Wilderness survival

If you are like me and love the outdoors, you have perhaps faced the conflict between stepping off the trodden path, and not being stupid in putting yourselves in a unnecessary danger. Though I am sympathetic to even those who knowingly take extraordinary risks (skydivers, rock climbers, BASE jumpers etc.), I cannot understand the people who step over the edge in ignorance.

Here is a video on wilderness survival that I found really interesting, funny, and aimed at beginners. It was full of simple insights that could save your life when you are in a tough spot. Some of the things addressed: Why not to worry about building a fire? Why not to worry about food? How to react to a bear/ wild cat/ or a snake? How to signal? How not to get lost? etc.

Most importantly this video will help you build a survival kit in less than 20 dollars and pack it into a small (zip lock) plastic bag you can keep in your side pockets. I will mention some of the things that I thought were handy to carry.

  1. Small mirror
  2. Chemical Lights
  3. Duct Tape
  4. Knife or a blade of some sort
  5. Strings/ chords
  6. Space blanket
  7. Basic compass
  8. Silver foil
  9. Chlorine and Alum
  10. Epinephrine
  11. OTC drugs for fever, pain and most importantly diarrhea
  12. And condoms – no not for that one last … :)

Check out the video to see how to use them or other handy tips.

About amit

I was born in Kanpur, India in 1977. I did my schooling partly in Kanpur, Surat and Udaipur. I spent most of my schooling years in Udaipur in a boarding school. This was the most enjoyable period of my life predominantly because I made a lot of friends and played a lot of football (my first love). My school years brought in a sinking realization that I was good in academics, average in football [even after my most sincere efforts :( ] and to put it euphemistically 'artistically challenged'. Hence cool careers in photography, sports, art & design or music were all beyond me. I took up what I could do best, and enrolled for engineering at Nagpur University. College brought its own pleasures, I had my share of beers, bunked classes, read the 'Bhagvad Gita', learned yoga and picked up love for traveling. After graduating I was one of the lucky few to get a great job at Infosys Technologies. The best thing I got from my first job - my Yamaha Rx 135. There were not many weekends when I did not explore places in and around Bangalore on it. In two years though my desire to pursue further studies caught up with me and I enrolled for a M.S in Computer Networking at North Carolina State University. Here I picked up basketball, love for stand up comedy, liking for the 'other football' and offcourse a little bit of computer networking. I graduated in Dec 2002 and am currently working for /n Software. I am slowly evolving into a die hard Linux and Open Source enthusiast, trying to pick up skydiving, biking, running and photography. Some might call that progress. :)
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