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GregBO
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25/02/2019 10:04 pm  

Finding & Purifying Water.  Starting and Keeping a Fire.  Building Temporary Shelter.  Basic Navigation.  Basic Food Foraging and Hunting Techniques. Camp Cooking.  Basic First Air.  Tying a Knot.

While not important in most urban settings, any trip could place you in a situation where you might have to use them.  Some (Basic Navigation, First Aid and Knot Tying) can also have value almost anywhere you might be.

 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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The Evil Genius
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25/02/2019 10:31 pm  

OK you urban guys need a little translation from us country folk so you don't get confused by GregBo's excellent advice. 

Finding water DOESN'T mean turn on the tap;

Starting a fire DOESN'T mean flipping your bic;

Building a shelter DOESN'T mean joining the fridge box high-rise under the interstate after your divorce rape;

Basic Navigation DOESN'T mean "Help me Onstar!";

Food foraging DOESN'T mean picking through the 59 cent frozen burritos at a 7-11;

Basic first Aid DOESN'T mean go to the emergency room for a tummy ache because you ate 1/2 dozen 59 cent frozen burritos;

Tying a Knot ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY DOESN'T mean saying "I do" in a Las Vegas wedding chapel. 

OK guys are we clear now? 


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25/02/2019 10:58 pm  

Basic navigation, moss grows on north shaded places never on south facing where the sun dries it out. 

Direction and time of day: Place a straight stick in the ground and face it into the sun positioning it that there's no shadow, as the earth rotates to the east the shadow will cast east giving an easterly direction, mark sunrise and sunset then draw a straight line between the two points at equal distance from the stick, that line will run true east west, but only if you calibrate it to high noon after the first day calibration. Then adjust the stick stick pointing straight up out of the ground at high noon you can proximate the time by the length and direction of the shadow throughout the day (sun dial). For nighttime navigation look for the north star, the one that doesn't move across the sky, then line it up between two stationary objects look straight up and watch the other stars move from east to west just like the sun.     


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26/02/2019 1:08 am  
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OK you urban guys need a little translation from us country folk so you don't get confused by GregBo's excellent advice. 

OK guys are we clear now? 

Call 911, I've laughed so hard that I'm sure something is ruptured ... Oh lord, that was seriously funny T.E.G.!

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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26/02/2019 1:09 am  

Great emergency navigation tips Tower.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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MG-ɹǝʍo┴
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26/02/2019 1:40 am  

Here's my warning sign (shit you not):

And with my machine, we can bury it like it never even happened. 


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26/02/2019 1:53 am  

If I visit Tower, I will make sure that I don’t uncontrollably laugh! 🤣 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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26/02/2019 2:12 am  
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If I visit Tower, I will make sure that I don’t uncontrollably laugh! 🤣 

We don't get many visitors here, it looks like a place that another sequel to SAW could be made. 

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GregBO
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27/02/2019 12:44 am  

Check but it does ensure that your survival skills sharp and ready for use when needed.

mine are there but seriously neglected after three years on none use.  Not that I am looking for trouble to come calling of course. 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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Uly The Cunning
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27/02/2019 1:34 am  

Water is better than gold when you talk about survival. King of Random has many great videos on this subject. 

 

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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27/02/2019 3:09 pm  

Absolutely Uly.  How much history has been created by attempting to obtain, control and the use of water. 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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28/02/2019 10:10 pm  

I just inspected my personal basic survival kit and realized that I have scavenged over 1/2 of the items and not replaced them within the pack... so not good!

Per the above list, here are examples of each listing:

Finding & Purifying Water. Personal water filter missing & 2.5 gl container, but aluminum canteen cup in place 

Starting and Keeping a Fire.  Lighter within waterproof lighter case and battery (9v) and steel wool in place. Missing magnesium fire starter

Building Temporary Shelter.  Hatchet, camping knife, 2.5 gl container and 16 penny nails missing

Basic Navigation.  Lensatic compass and magnifying glass in place.

Basic Food Foraging and Hunting Techniques.  Plant ID field guides all missing

Camp Cooking.  MRE's in place but all other supplies, containers and accessories missing

Basic First Air.  Basic items in place but all EMT supplies & expendables have expired. Camp stove and fuel modules missing.

Tying a Knot.  100 yard of paracord, 100 yard of braided nylon and 50 yard of polyester with kevlar core missing.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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Uly The Cunning
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28/02/2019 11:08 pm  

I have more preparing to do, but I have a lot of knowledge that I am gaining in prepping for any need of survival. 

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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28/02/2019 11:11 pm  

Check Uly.  I just have a bad habit of getting kits together and then dipping into them when I really don't need to use the supplies. 

 

Pete is the best at getting survival gear together and keeping it intact and available for use.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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01/03/2019 12:38 am  

HA HA! Sometimes I can't help myself and I dig into the corn beef hash or the smoked herring, or the SPAM BUT I always replace what I use---since you should rotate stock anyway what the heck. 🤔 


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01/03/2019 1:29 am  

Me have enough lice to rast many many months! 

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01/03/2019 2:43 pm  

Check Pete.  Another point that I need to address, I have a good stock of MRE's, but not intermediate food stock currently saved up.  Serious mistake on my point.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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06/03/2019 2:26 am  

Finding & Purifying Water. Starting and Keeping a Fire. Building Temporary Shelter. Basic Navigation. Basic Food Foraging and Hunting Techniques. Camp Cooking. Basic First Air. Tying a Knot.

These skills are just as critical in urban settings as they are in rural settings. I have been through to many first aid classes as well as a wilderness first aid class, and we are taught how to render medical attention such as stitching wounds setting bones when help is at least 30 minutes out regardless of the setting. This becomes important if a tornado, earthquake, hurricane, or other natural disaster strikes. Knowing how to build a fire and start one is especially important in both settings. Even more importantly is keeping it going after you get it started. A good challenge, and I challenge those of you who have yet to try this, try to start a fire using only one match. Also do not look up tricks to getting it to start. When I first did this challenge, I failed due to a few things, rain, and inexperience with setting up a good setup with the wood. My newest challenge has been mastering the flint and steel. Having been stranded on a boat before due to a knot failure, camping in hammocks, and using ropes to move items about a house or yard due to them being to heavy to move by hand, knowing a variety of knots becomes quite useful. The skills, I need to still master are hunting, and basic navigation. I am not big on going out and hunting so it has not been something I am keen on mastering. However, navigational skills are something that can be quite challenging I have learned. As an Eagle Scout and a member of a Sea Scout Ship, I can attest to the usefulness in these skills when an emergency occurs and when one does not.


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29/10/2019 9:51 pm  

When the inevitable collapse OCCURS, the initial wisdom is to shelter in place.  Use the stockpile of available goods and services to survive and continue to monitor the situation prior to attempting to evacuate.  Ensure that the exits from your location are secure and determine which is the best route to follow.  Plan ahead and have maps, lots and lots of maps available for use in planning and traveling.

If you have to bug out immediately, then do so immediately but do it in a thoughtful and prepared manner.

When the time comes to relocate from your current prepared location to a safer one, you must plan a permanent move.  Going to and from one location will leave trails and trails can be followed by those seeking resources, both those they need and those that they want.  

Once you have made your decision, you must determine what available transportation means will carry your survival items and yourself to your ultimate location.  Below is a short analysis of current available transportation modes:

Carts, buggies and sledges: Pro:  Great for carrying significant resources and relatively quite in use.  Ease of repair and ease of use.  Cons: Speed, duration and distance traveled is completely contingent upon the people pulling the load.  Requires an established path system for any significant elevation change.

Livestock:   Pro: No fuel requirement and animals can carry significant resources as a pack or draft animal.  Can easily pull carts, buggies or sledges as needed. Can be used as food on a case by case basis.  Con:  Few people today know how to utilize livestock as transportation and even fewer know how to provide long term care for them.  Most pack animals require an established path system to move easily and once moving, are very hard to hide.  Also, they have routine upkeep until they are actually needed in a survival situation.

Bicycles:  Pro: Also no fuel requirements, have very easy maintenance and very unobtrusive in use. Con: Cannot carry significant resources and are also limited to established path systems.

Motorcycles:  Pro: Ease of use, capable of rapid movement and can cover almost any terrain.  Capable of carrying modest loads and reasonably easy to maintain if one has received proper training.  Con: Requires fuel/lubricant and replacement parts will eventually become an issue.  Noise during use can easily be heard outside the immediate area.  Cannot be depended upon as long term transportation due to the resources required to maintain it.  

Automobiles, non computerized:  Pro: Ease of use, especially for automatic transmissions. Capable of carry significant loads and easy to maintain with manufactured or improvised parts.  Maintenance tools and techniques are relatively easy to obtain. Con: Also requires fuel / lubricant and replacement parts.  Only someone with significant knowledge and or experience can keep an older vehicle running. Use of transmissions other than automatic, and vehicles other than cars/sedans are little used skills today that only older men know how to employ.

Automobiles with computers: Pro:  A great get out of town and then ditch it form of transportation.  SUV's with trailers, need I say more. Cons:  Untrained users will find it very difficult to perform anything more than basic repairs. 

Water / Snow / Flying transportation:  Pro: They will go where other mundane ground transportation cannot.  Cons:  You don't need my help with this one.

The ultimate take away is to plan, plan and practice your plan.  Learn to use multiple types of manual transmissions, multiple types of drive trains, utilizing a trailer, etc for ICE vehicles.  Learn how to be safe and comfortable around animals and how to make and use carrying devices. 

Once an emergency situation occurs, it is too late to plan, act and survive.  "Who Dares Wins"

 

 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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Posted by: @tower

Basic navigation, moss grows on north shaded places never on south facing where the sun dries it out. 

Direction and time of day: Place a straight stick in the ground and face it into the sun positioning it that there's no shadow, as the earth rotates to the east the shadow will cast east giving an easterly direction, mark sunrise and sunset then draw a straight line between the two points at equal distance from the stick, that line will run true east west, but only if you calibrate it to high noon after the first day calibration. Then adjust the stick stick pointing straight up out of the ground at high noon you can proximate the time by the length and direction of the shadow throughout the day (sun dial). For nighttime navigation look for the north star, the one that doesn't move across the sky, then line it up between two stationary objects look straight up and watch the other stars move from east to west just like the sun.     

excellent. I've just started astrophotography. What might be useless trivia is that long exposure shots will pin point the north start because everything rotates around it. I like this stick idea. Would deffo come in handy if you were disorientated (disoriented).

 


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