Friday, December 28, 2018

guest article ( article 2 of 2 today )

guest article ( article 2 of 2 today )

Rain and Spiders oh my! Part Two

Good Morning Minions *Shows BISON tattoo*

Yesterday we got sidetracked with listening to gut feelings and intuition. With any luck today I will stay on track.

I took copious notes on the course and sharing them is a way of internalising what was covered. Any mistakes that I make in this series are mine from hearing the instructor wrong, writing down the wrong stuff or me just being a dumby

The instructor had serious credentials. Former SAS, million years experience. I don't want to dwell on the instructor just to say he's been there, done that but didn't tell war stories to big up himself. Well he told one & it had nothing to do with clandestine activities and was very pertinant for average joes (I'll share that later).

For the instructor, by far the most important factor when it comes to survival is mindset. So important that it made up a fair chunk of the course.

Reminder - this is a Wilderness Survival Course where you find yourself out in the bush. Broken down 4x4, lost whilst hiking, plane crashes on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean during a commercial flight between Sydney and Los Angeles

First point was "what are stressors"

* Hunger (you can convince yourself/others that you're going to starve. This decreases morale)
* Thirst
* Loss of control
* illness / injury
* fatigue
* Boredom
* Isolation / loneliness
* Exposure

These can all lead to fear and panic which in turn effects the Sympathetic Nervous System (Fight or Flight). This is basic biology so it's not a good or a bad thing. It just is a fact of life.

If the Sympathetic Nervous System kicks in you'll experience an increase in Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and Respiration rate. Your gross motor actions will become more pronounced whilst your cognition (brain processing) and fine motor skills (tying knots etc) decreases. You'll also experience tunnel vision where you're focusing on one point to the detriment of other, possibly life threatening, points.

It's not all bad news though. In the next installment (maybe the one after... I don't know but I read ahead and there's a lot to cover... you lucky fellow minions) we'll cover a strategy to deal with the Flight or Fight response

To be continued......

Link on my prefered response to a threat ->


  1. Sounds interesting. Over the years I have read a good many survival books. I have considered taking a course in the past, but unfortunately, the closest that I’ve come is from watching Survivorman or Bear Grylls on TV. I seem to recall that one of the better books that I had read was from a former SAS member, John “Lofty” Wiseman. In typical military manual fashion, I sort of found it to be dry reading, but it was full of valuable information. The Les Stroud (Survivorman) survival book was a pretty good read too, as I recall.

    1. The course instructor wasn't keen on that book. Short version is that the author just took a whole stack of SAS manuals and put them in a book saying he was in charge therefore they were "his". First problem was all those manuals were classified. The Second problem is that the information is just a hodge podge. Third is that he profited of stuff that wasn't his

      Thanks for the prompt though because my notes don't have a bit of interesting information that I think I can remember (it's not vital at all, just interesting bit of history).

    2. Interesting. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I didn’t recall anything in it that could possibly be considered as classified in any way. In fact, it read just like the typical military survival manual content, that you can pretty much already find in any other survival manual. I didn’t particularly enjoy the book, and didn’t even finish it, though it did seem like a good book to me. In fact, I thought it prudent to pick up the pocket version to stuff into my emergency pack, though I’d definitely need a fresnel lens to read that fine print with my now middle aged eyes. The Les Stroud book was a better read. And actually, I really can’t recommend military survival manuals in general. They’re typically written in a way that makes them a very boring read.

    3. Thanks for the explanation. “Fatty Feminist”, “Tommy Turd Burglar”, with a few chapters tossed in for good measure, authored by magical minorities, goes a long ways towards explaining the suckiness of military manuals :D

      Speaking of fudge packing Tommy’s, did anyone else know that Tommy Kirk was a chutney ferret? I must have watched dozens of Disney movies with that dude, and would have never guessed that he was a rump ranger :D Don’t think I could ever watch another Disney movie with him in it, and turn my back toward the screen while he’s in the scene :D

    4. Gott Im Hemmel. The fawning humpers write up Kirk like he is a Ghandian suffering to bring a nation of biggots into the light.

    5. Right, the article I read from the above link was completely biased against Disney. Far from the facts you just cited. Gott Damn lying dingus sucking media.