Wilderness survival is one of my interests on the subject of preparations for emergencies. To have knowledge of the techniques needed to make it through an emergency that either happened in the wilderness, or an emergency that led you there such as evacuating the region, will benefit you greatly.
Knowledge, skills and proper preparations on all levels may very well save your life and the lives of those around you.
Photo: I spent the night in this one before adding the leaves. More work needed to be done.
Have a look at the other pages offered on my site for more information. My site has much to offer with many links and videos as well to help you learn more.
Enrolling in a wilderness survival course can be fun and challenging. If you spend a lot of time in the wilderness to either hunt, hike, canoe or work in the great outdoors, you should consider enrolling in a school to gain the skills required to make it through a survival situation should one occur.
Anything can happen out there, a twisted ankle, a bad fall, a vital piece of gear was damaged or lost, you capsized your canoe and there went your supplies down the river, or whatever else that can happen. John "Lofty" Wiseman, a survival expert at Trueways Survival School had spoken about the incident that inspired the movie Alive. There were several things which if the survivors would have done, the outcome could have been much different.
Have a look at The Andes Accident 1972 website to learn about what had happened back in 1972, with photos etc.
In survival it is about 85% attitude or psychological and 15% physical. Many who had great skills and knowledge have perished because they didn't have the proper mind set in a survival situation. Many who weren't 'experts' have survived serious survival situations because they did have the proper mind set. They refused to give up. It was either their faith, their families or other reasons that was their driving force combined with their will to survive that saw them through their difficulties.
The mind set I just spoke of is a part of what is called the Attitude of Survival, or the Psychology of Survival. It is the first thing to get under control, your reaction to whatever happened.
There are other things involved that makes someone successful. The more knowledge you possess, the better. If you have a kit and/or other modern implements for you to use, it'll increase your chances of survival even further. Consider placing a photo of your family or anyone else whom you love in your survival kits. This photo can be a reminder of what means most to you, and combined with your will to survive or live, you stand a much greater chance of getting out alive.
Please consider Preparing Your Younger Children with a simple kit and training that can very well save their lives.
Throughout history men, women and children have been caught in diverse circumstances that led to a survival scenario of one sort or another out in the great outdoors. The primary danger you may face out there other than yourself if you panic, is Mother Nature. Many die of exposure to the elements. It is vital to maintain your body core temperature in whatever environment you are in.
Once again having a good kit as you would in an urban environment is essential. However this wilderness survival kit must be adapted to the type of environment you'll be in, as well as the season and duration of your trip. Be certain to pack any extra medications etc., and bring an EpiPen with a spare if you may have an anaphylactic reaction to bee stings or other substances you may encounter.
I'll quote three paragraphs from another page on my site:
"Many like the camouflage and earth tone colors for their survival gear including ropes. In principle that is good for the military but if you are equipping yourself to have a good survival kit then you will want to avoid these colors. You want to be as visible as possible in order to be seen so that you may be rescued. Building a natural shelter will naturally camouflage it in the environment so you don't need any more camouflaged materials in your setup, because it will make it that more difficult for search and rescue to find you. It is also because if you drop or misplace something it'll be easier to find in dim light or on forest floors which are at times darker colored. With a light you have a chance to find something, especially if you taped brightly colored tape or reflective material on it. If you will be using a tarp and if you had packed an orange one (or blue in autumn) wouldn't that be great in order to be seen. If you have a green one, you'll need to improvise a little more. This will mean that you will expend more time and energy by needing to improve your signals.
Not to offend anyone who uses these hard to see camouflage or earth tone colors, but it isn't time to play Rambo in the woods. Survival is a serious matter and I believe in teaching responsible practices. Survival preparations begins at the pre-trip planning stage, in the case of a planned excursion out in the woods. If you have a personal survival kit and unexpectedly wound up in an emergency somewhere, be certain your small kit will do the job. Not everything needs to be brightly colored, but don't go all out in camouflage or earth tone either. For essential items such as a knife, firestarter etc. you can use a brightly colored lanyard attached to them if they are not brightly colored to begin with. Use common sense.
That being said tailor your kits to best suit the conditions that you may expect. If the situation in a post-disaster scenario is precarious, consider your options and use camouflage techniques if necessary. This is the exception I mentioned above that applies to civilians. The military will naturally go the way of camouflage."
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The one thing that you do not want to do is panic. Panic can lead to hasty actions and decisions that can prove fatal. To help us, there are acronyms to help us remember how to remain calm, access the situation, and plan appropriately the next move.
Here is a link for the STOP acronym.
Here is a link for the SURVIVAL acronym (FM 21-76 military manual) Click Chapter 1 to get all the details of what the acronym means. This manual was released by the U.S. Government to be available to the public.
S - Size Up the Situation
U - Use All Your Senses, Undue Haste Makes Waste
R - Remember Where You Are
V - Vanquish Fear and Panic
I - Improvise
V - Value Living
A - Act Like the Natives
L - Live by Your Wits, But for Now, Learn Basic Skills
Always use your best decision in making your next move, even if it doesn't fit with the order of things you may see in lists in different places. Have a look here for more information why this is important.
Have a look at the rest of this site for more information on wilderness survival. There is so much that can be written on the subject, and I have given a lot of information on the pages of this site. I encourage you to go further and do some more research.