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Wilderness Survival Situations are real, and Fast

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Wilderness Survival Situations are real, and Fast

Postby GeorgeCollins » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:58 pm

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When people are in a wilderness survival situation. It becomes real and fast. Most people do not know, or realize, that when you can not get a good nights sleep, you are in a real wilderness survival situation, and right away. Lack or sleep (exhaustion) makes everything harder to do, and right away. People generally have, if they are prepared, guns, knifes and an axe, with them, etc. These things can hurt you, and fast, if not properly used. Just tripping over something, and hurting your ankle, can get you in a lot of trouble. Hurting a eye to of course. Tree branch.

Same with lack of water. Quickly, in the real world, it will become, all consuming to you. Getting water. In both these cases, problems will start to pile up, and things get worst and worst.

Exhaustion, also makes it easy to loose your possessions. You need to be able to lanyard everything to yourself, and have it highly visible. Wrapped in bright tape for example. Like you knife, axe, and firearms, and everything else (compasses). The tree or pole you have your stuff hanging off of too, needs to be easy to see, from far away. Streamers that are highly visible (orange garbage bags). Position marked on map, and in GPS too.

People do not realize, you are also now, on the menu. You will most likely be alone, and after a while, not smell to good. Predators have instinct to rely upon. Your cats and dogs, spend lots of time grooming themselves, as to help, stay healthy. To a predator, you have been abandoned by the heard, and appear to be so sick, as to not be grooming yourself, to stay healthy, and not smell. So you are now fair game to that predator. Sick and easy pickings, as far as it is concerned. Especially, if you are not moving around much, to conserve energy. You appear to sick, to move around much, to that predator.

I was out doors for several days once, and not very clean, after awhile. I was sleeping outside one time. I woke up to, what I call a land shark, attacking my foot. If that little animal, had gone after my throat, instead, I would not be here, I would be dead. Still inside town limits. It was a common fox. I have come to realize, that all solitary predators, are super brutal. They have to be, in order to survive. They kill bears, as far as I am concerned. A torn off toe in the wildness, is no joke. That is a serious wound to receive and get infected.

I had my shoes still on. It was thrashing back and forth, like a great white shark, trying to tear off one of my toes. I could feel it's needle sharp teeth through my tough shoes. It was biting straight on and to the side. Going after a toe, my big toe.

People who have lost, or missing children, or other loved ones, need to realize, it was not for sure, a farm raised fox, that attacked there child or loved one. When you see a fox, and it lunges at you, like it wants to attack you. Well, that's a bad fox. Remember, the wilderness has wild animals, and they are dangerous and hungry. Especially, with people eating prey animal plants, around towns, and cities. Less prey animals.

Support your local trapper(s). A trapper that catches all the local foxes, is doing a excellent job. Don't let the local government get ride of his job. He has your children's safety foremost in his mind. It appears, there is no more foxes, for example. There is no such thing, as a vacuum, in nature. Get ride of his job, and the predator will reappear. Should we get ride of law enforcement, if crimes almost disappear?

I pity people who get lost in the jungle. With giant spiders and centipedes. Super predators, that come after you, when they think it safe to. Well, wilderness survival experts, in the jungle, talk about having to keep a fire going, and staying awake all night, keeping the bugs and such away.

It's all the same in the end I guess.

Just the truth. Nature is beautiful, and wonderful, and dangerous. If not treated with respect, awe, and wonder.

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Re: Wilderness Survival Situations are real, and Fast

Postby Wayne » Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:23 pm

Hi George, welcome to the Forum...

I just wanted to comment on your statement: Wilderness Survival Situations are real, and Fast. I really don't understand what you mean by fast.

Although life threatening situations can occur in the wild. Most often nature is a slow killer. Yes, you can drown crossing a river, slip and fall off a cliff, be suddenly attacked by a wild animal, be caught in an avalanche, but in a woodland survival situation, what ends up killing you is your own lack of will and failure to follow basic techniques.

In Canada, the big killer is hypothermia. This can take as little as 10-15 minutes (cold-water immersion) or days. Basic skills such as building a shelter, learning how to start a fire, or simply keeping dry can make the difference.

The first thing I tell my students is after you have dealt with any immediate emergency, stop and think. Unless your bleeding heavily, you usually are afforded the ability to slow down and take stock of your situation. Sizing up the situation is the first step (and the first letter in survival).

In the wilderness, nothing usually happens quickly. Undue haste makes waste, slow and determined always trumps fast and unsure.
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Re: Wilderness Survival Situations are real, and Fast

Postby Bob Scott » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:52 pm

If anyone hasn't spent time in the bush (days) or Winter Camped they should. After reading all possible about equipment, why the specific equipment, fire and shelter's building, water filtering, bugs, bears, food storage..where to clean fish..i.e. at least 100 yards from a camp... Important stuff. Ideally, go out with an experienced Outdoor Wilderness camper/prepper or wilderness survivalist of experience. I have done it many years ago each winter. The first two years was indeed a learning curve. If in bush, always mark the compass pointing to the main road of which you originally came.
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