Rain and Spiders oh my! Part Eight
I don't know how the boss can keep punching out so many blog posts. I'm just trying to share what I learned from a course.
So back to it
There's no 100% rule. This is important. Cue a story about a life long survival instructor getting stuck in the middle of the desert with his family when his well maintained car died. Eventually they found him with his family all dead from dehydration. They waited with the car like you're supposed to. Only, nobody came.So keep that in mind. No 100% rules
That being said, if there's no water nearby, don't wait until you run out. Call it early and move on. Some places just can't sustain life.
At the end of the day they're just cutting tools. Once you realise that it gets a little easier. They only have to be sharp enough to do the job.
Bash two rocks together. They'll splinter and the splinters are sharp. Sharp enough to cut things ;-)
Bones. You'll find them around the place. Break it then use a stone to hone a sharp point / edge.
Buying a knife - you don't want one with a serrated back edge as you are unable to apply pressure to the back, harder to use it to batten wood.
This was the part I was most keen to hear. I've always been big on water, especially as it relates to survival &/or prepping. I don't know why that is, but for me, it's a huge blind spot everyone seems to have. Prove me wrong, but a lot of what I see "preppers" bang on about is guns guns guns and lights. Yeah, I love it in that order as well. In fact, yesterday I saw my LGS have a prize of $900 worth of torches and I got super excited. That's what I want to win. Screw the lottery. I want more torches.
OK so we're into water. (these are from my notes they're not my musings)
* Buy a Filter or Be a Filter (more on this later)
* Keep yourself hydrated with a high base level of water at all times. Then, should a survival situation occur, you start off fully hydrated. Starting off a survival situation a bit thirsty isn't advisable.
* Infantry soldiers will tell you that you can only carry so much water before you're carrying water to drink water. In other words, you can't carry enough.
* The military sends trucks out and they drop water off at various points. This works for the military. You're not the military and Trailer Trash Militia doesn't count
* Water Source. Now you'd think this would need to be said but apparently it does. Water flows downhill. You're going to find water downhill. If you're on flat(ish) land. Get down on your belly in a pushup position and it's easier to discern the slope. Seriously, the instructor had anecdotes of people wanting to go up hills to find water. When pressed they said they were looking for springs.
* Always Always treat water. My instructor didn't tell war stories. However he did share his experience with contaminated water. Long story short, he didn't even drink the water, he was thrown into a river from a boat following a misadventure and got a mouthful of river water. He nearly died from dysentry because the misadventure also caused his unit to lose all their gear, they were weeks away from being listed as "missing" and the only clothes they were wearing were shorts because they were on a boat on a river. So yeah, he's big on treating water.
* My anecdote - My mother in law is a real stickler on boiling water. Even tap water. It's a PITA when she's visiting. I try to tell her I have a very expensive filter but she DGAF and insists on boiling. This is because of personal experience as a world traveller
* Don't wait until your thirsty to drink water. Search and Rescue frequently find people dehydrated / dead from dehydration with water still in their bottles. They were saving the water for when they needed it. You need it when you're thirsty.
* It's best to use two systems to treat water
-> Doesn't kill Cysts
-> 3 minutes (your altitude effects it) not a hard rule but a rolling boil will bring it to above 70 Degrees Celcius (the goal)
-> Boiling is your baseline treatment / fall back
-> you have to have them on you
-> Also "purifies" your internals
-> Better that it "purifies" your internals than drink contaminated water
-> Bleach 8 Drops : Litre
-> Iodine 2-3 Drops : Litre
-> also those tablets
->Lifestraw and Katydyn got the nod.
->The instructor said if you're in Dingoland and out in the bush without a water filter you're an idiot.
-> Boil the water after putting it through the filter
*** Bush skill
-> Some area's of Dingoland has crocodiles
-> Dirt / rocks filter water (to an extent)
With that in mind ** SOAK HOLE **
* Dig a hole beside the river
* 1/2 hour it should fill with water
* Let the murkey water to settle
* Collect water and boil
*** Transpiration Bags
* Hang these on branches of trees
* Max one daylight period per branch (the tree catches on if you have it on for to long)
* Desert areas produce more water
* They're quick to set up but take a while to produce (yet require no effort) so set it up at the start of the camp
* Set them up as soon as you know you're in a survival situation
The instructor showed us some other tricks but to get the idea across I think I'd need pictures.
Next up FIRE and we'll probably wind it up with a list of suggested tools