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
I hope this was enjoyable for you I will be doing a full lessons learned video soon and updating this page. The link to amazon is below if you want to look at the shovel on there.
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After being on social media now for a few months I figured It was time to show you why you should be subscribed to my channel and my blog.
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.
Here are pictures of the build shes made from 5160 truck spring steel.
First stage is to draw out my shape onto the metal.
With an angle grinder I cut out my rough shape.As you can see I have some hammering to do in the axe head.
Into the forge to heat her up to a workable temperature
The shape is coming but I still have a few more heats to do to get the blade length and shape I am after. At this point the work has cooled down to much for big shaping hits, lighter taps are used to take out some of the hammer marks.
Axe blade and hammer hammered in time to work on the knife and saw blade.
This hump is where I cut in the saw blade I wanted a little extra material to play with.
Knife blade shaped and saw blade angle ground in its rough but she looks like she ll work.
It ain’t no Bacho but she doesn’t cut bad at all.
Rough and mean looking shes finished figured I would try a leather wrap handle.
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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keep an eye out for this weekends adventure video.
Here is the very basic way I like to layer up for the colder weather.
Things to remember when layering up for the colder weather:
- Cotton and other slow drying absorbent materials are your enemy in colder weather.
- Wool is king because it not only holds 80% of its thermal properties even when wet but is also mildly flame retardant to.
- Wear more layers of thinner clothing, rather than fewer layers of thicker clothing.
- Don’t forget a hat and gloves
I hope this is helpful if you have any questions, as always don’t hesitate to ask.
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This is the packed size of the entire set up, i used my tomahawk as a size contrast. I just bought a Belgian army Bergan and this fit into that pack with room to spare and doesn’t weigh to much.
Parts used to make stove and teepee
10x14ft poly tarp
heavy duty gorilla duct tape
cheap para cord
18″ by 10″ stainless steel cooking pot
sheet of steel for latch, grill mounts and front vent
5x steel cooking trays for lightweight stove pipe
car exhaust pipe elbow and male/female connection attached to pot
steel pipe and chain for tri pod
various nuts and bolts
2x steel grills
I am looking forward to using this set up again, I just need to adjust the jack a little. All in all I had the stove burning for over 12 hours continuously. In these extreme cold environments it is a good habit to keep a pot of water warm over the fire at all times. The stove enabled me to do that in a safe way.
Thanks for watching I hope this inspires you to get out, create gear and enjoy the wilderness.
Loads more to come
Here is part 2 of my Natural navigation series
Between the 12 and the hour hand (pointed at the sun) on your watch shows you which way is south.
When you see a number of snow dunes like this all shaped in the same direction, this is a good indicator of which way the prevailing wind is coming from.