Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lost in the Woods, Part 8

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As I sat here editing part 8 of Lost In The Woods I found myself recounting all the stories of survival I've heard over my lifetime.  I'm 56 years old now and like it or not, that's a lot of stories.  And yes, that includes everything from Robinson Crusoe and Lord Of The Flies to stories like that of mountain men and fur trappers Hugh Glass, John Colter, and Jeremiah Johnson.


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I've heard stories from around the world like that of Molly Kelly and her sister Daisy whose story was featured in the film Rabbit-Proof Fence (released in 2002)...  Or Lincoln Ross Hall who was left for dead from cerebral edema on mount Everest, only to be found 12 hours later alive, lucid and talking by passing climbers.



Oddly enough, and with all my fun and research compiled, there seems to be no way to figure the odds on an individual's survival without doing a full psychological evaluation.  Surprisingly, it seems that the equipment carried and the tools relied upon... are only as good as the positive attitude and mind that wields them.

On average, around 2000 people get lost every year in our nation's forests... and statistics show that an alarming 60% are never found.  Even more alarming is that the largest group within that 60% are young men between the ages of 20 and 25... and the second largest group being men 50 to 60 years of age.  No doubt due to overconfidence and poor preparation on the part of both age groups.
And yes... sadly I speak from experience on both of those particular statistics

But it is also clear to me that in many of the cases where people have perished while lost and kept a notable record of their experiences, most seem to recall losing hope and giving up as the greatest factor in their eventual demise. 



Maintaining a positive attitude can be one of the most difficult things to do when you are lost.  And beating yourself up for mishaps that led to your current situation can only serve to darken the mood.  So it becomes important to be your own morale counselor out there as well.  Sing a song...  Whistle...  Tell jokes...  Or talk to yourself or the trees and rocks around you. even if it sounds crazy. 

It has been proven scientifically that isolation is not a natural state for human beings and that the isolation itself can be responsible for leading us down that dark road of despair and in some cases can even lead us to madness.  Keeping the mind busy and active when isolated is often equally as important as keeping yourself hydrated and fed.  And in some cases, even more so.



It's important to keep reminding ourselves that what we now call wilderness survival was literally how man lived a few short millenia ago... and all the way up until only a hundred or so years ago.  Although we have a hard time remembering it, the luxuries of modern life are not really that old.

From my perspective, a 56 year old man, my great grandmother was still starting a wood fire for cooking in a hearth with flint and steel.  Sure they had matches, but matches cost money.  Today, this method is pretty much forgotten. A lost art reduced to a novelty among survivalists and mountain man re-creators in only 100 years.



Our general knowledge of plant life identification has also gone the way of flint and steel fire making.  Because of industrialized farming and the use of pharmaceuticals over herbal medications, this has drastically reduced the general population's knowledge of not only the identification of such plants, but also how to use and grow them, as well as what purpose they serve medicinally.  But I would like to think that the advances in technology and the primitive skill set can coexist side by side and even complement one another.

We human beings have a propensity for forgetting.  From simply leaving knowledge behind to completely replacing it, to destroying knowledge altogether in the hopes it won't be rediscovered or used again.  But both the modern and the primitive can be most useful side by side not only in the woods, but in everyday life as well.  So I see no reason not to learn it all and utilize it as the need arises.


 After the many hours and days spent filming Lost In The Woods, TaSunka and I have come to one obvious conclusion.  That is, that there is no way to touch upon all aspects of wilderness survival even in 50 episodes of The Disabled Hiker much less one single episode. Therefore, I have decided to continue Lost In The Woods as a series of short videos that will feature additional aspects of wilderness survival, as well as featuring a few special guests to help expand our knowledge on the subject as well.

As I've pointed out, man has forgotten much over the generations.  And the story of How Dog Taught Man How To Speak His Original Language not only points out this fact, but also stands as testament to its own irony within its own physical existence... as although they are pretty sure it is a story from one of the plains tribes, even my Lakota Elders no longer know where the story comes from today. 
But regardless of its origin, its wisdom still stands the test of time as it recounts the dangers of forgetting not only our past, but how we fit into the circle of life and the world around us.










A Word of Thanks

I would like to take a moment to thank the contributors to Episode 5,
LOST IN THE WOODS.
 and to pass along my gratitude for their help in presenting this material to the public.

  Thank You Diane Olans and our friends at ...
    for the







Thank You Appleby Outdoor Products
applebyoutdoor.com

  


 And Thank You to GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier
 thegrayl.com

 





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Produced by: Terry Craig,

The Disabled Hiker

Assistant editor: Dave Deubler

Photos & video by: Larry Deitch,
& Terry Craig, 

Featuring music by: Mad Mme. Em
&
T.Craig  



Due to the dangerous nature of filming while trying to survive in the wilderness, and multiplied by the physical issues I deal with on a daily basis,


Lost in the Woods is being presented as a simulation of compiled past personal experiences for the purpose of demonstrating techniques and skills associated with surviving a similar event.


Therefore, the producers of The Disabled Hiker would like to stress that the information contained within all parts of Lost in the Woods is meant for demonstration & entertainment purposes only.

Disclaimer: This blog, written articles, video presentations, and all content within are not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. Please consult your Doctor before making any changes to your treatment plan and/or changes to your exercise routine.
  



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Friday, April 28, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS To Our GRAYL Giveaway WINNER


CONGRATULATIONS
TO Jane Danforth,
Our GRAYL 
Ultralight Water Purifier
Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to the folks at GRAYL,
and to all who entered our first Giveaway here at
The Disabled Hiker

TaSunka picked out our winner for us.
Want to watch the drawing?
See the video below.
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Photos & video by: Larry Deitch,
& Terry Craig, 

Featuring music by: Mad Mme. Em
&
T.Craig  



Due to the dangerous nature of filming while trying to survive in the wilderness, and multiplied by the physical issues I deal with on a daily basis,

Lost in the Woods is being presented as a simulation of compiled past personal experiences for the purpose of demonstrating techniques and skills associated with surviving a similar event.

Therefore, the producers of The Disabled Hiker would like to stress that the information contained within all parts of Lost in the Woods is meant for demonstration & entertainment purposes only.

Disclaimer: This blog, written articles, video presentations, and all content within are not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. Please consult your Doctor before making any changes to your treatment plan and/or changes to your exercise routine.
  



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Friday, April 21, 2017

GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Giveaway Drawing

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The Disabled Hiker

Assistant editor: Dave Deubler

Photos & video by: Larry Deitch,
& Terry Craig, 

Featuring music by: Mad Mme. Em
&
T.Craig  



Due to the dangerous nature of filming while trying to survive in the wilderness, and multiplied by the physical issues I deal with on a daily basis,

Lost in the Woods is being presented as a simulation of compiled past personal experiences for the purpose of demonstrating techniques and skills associated with surviving a similar event.

Therefore, the producers of The Disabled Hiker would like to stress that the information contained within all parts of Lost in the Woods is meant for demonstration & entertainment purposes only.

Disclaimer: This blog, written articles, video presentations, and all content within are not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. Please consult your Doctor before making any changes to your treatment plan and/or changes to your exercise routine.
  



Check out these other great links from 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Lost in the Woods, Part 7

GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier

{ A Disabled Hiker Review }


While planning this little expedition, I took notice of several issues concerning the quality of water I might be drinking should the need arise.  So when I found myself actually faced with the prospect of drinking this water, I was extremely pleased that I chose the GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier for the job.

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Removing 99.9999% of viruses,
(e.g. Rotavirus, Norovirus, Hepatitis A, ...)
99.9999% of bacteria, 
(e.g. E. coli, Salmonella, Cholera, Shigella, ...)
99.9999% of protozoan cysts, 
(e.g. Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Amoebae, ...)
... the GRAYL Ultralight steps beyond the normal water filter by also removing particulates like sediment and salt as well as many chemicals like chlorine and iodine.
And as if that wasn't enough, it also removes heavy metals like lead and arsenic too.
NOTE: The GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier does not classify as a water desalination device.




GREAT JOB GRAYL!

When totaling all the facts, the GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier not only far surpasses the capabilities of any of the drinking bottle type water treatment devices I've used in the past, but it is quite possibly the most thorough water purification system I've ever used. Period.



Tune in next time to find out what our heroes do next.
Hope you enjoy part 7 of
Lost in the Woods.


Thank you all so much for watching.
Please remember to
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Be well ... and Happy Hiking!

 
Produced by: Terry Craig,
The Disabled Hiker

Assistant editor: Dave Deubler

Photos & video by: Larry Deitch,
& Terry Craig, 

Featuring music by: Mad Mme. Em
&
T.Craig  



Due to the dangerous nature of filming while trying to survive in the wilderness, and multiplied by the physical issues I deal with on a daily basis,

Lost in the Woods is being presented as a simulation of compiled past personal experiences for the purpose of demonstrating techniques and skills associated with surviving a similar event.

Therefore, the producers of The Disabled Hiker would like to stress that the information contained within all parts of Lost in the Woods is meant for demonstration & entertainment purposes only.

Disclaimer: This blog, written articles, video presentations, and all content within are not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. Please consult your Doctor before making any changes to your treatment plan and/or changes to your exercise routine.
  



Check out these other great links from 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lost in the Woods, Part 6

 RECON AND SELF RESCUE

 
When it comes to being lost in the woods, for the most part I agree with the experts.
i.e.; stay where you are and stay visible.
 
But where does that philosophy change?  
let's face it, there are those situations that demand you take immediate actions…  Or face the consequences for your inaction.

Once the effects of dehydration set in, many of the bodies functions quickly begin to deteriorate.  And many of us fail to recognize that by the first visible signs of hyperthermia, it may already be too late to reverse the affects without a usable water source and electrolytes standing by to balance the body's systems again.  Plain water alone is simply not enough to restore the body functions once it has been depleted in such a way.

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Besides the sluggishness, headache, shakiness, nausea, confusion, and the gallons of sweat the seem to be pouring out of you uncontrollably, your capacity to think clearly quickly diminishes once you reach a hyperthermic state.  Soon after you begin vomiting  uncontrollably as your stomach goes into spasms due to lack of moisture in your system to the point where you even have trouble keeping water down without bringing it right back up again.

In a survival situation it becomes crucial to watch the color of your urine as it becomes a clear and early sign that dehydration is setting in.  The darker the urine the greater the need.  This is also why it becomes less useful to try to utilize this urine for drinking as it is already depleted of all its useful ingredients.  Not to mention that most people end up vomiting just from the attempt, and therefore making their dehydration far worse than it was before making the attempt.



My own experiences with hyperthermia or heatstroke have given me a great respect for the fact that water is indeed life and without it none of us have very long. So finding water before dehydration sets in can be one of the most important moves you make towards your own survival.

Part 6 of Lost In The Woods is broken down into three short sub parts.  All of which pertain to the search for water and/or rescue from the current situation.
Plotting a Course deals with straight line navigation through the wilderness.  Despite the fact that walking through the woods is never a straight line proposition. Some of the finest ideas on navigation are indeed the simplest. 
 
Our First Signs Of Water seemed easy to spot in this early autumn environment.  But what looks so obvious in the fall can also be used to a much subtler degree in the summertime as well.  For example, if a particular area looks unusually lush and green, it may be because of an open water source nearby and it's at least worth exploring.  Other signs to look for are willow trees.  Willow doesn't like to grow too far away from water.  
But remarkably, the one sense that has led me to more water in my lifetime than any other has been my ears.  Unfortunately however, due to my years as both a construction worker and as a musician my hearing isn't all it used to be.  Thankfully, TaSunka's ears are far better than mine ever were.
 
Much as my First Nation Elders did in the old days by watching their horses ears, I do today by watching my service dogs ears today.  I may not be able to understand exactly what he's saying to me, but I can easily tell from his ears and how they move when it's something I should check out for myself.
 The rule of 3's is one of those little survival quotes that I continually run through my head.  And there's a reason that I placed it so late in the series.  More often than not, when initially lost in the woods, we don't usually consider ourselves in a "survival situation" until we've begun to run out of vital supplies.  
Even though the facts of the situation clearly describe otherwise, we continue to think of ourselves as merely lost instead of surviving and quite possibly even fighting for our lives.  But the sooner you can bring the rule of 3's to bear on the situation the better.

The problem with the rule of threes however is that it does not take into account other variables that people with health problems may be dealing with.
 For example,
  • How many days can you go without your medication or medications after you run out?
  • Can you lower the dosage to stretch your medications out?
  • Do you have a needed medical device with you that requires batteries or will soon need charging?
  • How many days can you handle the anxiety, stress, isolation, and extreme conditions of the present situation while fighting not only the withdraw symptoms from medications like antidepressants, breathing inhalers or pain medications...  BUT possibly also the extra stress put upon those now doing without medications for a heart, diabetic, or one of the thousands of other condition requiring scheduled daily dosages of medications. 
  • How are all the other rules now affected by these new variables?  

Some of us won't last three weeks without food.  Indeed, some of us would not last three days without water.  And all due to certain medications we might be on or conditions/illnesses we might be dealing with at the time.

The rule of 3's can indeed be a useful thing.  Based upon my observations you might want to do little personalization based on your own needs and limitations.  But just as I have found, it's doubtful that you will still be able to call it The Rule of 3's anymore as the name will no longer apply.

This is kind of what I envision my Rule of 3's to look like after a few Disabled Hiker type modifications.

  • 3 minutes without air
  • 3 hours without shelter
  • 1 day without water  (before incapacitation occurs)
  • 2 day without food (before incapacitation occurs)
  • 2 days without medications (before incapacitation occurs)
  • 3 days without water  (before death occurs)
  • 3 weeks without food (before death occurs)

To be certain, nothing short of a total overhaul will do.  This is exactly what must be done too the Rule of 3's in order to make them work to our advantage.
 
I know, Kinda looks like a rule of 1's, 2's, and 3's, now don't it? 
But what ever works best for you is what's most important in this situation.

We're almost out of the woods now.  But we're not home yet.


Tune in next time to find out what our heroes do next.
Hope you enjoy part 5 of
Lost in the Woods.


Thank you all so much for watching.
Please remember to
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Be well ... and Happy Hiking!

 
Produced by: Terry Craig,
The Disabled Hiker

Assistant editor: Dave Deubler

Photos & video by: Larry Deitch,
& Terry Craig, 

Featuring music by: Mad Mme. Em
&
T.Craig  



Due to the dangerous nature of filming while trying to survive in the wilderness, and multiplied by the physical issues I deal with on a daily basis,

Lost in the Woods is being presented as a simulation of compiled past personal experiences for the purpose of demonstrating techniques and skills associated with surviving a similar event.

Therefore, the producers of The Disabled Hiker would like to stress that the information contained within all parts of Lost in the Woods is meant for demonstration & entertainment purposes only.

Disclaimer: This blog, written articles, video presentations, and all content within are not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. Please consult your Doctor before making any changes to your treatment plan and/or changes to your exercise routine.
  



Check out these other great links from 

THE DISABLED HIKER.


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The Disabled Hiker on G+
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The Disabled Hiker on Twitter
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The Disabled Hiker on  Instagram
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The Disabled Hiker on Pinterest
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Terry Craig on YouTube
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