- Survival means staying alive. It might seem like a pretty easy thing to do with all the modern man-made resources at our disposal, but it can become a real challenge when most, if not all of those things are absent. There are countless scenarios which could leave a person simply trying to remain alive and well; one might think that being alone in such a scenario would be more beneficial than having the extra burden of helping and caring for family or friends, or even strangers, but that doesn’t have a chance of holding true if he/she lacks the skills, knowledge, and will power needed for survival.
- Think of survival as a three-story building with the foundation being your will to survive. The first level consists of your knowledge; this is essential to maintain confidence and a positive attitude. The second level is training; knowledge without training won’t allow you to better your odds in surviving. By practicing what you learn, you will gain the skills and experience needed to steer you towards the goal of staying alive. Finally, the third level is your kit or survival equipment pack. With the right items, coupled with knowledge and skills you will be able to self-rescue or survive long enough to be rescued, but most importantly, you will be adequately prepared to aid yourself and others in the art of survival.
- When thinking of survival as a three-story building, climbing to the top of that building will give you a vantage point of what lies ahead; similarly, by being on top of one of the highest peaks around you, you can see for miles and miles and plan according to your needs based on what your see (water sources, roads or paths, dense vegetation, flat terrain, cliffs, etc...), as demonstrated in the pictures below.
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