A Correlation Between The Equipment You Choose And The Skills You Learn.

Discussion in 'Survival Gear' started by Keith H., Dec 7, 2016.

0/5, 0 votes

  1. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member
      375/460

    Blog Posts:
    7
    Uxpe0hGee9anvQ6Z0xdn7JSbal4QPmjH.png
    A Correlation Between The Equipment You Choose and The Skills You Learn.
    I believe that when choosing equipment for survival use in the bush, there is more to consider than just ease of use and sustainability. Obviously when preparing for long term wilderness living, you need to choose equipment that will survive the years of use, but what about a correlation between the equipment & the skills you learn from using this equipment?

    As an example, anyone can learn primitive fire lighting skills, they can learn about native plant tinders & the difference between tinder & kindling. They can learn about wet weather fire lighting & where to find dry kindling in the rain, but how many people do you think will actually learn these skills if they are using a BIC lighter or a ferrocerium rod & Vaseline cotton balls to make fire? Let us take another example; using bow & arrows for hunting. If you are using a bow for hunting, or even a muzzle-loader, you need to know how to stalk your game in close. You may only get the one shot, plus you need a clean kill or at the very least a disabling shot. But how does this compare to someone using a long range modern breech-loading rifle?

    Now for those of you that now ask the question what does it matter? I say this, IF you are unable to get a fire going with your BIC lighter or if you should take a fall & break your lighter, how are you going to make fire? If you run out of ammo or your modern rifle malfunctions, how are you going to be able to hunt for food? Yes I know, you may have learnt how to make traps & learnt about trapping, you may also have more BIC lighters on your person, but you can surely see where I am coming from. I believe that a person who is primitive oriented & chooses to carry primitive equipment (pre 19th century), is likely to be more knowledgeable regarding primitive survival skills than someone who uses modern equipment.

    What equipment do you use? What primitive survival skills have you learnt? Think about it!
    Keith.
    http://australiansurvivalandprepper...6/12/a-correlation-between-equipment-you.html
     
  2. sarky

    sarky Expert Member
      133/115

    Blog Posts:
    0
    While you make good points, I don't consider active hunting in a survival situation to be calorie efficient. I prefer opportunistic hunting while I am out gathering wood, or checking my traps and snares. I also don't count matches nor a lighter as one of the 3 means of starting a fire that I have on me. This is not to saw that I won't have matches or a lighter it is just that they are too easy to render unusable either by moisture or cold. I've seen too many students take a class once and not practice their new skills, these skills are perishable and they have to learn the hard way.
     
    Keith H. likes this.
  3. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member
      375/460

    Blog Posts:
    7
    Totally agree regarding hunting, check the trap line first, then hunt on your return if the traps were empty. This may depend on how many people there are to be fed, so specific hunting may be needed. On foraging trips you can look for good game feeding areas, that can save on a lot of searching & walking & guarantee a kill when you need meat.
    Keith.
     
  4. Arkane

    Arkane Master Survivalist
      275/297

    Blog Posts:
    0
    There are many ways to make fire I carry at least 5 ways on me!
    Circumstances will dictate how I light that fire!
    I will use a bic lighter if it is available as that is very quick and easy

    I always dry tinder and kindling on the dieing campfire for the next fire!

    Fresh dry tinder and kindling makes fire lighting easy most any way you do it!

    I also carry half a dozen medium net bags for collecting firewood on the go.
    With long term rain/damp conditions the net bags can be used to keep firewood off the ground and under a fly to dry.
     
Loading...
Similar Threads Forum Date
The Difference Between Day and Night Wilderness Apr 28, 2016

Share This Page