just noticing is a good part of it but then it moves on to "what this mean?"[sic] Stalking Wolf
When I was a kid, I used to be super-curious about everything in nature. I used to collect rocks and would have tanks full of critters. In fact, I used to create miniture climates in long 20 gallong tanks with an actual water source and living plant life. It was my own little self-contained pet worlds.
Today, I wouldn't keep a pet that couldn't come and go as they please like my cats for example. I found a beautiful snake and for a second entertained the thought of keeping it, but then thought how would I feel if someone took me and put me in a box and fed me and gave me water and I could never leave that box unless they took me out of it and that box would be my scenery every day.
Luckily, these days I can go out and see animals on their terms. Believe it or not, I actually feel privileged when I get to see an animal in its natural habitat and I do my best to observe it without disturbing it for as long as I could.
I'd never want to collect animals again like I did when I was a kid. Today, I'd rather just collect experience.
"It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." Emiliano Zapata
Agree with everything but would also add...learn how to prioritize your top 3 needs. Shelter, water and fire. Which comes first will be determined by the factors at hand such as environment, season, health(such as injuries or injuries to someone else) and so on.
So very true, I have experienced this on many occasions.
You know we often take for granted those primitive skills. It becomes too easy to light a fire by simply pulling out a lighter. During the better months for camping, I hardly know anyone that doesn't take a tent into the woods as opposed to building a shelter or sleeping under the stars. The same exists for hunting/gathering. We take modern weapons into the brush and honestly I know few people that can identify edibles found in nature. Saldy I have met a lot of survivalists who think in terms of gear and MRE's while never giving thought of what might happen without them.
Has anyone considered posting a thread with a list of survival schools where such things can be learned?
I agree but ever since I was a kid we were pretty much taught to bring our shelter with us. We built plenty of shelters, forts and various other structures around the outskirts of town, some of them pretty elaborate. Camping though I've pretty much always brought a tarp or a tent. There are several reasons. One is that you spend more time fishing, hiking, whittling or what ever if you're not spending it building a shelter. Another is that most areas people camp can't stand the pressure of many people tearing up the landscape building shelters before it starts more or less destroying what was once "wilderness". Another is that if it's already raining which is often the case here, you would much rather have your shelter up in minutes rather than possibly hours depending on what you have to work with. I'm all for having the skill and imagination to build good shelters out of things at hand in the wild though.
Ahh, I see your point, and whole heartedly agree. Knowing how to use all tools properly is quite important. Chainsaws for instance. Look how many people have accidents with them.
The funny thing about axes, is, I have never used them out bush. I have only ever chooped a winters supply of fire wood, for home, when I lived in Nth Italy, and also here in Aus.
Out scub, a saw has come in much handier than an axe. For me, they are lighter, and more efficient at doing the same job.
Chainsaws are probably hands down the best example of a tool which requires knowledge and safe practice. Every year there are some articles in the local paper about someone getting hurt with one. Fortunatly my family used to cut wood as several of us had fireplaces. So I learned earlier than some about how to use chain saws, axes, etc. Now and then I see people at Lowe's or another store looking at chain saws and usually choosing the largest one they run across. Honestly that is a mistake as the big chainsaws are not meant to be versatile because they are large. Smaller models are better for most use. And I rarely see anyone purchase saftey equipment with thier chain saw. Not to rant but I have years of experience with chain saws and they can be very dangerous.
Sometimes I take a camp axe out into the woods. It makes a lot of jobs much easier than using a hatchet or kukri. Saws have thier place too and can be much lighter.
I once had to take my sister to a small town emergency room. This was in the days before chain saws had the piece on the front that stops the blade if you slip off the top handle. His saw had kicked back or something and he's sawn half way to his wrist between his middle and ring fingers. Pretty ugly....