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The backcountry is a beautiful place to play. From seeking out that great camping spot to enjoying the feeling of disconnect from our modern world, the backcountry is unique.
Its a difference kind of camping experience. When you commit to a night in the backcountry you are taking on some burdens for the return of rarely touched beauty that is far off the beaten path.
Of course, when you get that far out into the backcountry there are risks. You are further from help than you might have ever been. Its something that your mind will not be able to shake. Thoughts of bears or wolves might haunt you a bit.
The reality of death in the wilderness is that its hardly as exciting. No. We are much more prone to making mistakes or facing death because of our own doing and not at the gnashing teeth of animals. Here are the top three killers in the backcountry.
Owe it to many things from bad shoes to poor understanding of ones surroundings but, people fall to their death in the wild. Its the number one killer in the wild. Either falling from a height or dying instantly or falling and getting injured in such a way that you cannot get out or away from the elements.
If you have spent your life wading moving water, you wont understand how a person can be swept downstream by a river or swept off their feet even in a small creek. If you hit your head on the way down, well drowning is almost inevitable. Its a serious thing to consider and is the second most common way people die in the back country.
Sometimes we push the machine a little too far and suffer the consequences. Sometimes people suffer a heart attack in the backcountry from the hiking and swimming or whatever else they get into. While the wilderness is terrifying its often something like a heart attack that takes out most people.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.