3 Survival Situations and What To Do


Whether you’re a trail-run­ner, cycler, hik­er, or just out for a week­end camp­ing trip in the back­coun­try, sur­vival sit­u­a­tions can strike at any­time and if you don’t have at least a basic knowl­edge of how not to die, your ass is grass. Take Aron Ral­ston for exam­ple. This avid out­door enthu­si­ast became the stuff of leg­ends when a quick bik­ing adven­ture in the canyons of Utah land­ed him between a boul­der and a canyon wall. Though James Fran­co made Ralston’s ordeal some­what sexy in 127 Hours, in the end, there was noth­ing sexy about Ral­ston hav­ing to ampu­tate his own arm with a dull mul­ti­tool, hike out of the canyons and rap­pel down cliffs to reach help and safe­ty. If you fol­low these few sim­ple safe­ty tips, you may come out of your sur­vival sit­u­a­tion with limbs intact.

1. For the Love of God, Leave a Note
If you’re off play­ing Daniel Boone by your­self or in a small group, it takes no time at all to leave a note detail­ing the fol­low­ing information:

-  Where you’re going.
-  When you plan to return.
-  Who you’re with.
-  When to call for help if you haven’t returned.
-  You vehi­cle infor­ma­tion: Make, mod­el, col­or, license plate number.

If you think you can sur­vive saw­ing off one of your limbs, then by all means don’t leave a note. If you’re slight­ly squea­mish and like your extrem­i­ties, put pen­cil to paper.

2. H20 and Fire


Guess what!? You need water to live and you can’t always stroll up to a faucet in the wilder­ness. One of the lead­ing caus­es of death in the out­doors is over­heat­ing and dehy­dra­tion. If you’re play­ing in the out­doors, always bring enough water to keep you well hydrat­ed. The stan­dard is typ­i­cal­ly 32 ounces a day for mod­er­ate to rig­or­ous activ­i­ty. Invest in a Camel­Bak. Buy a col­or­ful Nal­gene and put some obnox­ious stick­ers on it.

Anoth­er inter­est­ing fact: You need to stay warm to sur­vive. Keep­ing your core body tem­per­a­ture above 95 degrees in the out­doors insures that you are cog­nizant enough and have ade­quate motor func­tion­ing to make it out of your sur­vival sit­u­a­tion alive.

200453491-001How do I stay warm, you might ask?

-  Learn to build a fire.
-  Pack extra lay­ers of insu­lat­ed cloth­ing. Wool (you know, from sheep)…is awesome.
-  Stay dry. A wet body is cold­er than a dry one.
-  Find shelter…fast.
-  Get naked with a hot­tie in a sleep­ing bag.

Do what is takes, but warm your core.

3. Knives Are Real­ly Cool:

200453491-001Chicks dig ‘em. They’re pret­ty handy and they can do a ton of cool tricks. Like cut through human flesh, bone, and ten­don in a sur­vival sit­u­a­tion. Just one exam­ple. Knives can help you repair gear, leave mark­ings so that search and res­cue teams can find you if you’re on the move, cut twigs to build a fire, and slit your own throat when you real­ize you for­got to leave a detailed note and left your water at home.