Five Survival Tips That Might Keep You Alive…
1. Don’t Panic:
Fear and panic will kill you faster than an angry grizzly. Once you realize that you are in a survival situation, pause and take a breath before you do anything. You are smart. You have skills. Take inventory of your gear and your situation. Make a plan, then act!
2. Build A Camp:
Most survival situations are over within 72 hours. You only need to survive for three days! (Usually) Build a shelter, make a fire, find water and create passive and active signals. You don’t even need to worry about food.
3. Survival Trumps All:
Still want to leave no trace? Screw it, you could die son! Make a huge fire! (Not a forest fire…) Dig large trenches for signals! Cut down trees if you need to! Do anything you need to do to survive. This involves eating bugs and drinking untreated water if necessary.
4. Stay Put:
Don’t wander around looking for rescue, let them find you. Focus on your camp. Focus on staying warm. Focus on building signals.
5. Build Many Signals:
The greater the trace you leave in your general vicinity, the more likely the rescuers will find it. Everything you have, from your coat to your tarp is potentially a signal. (Only if you don’t need it to stay warm) If you use brush or dig trenches, make your SOS 12’ tall and 18’ feet wide. The bigger the better!
Take A Survival Kit With You:
Most kits have the basic necessities to keep you alive. Buy one or learn to make your own with Fire Heart Adventures