Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Outdoor Survival Guide

THE BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVAL GUIDE : (Astroview August 2008)


Always make sure that someone knows where you’re going and when you’re planning to come 

back. Be prepared for the environment you’re heading into and bring the right tools and supplies. Get your bearings right before moving on. If you’re tired, rest. If you’re hungry, try to find food.


Count the seconds between thunders and lightning and divide it by two, to gauge how close in miles it is to you. If it is less than two miles, you really want to think about getting out of danger. So keep away from trees. Keep away from high points, top of mountains and lakes. Just squat down on the balls of your feet and keep your hands over your head and make yourself as small a target as possible.


When you get bitten by a snake, just stay calm. You don’t want to do anything that is going to raise your heart rate and speed up the rate the poison goes around your body. You want to keep the limb lower than your heart. Put a loose tourniquet on it and yes, just get help. A lot of snakes, even though they are poisonous, won’t always give you a poisonous bite. If you see three fang marks, it’s an indication that it’s actually injected the poison.


Find running water – as stagnant water is likely contaminated with dead animals and other debris. Dew often collects on leaves and pine needles overnight. So if you’re desperately in need of water, this can be a lifesaver. If you’re really well hydrated, you can drink your pee initially to keep you going.


You can find north, east, south and west by using the shadow and stick method. Find a stick, insert it into the ground and you’ll see that it casts a shadow. Mark where the end of the shadow is and leave it for 15 minutes. Mark the next point and that will leave an east-west line. Anyone going on a trip should know the basic terrain or geography of the area.

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