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Wilderness mistakes

By  – SurvivoPedia

You start your day thinking that you must take advantage of the last warm, sunny days of autumn and go on that long awaited and planned for hike. You won’t need much for the short journey, as you’ll be safely home by dawn. And there’s nothing that could ruin this perfect day you have in mind.

That’s unless you get distracted and separate from your group… then, step on some slippery rock and brake a bone or two… and end up isolated in the wilderness, just like the 62 year old lady that survived 9 days in these conditions. But would you? 

Let’s see what you can do to make sure you are the survivor in this story, because the same conditions apply when bugging out in the wilderness when SHTF.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: The Four Major Mistakes Made In The Wilderness

build-a-debris-survival-shelter

By Ken Jorgustin

Shelter is a number one priority for survival under some circumstances – namely hypothermia. Our core body temperature can quickly drop to dangerous levels from exposure to the elements and the effects of cold.

If in the wilderness, building a simple survival shelter could save your life. Here are a few guidelines to consider with regards to building a survival shelter.


 

SURVIVAL SHELTER LOCATION

Deciding where to build your shelter is important in the following ways:

The shelter location should be nearby the materials that you will need to build it from, such as sticks, leaves, and grasses.

The shelter location should be safely away from dangerous hazards, such as falling branches (under a susceptible tree), pooling water (look at the lay-of-the-land in case it rains), and insect nests (not fun).

The shelter location should be on a flat enough and large enough area to enable you to sleep comfortably while lying down.

 

SURVIVAL SHELTER STRENGTH

The shelter should be built while cognizant of safety factors.

For example, be sure the main framework is constructed of large enough and strong enough branches. A rule-of-thumb is the branches that are used for the main frame should be strong enough to support the weight of an adult.

Reason being that you will be stacking layers of debris materials against the frame in order to provide adequate insulation properties and protection from the elements. The weight all adds up.

 

SURVIVAL SHELTER SIZE

Do not be tempted to make your shelter too large (a common mistake). It will take longer to build, require more materials, more time and energy to build it, and may be too cold because of the large space inside.

A good shelter is on the small side, and is just big enough so that you fit inside fairly snug in order to conserve your body core temperature. This is obviously less important during warm weather – although don’t be fooled because it can get cool enough at night to be a problem – and the weather is always a potential factor.

 

SURVIVAL SHELTER INSULATION

Insulation and the shelter cover…Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: Build A Survival Shelter While Considering These Guidelines

Survivopedia Urban Survival Skills

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Much of what is written about survival assumes a wilderness survival situation. There are several advantages to trying to survive in the wild, mostly that of not having to worry about all the other people around you. On top of that, you have the availability of all the resources that nature provides for you.

On the other hand, when trying to survive in an urban situation, you have the exact opposite; basically no natural resources as well as a lot of other people around you who are vying for those same resources.

Nevertheless, urban survival is the situation which most of us are likely to find ourselves in. Being able to trap a squirrel in a snare or building a debris shelter in the woods may not be as important as some other skills we’ll need; especially if we’re trying to survive a financial collapse.

While some survival skills, like purifying water and starting a fire are universal, there are many other skills which are critical for an urban survival situation. Many of those skills affect how we deal with the other people around us, specifically protecting ourselves and our families from them. There are also some skills which are specific to a financial collapse, which may not be as important in the aftermath of other disasters.

We’re not going to bother looking at universal survival skills here, but rather those which are specific to surviving in an urban survival situation.

  • Self-defense – The most dangerous predators on the face of the earth are the two-legged ones. In any crisis situation, you can be sure that they will be out in force; especially since they will probably not have made the necessary preparations to be able to take care of themselves. When they can’t find food for their families, they will become desperate and go into predator mode.
  • Bartering – While most people won’t have stockpiled supplies for the emergency, everyone will have something. The ability to barter, making sure that you can get a good deal for your trade goods is a valuable skill; especially when you consider that the people you will be bartering with will be stressed by the situation.
  • Gardening – It seems that food is always in shortage in a crisis situation. Having the ability to grow at least some of your own will help take care of your family. You can start a vegetable garden anywhere, even if you live in an apartment. Vertical gardening makes it possible to grow a very productive garden on the balcony of an apartment.
  • Adaptability – Any crisis requires doing things that we aren’t accustomed to. Being adaptable makes it easier to adjust to those changes comfortably. One important area of adaptability in a financial collapse is the ability to find cheaper ways of doing things, so that you can make your money go farther.
  • Teaching – Regardless of what type of crisis strikes, your children still need to be educated. The local schools might close down or it might become dangerous to take your children there. If either of those happens, you may have to suddenly start home schooling. The ability to teach your own children can make a huge difference in their future.
  • Medical skills – Medical services are always overrun during a crisis. At times, just getting basic services can be very difficult. Proper first aid, as well as knowing how to treat common ailments can save your family from a lot of problems and may even save someone’s life. While selling these skills could be dangerous from a legal point of view, saving a neighbor’s life is a sure way of making them indebted to you.
  • Repairing equipment – We have become a disposable society, in which we are accustomed to throwing things away and buying another, rather than repairing things so that we can continue using them. However, those new items may not be available; and even they are, you may not have the funds to buy them. Being able to fix things yourself can save a lot of money. This is also a marketable skill that you might be able to use to support yourself during the crisis.
  • Emergency home repair – Many types of disasters can cause damage to your home, especially weather disasters such as hurricanes. The ability to repair your home may make it possible for your family to stay in your home, even while others are forced to vacate theirs. At the same time, this is another marketable skill, which you can use to support your family after the crisis, if you are unable to depend upon your normal job.

Always remember that the more skills you have, the greater a possibility you have of surviving. Those additional skills also provide you with more opportunities to find work during a financial crisis.

Many jobs will simply disappear during such a time, so the more skills you have, the more chances you have of finding a job or starting your own business.

Learn more about the urban survival skills you’ll need during crisis in Conquering the Coming Collapse.

This article first appeared at Survivopedia: Urban Survival: 8 Skills You Can’t Live Without