I needed to get out and test the skills a little, so what better way to do that, than to go with no food, no water, no container and with only my shovel for a tool. Everyone should challenge themselves every now and again, break that comfort zone. After all you can’t die of hunger in 3 days, thirst maybe.
Due to the snow being around 6inchs deep I decided it wasn’t worth the energy or the water expenditure to forage for food (been eating for 31 years what’s 3 days). If I was out there longer, I would have improved my water situation to point that I could keep myself hydrated to normal levels and get out and find food.
The shovel I took with me was the cold steel spetnaz shovel. I found it to be a beast of a tool, which hacked through 4inch ironwood logs in no time. I wouldn’t use it for splitting but it has a wide array of other uses other than digging and chopping.
Great tool for winter.
Survival isn’t exciting or pretty
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You are miles from civilization with no cell phone signal you only have a knife and a source ignition with you.
Remember always tell someone where you are going and give them your route plan with the date and time you are due back. Even when going for a hike, carry the minimal gear with you for emergencies I will do a video on this soon.
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This is a situation that anyone could find themselves in. The difference between a survivor and a corpse is preparedness. leave what you would do in the comments below the video I will post the continuation and answer in two days.
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There are loads of different configurations that you can do with different tarp sizes. Bungees are a great way to put up a shelter quickly and will enable you to take it down quickly if the need arises. This leaves you more time for the other activities around camp.
We ve all seen a simple lean too shelter, so here are the pictures of both wedge shelters.
You can use sticks for the entrance also but with one bungee it’s easier than that. If you don’t have a single tree in front you can put a tie off line across two trees and hook to that. Which is what I did here.
Using a the para cord knot, tarp clips or something along those lines, that won’t damage your tarp, you can add tie off points. These will enable you to add head room to your shelter.
I will show a few more variations in the future but these are a good couple to start with.
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(Correction to my facts the life straw filters 1000litres)
Remember boiling is the only 100% proven method to make your drinking water safe from pathogens.
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I wanted to experiment with making my own waterproof light weight and highly pack able fire lighting strips so here is the result.
Here is how to spilt larger wood without a solid knife. This knife is a swiss army knife climber which I carry everyday.
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No food, no shelter, no sleeping bag, no cordage, no containers, just the clothes on my back the knowledge in my head and my shovel to last 4 days in the woods alone,
Real survival I think every perspective teacher of this subject should experience.
I intend on leading by example and will never class myself as an expert because there is always something new to learn.
Come with me as is show you one of the best natural materials for making natural cordage. At the end I will do a strength test on the cordage I have just made.
Here are some pictures of some Dog bane in winter note the redish brown colour.
You can really see the redish brown colour in this picture
Note how the alot of the branches grow at 90 degrees from each other
Note the drooping leaves in the top left of the picture
The centre of the shaft is hollow apart from a little bit of a pith on the out side. This one doesn’t look it because I had put it into the snow while I was looking for more and it’s filled with ice.
As you all know I was ment to go out in to the bush this weekend with the rat. Unfortunately I had to abort the mission after this happened. Lol
Things to remember
- Always carry food and water in your vehicle;
- Always carry a shovel;
- Always have a tow kit with tow strop, reflective gear and flash light;
- Have a way to re inflate tires (air in a can, compressor etc)
- Carry blankets, extra warm gear and water proof gear, a tarp and gloves;
- Keep Those old car matts in the trunk, they can come in handy. Iven winter a bag of salt or sand is also a good back up for extra grip;
- Keep your fuel tank topped up;
- First aid kit and training;
- Know how to signal for help if you cannot use your cell phone;
- Tow company coverage;
- Knowledge in basic self recovery weighs nothing;
- A way to heat and cook food and boil water;
- As with any trip always tell someone where you are going and the route you plan to take.
Hopefully this is helpful to you all and keeps you safe out there. Things like this can happen to anyone and everyone so Make sure you are prepared.
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