One man and his shovel real survival.

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.

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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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Thanks again if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Nick

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The 10 c’s of basic gear you should take with you into the wilderness

This is my take on Dave Canterbury’s 10 C’s of survival this should be the basic minimal kit every bushcrafter, survivalist, hiker, backpacker etc should take with them into the wilderness. Don’t take chances with your life and safety. Have fun and live comfortably out there.

My 10 c’s of basic gear

Cutting tool- Good solid knife (fixed or locking blade)

Coverage- Tarp 10×10

Combustion- Put together a kit with multiple ways of making fire

Cordage- 50-100ft 550 paracord

Container- Personal preferance but a good solid container

Candling- Good higher loomin head flashlight keeps your hands free

Course- Compass, Map and Gps never just a gps

Communication- Cell phone, Satillite communicator (inreach device, spot device)

Care- First aid kit taylered for you and not just an off the shelf kit

Confidence- In your gear and knowing how to use it.

Know more, rely on less

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What would you do in this situation? This is what I would do.

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.

I Hope this was educational for you

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My Top 10 bushcraft books and 4 helpful plant identification apps that I use.

These are the main books I have used over the years to help me learn skills and techniques. There are many ways to skin cat so I like to see how different people do things then work out my own. When learning wild edibles find instructors and cross reference with different books and apps. Only eat something if you are 100% sure about what it is.

I hope this is helpful to you, if anyone has anything to add or any questions please don’t hesitate to write them in the comments.

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Coming soon …One man and his shovel

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.

I d like to reveal something ambitiously made

Here are pictures of the build shes made from 5160 truck spring steel.

 

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First stage is to draw out my shape onto the metal.

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With an angle grinder I cut out my rough shape.As you can see I have some hammering  to do in the axe head.

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Into the forge to heat her up to a workable temperature

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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.

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Axe blade and hammer hammered in time to work on the knife and saw blade.

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This hump is where I cut in the saw blade I wanted a little extra material to play with.

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Knife blade shaped and saw blade angle ground in its rough but she looks like she ll work.img_20170212_1732581178376101.jpg

It ain’t no Bacho but she doesn’t cut bad at all.

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Rough and mean looking shes finished figured I would try a leather wrap handle.

Nick

 

Stuck in the snow and self recovery.

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

  1. Always carry food and water in your vehicle;
  2. Always carry a shovel;
  3. Always have a tow kit with tow strop, reflective gear and flash light;
  4. Have a way to re inflate tires (air in a can, compressor etc)
  5. Carry blankets, extra warm gear and water proof gear, a tarp and gloves;
  6. 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;
  7. Keep your fuel tank topped up;
  8. First aid kit and training;
  9. Know how to signal for help if you cannot use your cell phone;
  10. Tow company coverage;
  11. Knowledge in basic self recovery weighs nothing;
  12. A way to heat and cook food and boil water;
  13. 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.

Thanks very much for watching and reading

Nick

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