Sunday, January 29, 2017

Lost in the Woods, Part 3.

Just in Case

Sitting in the woods, I began to realize that while I may indeed be lost, that at least I've learned how to take some precautionary measures over the years. Strangely enough, this is not due to how many times I've gotten lost over the years, but from of all the times that I've recognized the potential for becoming lost.

There are many levels to what people call survival these days. But for the purposes used here on The Disabled Hiker, I like to label them the...

"what if I got lost, survivalists."

So no, we're not looking to live in the woods for weeks on end with nothing but a toothbrush and a loincloth.  
We are just trying to survive long enough that we can either be rescued... or find our way out of a sticky situation ourselves.

So making a leave at home Safety Map is a great place to start.

Besides showing the possible search location for rescue party's, adding details and making your own maps can help show rescuers details they might not see on available maps of the area. Springs, caves, campsites, and other small details are rarely if ever on available maps. So these details are a godsend to search & rescue personnel.


While some have been bold enough to refer to me as some kind of survival expert, I am continually reassuring them that they are vastly mistaken. Terms like survival expert tend to scare those who truly understand what those words imply. So if anyone has me on some list of survival experts somewhere, I'd be the first one to scratch my name from that list.

I was once given an interesting piece of wisdom that was formed into a kind of joke I keep very close by when thinking about survival.

Q; What do you call a dead survival expert? ... 
A: an EX-survival expert.

I know... not very funny is it. 
But I don't think it's supposed to be either.

Although I'm sure there are those who use the term strictly for descriptive purposes, forgive me for saying it, but it's hard to turn over a proverbial rock these days without finding a survival expert under it.

The term survival expert itself seems to fly in the face of something far too fragile to be depended on with any amount of certainty, even if you are an "expert". But it's a well-known fact that often survival has absolutely nothing to do with equipment or knowledge but simply the will to keep going, to keep simply making that next step for survival and little more. And yes... even if those things you do fail completely. 

I like to think that the student of survival has a chance because they never stop learning long enough to die from giving up. In fact, I'd much rather be known as a student than an expert in anything. The word expert implies that you know everything and therefore have a responsibility to always be right. 

But that's not how life works, does it? And me, well... I always feel there is always far more to learn than has been learned.

Therefore, although I've offered a lot of ideas on survival equipment in part 3 of "Lost in the Woods", my intention was more to demonstrated a thought process far beyond the actual equipment itself. 

To demonstrate the creative nature that resides in all of us that not only has us thinking outside of the box, but then turning that box into something useful too.

Hope you enjoy part 3 of
Lost in the Woods.

Note: Sorry everyone. Due to my continuing health problems and further complicated by computer software issues that have slowed my usual process, Episode five will be coming out a bit later and released at a slower rate of speed than usual. I want to thank all of you for your patience, kindness, and understanding concerning this delay and will be doing my best to get things out as quickly as possible.

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The Disabled Hiker

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