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Friday, November 19, 2010

Survival Part 1

do you have the will to surviveLet me start this off by saying I'm not crazy and I'm not out of my mind. I guess I've read up on too many conspiracy theories that leave us fending for ourselves, or fighting to survive. Maybe I've watched too many survival shows and think it looks easy, which I highly doubt any of it's easy. Maybe it's all just a fantasy I have that I wont ever examine any further than just a thought.... Don't get me wrong, I love all the creature comforts we all enjoy such as electricity, simplicity of going to the store for food, computers (I love computers), cars for transportation, etc. But I feel I need this experience, like it will help me somehow, some way.

I have started doing a bit of research on finding a survival expert near me that I could learn from. Apparently there are quite a few all over, did a quick search for "learn from a survival expert" and I came up with this link. So I read what was on the page, and on the page was a link to a huge list of survival experts and schools all over the place. Found two places pretty close to me, one of which the website is under construction so I can't get a hold of them, and the other only had 2 classes in 2010 and they sound like they do a bunch of stuff in Michigan and North Carolina, so hopefully in 2011 there is some openings. Unfortunately it's almost $900 for a weeks worth of classes/lessons. I don't have the money at the moment but I will definitely be looking further in to this as time goes on.

I've watched "Into The Wild" where the guy gives up everything, travels to different places to learn essential knowledge before he makes his venture to live alone in Alaska. My girlfriend feared that I would do that if I watched the movie when she first saw it. For one, I would never leave on a venture like that without telling anyone. It would put too much worry on family and loved ones. For two, I sure as hell would not try to do it in Alaska, especially without any prior experience. I want to start small. I'm not even saying I want to live this way, I mainly just want the experience in case it's ever needed, when the shit hit's the fan. I guess you could call it "extreme camping" if you must give it a title. I just want to be prepared for the worst beyond just stocking cupboards full of non-perishables that will only last so long until you need to start surviving without any of the prepackaged goodies...

9 comments:

Anji said...

I think there is a growing awareness of this; There is a blog called Viking Preparedness on EYB! When I first read it I thought it was over the top, but when I gave it some thought... They haven't been in circulation for a while, I hope that they come back.

I'm looking forward to reading how you get on.

Rhetoric Camel said...

@Anji Yeah I believe it is becoming a thing that more people are aware of. I don't think I remember seeing that blog on EYB, hopefully they come back, I'd be interested in reading it.
Right now my process is a lot of reading and thinking. Not going to put myself out in winter just yet.

Don said...

As Anji said, go to http://www.vikingpreparedness.com/index.php and talk with Joe there, he is probably one of the best people in this area that I have seen. (And I'm in that area, and do many of the things he talks about.) If you can go to some of the classes and "campouts" he has, you will learn a lot in this area!

Rhetoric Camel said...

@Don I have checked out the site, it sounds interesting, but I can't seem to find where they're located? Would definitely be interested in checking it out though.

JamieDedes said...

Central Park (NY) or Golden Gate (SF) sound like good venues for adventurous me!

I hope you post about your classes.

Rhetoric Camel said...

@JaimeDedes hahah I guess those are good places to start. I grew up spending a lot of time at my Uncle's camp which needed a boat to get to and was surrounded by woods. Always have loved it. Down the street from my parents house were some woods that I used to go wander in, even though I wasn't allowed to go there at that age.

I will surely post about classes, assuming I can save up the money to afford to learn these classes. Thank you.

Randy said...

you might like this one...
http://thepreparedchristian.blogspot.com/

Scott R said...

Anji, there are quite a few sites out there that deal with the subject, keep in mind though some deal with their immediate environment and that is important. Also in the years I have spent in following the movement it is best to not depend on any one site because no one knows it all and there are like anything many views and opinions even on the simplest thing.

Scott
Prepology

Rhetoric Camel said...

Scott R, I agree it is definitely good to not stick with just one source. For information like this you need to read up on as much as possible, and try to keep it on your own environment. I'm not really interested on learning rain forest survival techniques because I'm nowhere near that type of environment.