Surviving the Wild

The wilderness comes in many shapes and sizes. The desert, mountains and the jungles are all varying extremes of the wild that you can experience. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for all kinds of survival experiences.

General Tips

  • Before setting out on your journey, inform your friends and family where you’re going. If possible leave them a copy of your trail and map. If something goes wrong, they can notify search and rescue who will then have a good idea to where to look for.
  • Get your maps in order. Know the basic geography of where you are going and familiarize yourself of the local hazards and predators. Also be sure to have the right supplies with you.
  • Stay focused and positive throughout the trip. Things go wrong that’s just the way the penny drops; sometimes you can do something about it, in others you can’t. Make the best with what you have and continue to thinking happy positive thoughts.

Desert Wilderness Tips

  • If you’re lost in the desert, try and find a shade as quickly as possible. Do not attempt to walk around or stay in the sun too long, the biggest killers here are heatstroke and dehydration which come on very quickly. While you’re in the shade, keep drinking as much water as possible, stay hydrated.
  • Finding water is your most important goal. If you spot any nearby vegetation, chances are there is water nearby. Canyons provide the much needed shade and water sources too.
  • Remember, try and find running water only. Still water will be filled with disease, parasites and wastes from dead animals.

Rain Forest Wilderness Tips

  • Just the thickness of the forest and the close proximity of trees will make a jungle extremely difficult to navigate. Climb one of the trees and get your bearings right, see where you are headed.
  • Watch your step and watch what you grab for support, you don’t want to step into a bog or marsh and grab a snake for support.
  • Familiarize yourself with the vegetation; there are some plants that you can probably eat.
  • Always camp in a clear ground. Camping near trees is not safe as falling branches or tree dwelling predators can attack you in your sleep.

Mountain Wilderness Tips

  • Avalanches are a huge threat to hikers, skiers and campers. Be on the lookout for any changes in weather which can lead to avalanches or land slides.
  • Always carry a beacon with you. This is a GPS device that transmits emergency signals in times of distress.
  • Try and read the snow. If the snow is compacted and packed, then it should be fine. If it suddenly drops off, it indicates it’s in layers and that’s dangerous.
  • Follow glaciers, they will lead you out of mountainous terrain.
  • Be wary of frostbite and keep your extremities as warm as possible. An indication if you’re getting frostbite is if your skin goes a waxy, red color, then black.
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