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Have you ever been to the wilderness? I am talking about the expansive wilderness that is either thousands of feet up in elevation or surrounded by thousands of acres. It’s a very different thing than just doing a couple mile circuit in the woods. Nothing wrong with that either!
However, we have to get real about what kills in the wilderness so if we wind up bugging out we find ourselves in a situation where we are prepared for the threats we face.
What everyone needs to understand about the wilderness is that it’s not the animals you need to worry about. Think about it this way. If you are carrying a 12 gauge shotgun you can kill anything that lives in those woods. If you are worried about a bear attack, bring a weapon. Bees kill way more people than bears each year.
The most effective killer in the woods will always be the elements. The wind, the rain, and the cold will kill more people this year than anything else in the woods. It’s just that simple. You get wet and you don’t get shelter, you cant make fire, you are going to spend the night flirting with death.
You need to know how to build a campfire.
Dehydration comes from not having water or not drinking water because it is tainted. It only takes a few days before you succumb to dehydration. If you are panicking and lost you are just going to burn through water.
Water, waterborne pathogens and the inability to treat water are all causes of dehydration.
Another big killer in the wilderness comes from people falling. Broken legs, arms, backs, necks, it doesn’t take much to be injured in a way that becomes terminal. You have to understand this can happen to you and anyone you know.
People who own the woods and spend years in them can slip off a ledge and fall to their death or land in such a way that they cannot get themselves back home.
These are the things you should concern yourself with when it comes to wilderness survival and true threats that are out there.