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In the age where so many are heading out into the wilderness, it’s important that we have a plan for spending time in the woods. We must know what to bring. We must know the true threats. Bears are not your friend!
Outdoor survival skills used to be taught just like any other life skill but as we concertized the world around us suddenly these skills were no longer needed. There are people walking amongst us who have never stepped foot into woods.
We are going to look at three skills in particular but you have to understand that these skills, like all others, are going to degrade if you dont practice. So, practice all of your skills and be sure you can execute on these.
Making fire is magic in the wilderness. It allows you to do everything else. You can do so many other things when you have a fire. Fire is either the direct catalyst to or it frees up concerns like warmth and water sanitation, so you can focus on other things.
Learning to work a lighter and a ferro rod is important. Building a fire and not just creating a spark and flame but nursing that into a raging fire that will save your life, practice this.
When you have the ability to read a map and use a compass, you are going to be able to make a difference if you are lost in the wild.
At the very least you should be prepared to triangulate your position using a map. This is a simple skill but one so few people practice.
We rarely focus on rescue because bushcrafting and survival are much like hobbies. However, rescue can be a very serious situation if you are struggling to survive in the wild. You better have an option to signal for rescue.