Surviving The Wilderness
Surviving in the wild requires skills that many people no longer care to cultivate or even think about until they find themselves in the middle of the wilderness in an emergency situation. This is the reason that so many people die or are seriously injured when they find themselves lost. Sadly most of these injuries happen because of confusion, panic, fear, and other negative emotions that can quite literally be trained out of people. This is why survival schools have begun popping up all over the world and are seeking to teach people how to react when they find themselves alone and hopeless in the wilderness.
Many people find that they are much less scared of the great outdoors when they have received even a few hours of training. Little things like knowing how to ration water, start a fire, check for snakes before making a bed, or how to dry out clothing after a rain storm without catching an illness are all simple but not commonplace skills. While learning these skills is a very simple process, there are many others that are less simple but just as important. Most schools will focus on identifying food, finding water, treating wounds, finding your way back to civilization and even on how to build a more permanent dwelling when you find yourself in unfamiliar territory.
By now many people are familiar with the videos that have been popping up online about surviving in the wild with prep gear. In these videos the star survivalist will build an impressive home, sometimes with hand fired clay and editions such as heated floors, with nothing but the materials from around them. Most of the people making these videos learned these schools from renowned survival schools and have simple continues to utilize those skills and practice them for a time when they may need to protect themselves in the wild.
Everyone who has watched one of these videos or wondered how they would fare if they were dropped in the middle of a forest by themselves can learn these skills themselves. In fact, many of these skills utilize abilities that we have had from the time that were children but no longer use. Almost everyone has built something out of mud, snow, or rocks at some point in their life; most children do this on a near daily basis when they are allowed outside. Building a shelter and keeping yourself safe when in the wild simply builds upon the skills that we used as children and turns them into a much more impressive skill set.
Overall anyone can learn to survive in less than civilized conditions. People who undertake some training may be able to thrive and make a comfortable living experience for themselves in what would normally be very negative circumstances. Taking the time to learn these skills and learn how to survive when pushed into one of these situations is something that everyone should at least consider in their lifetime.