at least 3-4 months. Food would be gathered or killed charred and
I'm not too savvy about what's poisonous and what's not just yet but in the event that we run into poison ivy/oak, there's quite a few wipes
to neutralize this.
Anyways,we'd be making it to the safe haven point which we would be able to survive for as long as necessary (hopefully). Survival-wise, I'd build
inverted pyramid fires or whatever you call them so they can be efficient and smoke-less. If at all possible, I'd make these in spots that aren't
open and camouflaged from distant views.
We would all have our assigned roles for the things that we're best at during survival times and of course teaching each other what we know is
important too. Keeping sanity, I always have a deck of waterproof cards in my survival kit. There's only so much you can talk about before you start
biting each others heads off.
The trek would take approximately 3-4 months which is why I'm prepared for just about that amount of time. Theoretically my survival kit should be
able to last us three, for up to 2-years but only in certain environments. Also in this kit there are two solar panels which can charge cellphones or
walkie talkies. We wouldn't carry our cellphones around but the walkie talkies are great to find out if there are people within radius (try to
avoid). It's also good as an emergency precaution in the event that we're forced to separate for a little bit. Each walkie talkie has their own
headset. (in the future they will all have their own solar charger)
That's what I'd do if I had to survive in such an event. It's hard to say "don't turn back" but in survival, these decisions need to be made to well,
have a higher chance on seeing another day. I hope such a scenario would never happen! I only practice survival out of the importance of knowing it
in the event that.... But I don't actually expect something to happen. Preparedness is crucial for survival!
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