Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wilderness and Forest Survival Skills

By Paul Kigen.
We will limit this post to discuss the physical Wilderness and Forest survival skills. Now let’s pick a hypothetical situation. For instance, you are stranded in the wilderness, and it’s almost nightfall. What will you do? How will you cope before the weather or the wild animals get to you? How do you ensure that you beat the odds and stay alive long enough? The answers to these critical and similar questions are contingent upon whether you possess survival tactics or not. You must be na├»ve if you think that a situation requiring critical survival tactics will never arise since according to Murphy’s law, “whatever can go sideways will certainly go sideways.”
So, this implies that you will be better off if you’re well prepared for the unexpected by harnessing the critical skills and tactics needed for survival in extreme conditions. Family survival farm is going to enlighten on some of the survival skills required for survival in the forest and wilderness.

1.    Locate an appropriate site for camping. You’ll need to abstain from spots with natural hazards like insect nests and places prone to being flooded.
2.    Build yourself a suitable shelter to insulate yourself from precipitation and cold.

3.    Light a fire using a battery by short-circuiting the battery.
4.    Further light up your fire using easily flammable things like dry twigs and leaves.

5.    Locate a water source with drinkable water. Your capability of differentiating clean water from unclean water will be critical here. As a basic rule, water that is stagnant or has been in the same spot for some time should be shunned, while dew, snow, and rainwater are good enough for drinking.
6.    You can collect water transpiring from leaves using a plastic bag. This will serve you well as drinking water.

7.    You should be able to distinguish non-edibles from edible plants. Chasing after big wild animals can turn out to be a waste of energy. As an alternative, go for the small, easily obtainable animals such as small reptiles, rodents, and plants. You should buy books to enlighten yourself about edible and non-edible plants and animals in different environments’.

8.    Study how to use and make multi-pronged spears using wood and knife. This is the most recommended way of hunting small game.
9.    Learn how to navigate during the day by using an analog watch or the position of the sun to acquire your general bearing.
10.    You should also find out how to navigate at night by locating Polaris (the North Star.) The North Star is usually at the end of the little dippers handle (lower left), whose stars are faint compared to those of the Big Dipper. By drawing a line between the 2 stars after you locate the Bigger Dipper and by outspreading this line past the Little Dipper, you will realize that it aligns with the North Star. And if you are facing Polaris, then you are facing the true North.

11.    Make sure you learn how to tie different kinds of knots especially the bow line, it could turn out to be your life saver in the wilderness.

12.    Learn how to send out a signal. You can either set up a signal fire on a hilltop or a clearing as long as visibility is maximized to help rescuers’ locate you. Ensure you create a fire base, so moisture does not put out your fire. As an alternative, you can also use a mirror as a signal by getting the light’s angle of the reflection right. This usually works equally well with both moonlight and sunlight.

All things considered, we can summarize by stating that survival in the wilderness is a matter of the correct application of common sense.