Wilderness Survival Part 1

What is Wilderness Survival?

Wiki entry for Survival Skills states that “Survival skills are techniques a person may use in a dangerous situation”. Dared to Survive says that Wilderness Survival is the ability to survive in the wilderness throughout various seasons and weather conditions.

People are most likely to use these skills when they have found themselves to be lost or injured in the wilderness.

Rules of Three

If you know a little about the outdoors then you have probably heard of the rules of three. These are very basic rules to follow when establishing priorities of survival.

  • 3 minutes without air
  • 3 hours without shelter
  • 3 days without water
  • 3 weeks without food

In addition to these people often look at psychology and the human need for companionship as a key component of any type of survival.

Situational Awareness

  • Make Lists
  • Threats
    • Injury
    • Weather
    • Terrain
    • Wildlife (to include plants, insects)
  • Resources
    • Know what resources you may have based upon geographic
    • Establishing a safe place to for your shelter.
    • Explore (wagon wheel method) area for resources.
  • Not taking unnecessary risks.

Resources

FM 21-76 Army Survival Manual

Survival Actions at survivaliq.com

 

 

Consider this to be a living document and will be updated and revised when necessary.

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