Rain and Spiders oh my! Part Seven
Oh hi, I didn't see you there, it appears the class has dwindled down. No matter, I'll just adjust to selfish mode and these notes are just a way for me to internalise what I learned. I do hope others can take away something useful (the course wasn't cheap even by Pony Prepper standards & there was one person there that had travelled from Thailand to do it)
The previous six sections focused on mindset. If you haven't got that squared away not only are you going to have a bad day but you'll bring those around you down as well. I recall reading about some POW's being liberated from some camp. The libererating soldiers were angry at the gaurds for the poor state of the prisoners. "You starved them" was the accusation. "They were given the same amount to eat than we had" the gaurds were able to prove. Long story short, the difference was mindset. The prisoners were down trodden, the gaurds weren't so down trodden (but it was war and war sucks for everybody, only the amount of sucking varies).
So now we move onto concrete stuff. First order of business is LIFE SUPPORT.
Life support is best covered by the Rule of 3's
3 Hours without Shelter
3 Days without Water
3 Weeks without Food
3 Months without People
Shelter and Water are by far the most important. My notes say "Exposure will kill you faster than" Than what?! FFS. I think faster than dehydration or starvation.
Securing shelter and water gives you time to think about WTF you're going to do.
Digestion requires water. Therefore a bit of "survival" fasting (going without food) frees up water that would have been used for digestion for other bodily requirements. Plus, if you're like me, you've got some survival calories conveniently stored around your body in the form of a Survival Gut (I made that term up. Feel free to pilfer, we're all friends and I don't think anyone is reading this anyway. LOL that's me to a tea. Dingo no friends)
System Approach to Survival
Put these into place ASAP
Then put these into place (at the same time)
* Signals (for rescue)
Emotion / Mindset -> Body (get it in the best condition you can now) -> Knowledge -> Skills -> Gear
If you think about it Lord Bison pushes Mindset quite a bit, not many preppers push Body but the Militia guys do, skills get demonstrated on YouTube but by far the biggest is gear because that's where the $$ is but according to my instructor it's the last part.
A part of his training is they'd basically do the naked survivor show. They'd pull up in the Army Range Rover then get told to GTFO, get all their gear off and then achieve X (arrive at a location or get picked up in a couple of weeks). One cheat they'd do is they'd have the paracord bracelet and hope the instructors wouldn't see it. Anyway, you can see why this guy would put gear last. You also see why his unit had a reputation for pinching gear off other units. Yoink you don't need that claymore