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Let's take a minute to reflect on wisdom, knowledge and information we've received from prepping, bush crafting, homesteading, camping, hunting, trapping etc. what were the easy and hardest lessons learned? 

I've learned that physical fitness and a strong mentality are key to survival. We've got to trust in the Lord above all things. 

Cody Lundin said one time that "Fire is an art" I fine this to be exceptionally true. In my practices I've found that without proper fire lay and knowledge to work with damp material fire is not a guarantee. Even in the best of circumstances with a Zippo or Bic fire still isn't a guarantee. Fire is an art and you've got to practice and perfect that art. 

When it comes to hunting and trapping. Let the animal you're perusing tell you how to catch them. Most animals are creatures of habit until pressure is put on them. Use that to your advantage and keep your sight, sound and smell out of everything even in trapping. Just like trapping you set up a an area and circumstance for the animal to be tricked into your set up. Do the same with hunting. Find their natural paths. If baiting is allowed in your neck of the woods by all means make them a buffet. And let them fall in your trap.

One thing I've learned from "Alone" these guys were kind of out of sorts the first week or so being in an entirely new area. To help gather your bearings find a quick area where you'll have water, shelter and may be able to find some quick food. Then when you can venture out to find better. And always keep situational awareness for assets and predators.

These are a few of my findings. What's yours?
I need to read a lot of the threads here.

I need to figure out how to get to the BOL.

No man is an Island. I need to know my neighbors near our home. I know the neighbors at the BOL

I have a lot of work to do.
Will, You're in the right place. Dig in the topics and if you have any questions, feel free to post or even PM. There's a great deal of information and some very knowledgeable people here.

As far as BOLs are concerned, one good way of learning routes to and from your BOL is google maps. Study the terrain, roads and all features that can help and hurt you on/from your way.

Get to know your neighbors. Study the layout of their property and your own. This will help with travel and any "danger spots" you may need to be aware of in case you get trespassers and thieves etc.
(08-25-2015, 11:27 PM)Will Beararms Wrote: [ -> ]I need to read a lot of the threads here.

I need to figure out how to get to the BOL.

3 or 4 routes with supplies cached along the way.

No man is an Island. I need to know my neighbors near our home. I know the neighbors at the BOL

Have a potluck cookout and talk to folks.

I have a lot of work to do.

Follow the 5ps scenario,what works for me may not for you.Just make a checklist of the big ones and work to check off things as they are acquired or learned.

1st Water
2nd Shelter/fire
3rd Food. If you add $20 a week worth of food you'll be amazed how fast yer pantry will fill up.
4th Medical,I'd suggest a red cross course at least.An EMT/B course would be a skill that could be bartered.
5th Weapons You are on GT so you have interest and already have some weapons.
6th Recreation Card/board games,music/books.Music may be a no no due to the noise involved.

The info is on this board and us mods/admins will not allow this place to turn into the whizzing contest GTs s/p has become.

ETA,I normally don't ginsu posts like that but it was the best way to insert answers to some of yer questions.'08.
Well the first think I learned (after reading the book, 'When All Plans Fail') was how truly unprepared I actually was.  I've spent many a year now correcting that.

I knew how important water was, but now I have the means to procure large amounts and to make sure it's clean/disinfected.

I didn't know how important fire was, but I do now.  Like John said, fire is an art.  Having the means to make fire has become one of my things.  I maintain on or about my person the tools necessary to ensure I have the best possibility to make fire if/when needed.

I now carry an EDC with items that have and continually show themselves to be useful.

I now have GHB's in both vehicles that will help prevent or mitigate an emergency situation.

We don't 'prep' for any one particular scenario, rather we feel if we are prepared for the more common things (storms, short term power outages etc) then we'll be better prepared for more far-reaching scenarios (grid-down situations, riots etc). 

Some folks scoff at the more far-reaching events happening.  I'm not sure I understand their logic, and frankly don't think they're thinking things through very well.  Can an EMP (natural or man-made) actually happen?  Well, it already has in the past.  So logic dictates that if something 'has' happened then it 'can' happen again.  Have we had terrorist attacks on U.S. soil?  Unfortunately yes, which means it can happen again.  Have we had riots in small, medium and large cities?  Yes, therefore it could happen again and has been happening recently.  Could the grid actually go down?  Well it has multiple times on a smaller scale due to physical and cyber attack.  Could the economy collapse?  Well, it's sure tanked multiple times in the past which caused a lot of problems.  So none of this is far fetched.  Don't want any of it to happen, but realize the potential exists which means it is prudent to prepare for it in advance, to the ability that it is reasonable and practical. 

I work about 20 miles from home.  I've mapped out multiple routes home using landmarks as mile markers so that I would know my progress should I have to take the shoe leather express to get home.  I have MRE's stored at work should the need arise as well as ways to have and disinfect water for the trip.  Additionally, means to shelter and deal with weather.  Family knows that 20 miles means perhaps 1-3 days travel time depending upon the conditions at the time.  So I've taken steps to make sure they have the ability to hunker down and defend the home turf.  Most of my preps center around a bug-in since a bug-out, while not impossible, is difficult.  Depends upon the severity of the situation and my wife's condition at the time. 

But most of all, as John stated, it's trusting in the Lord.  He's always taken care of me, through thick and thin, and he always well.  That's my faith and my emotional pillar.  And mental fortitude is essential to reduce/deal with stress factors.
For me, prepping has shown me that:

1. The way we live our lives (or used to) is unbelievably blind, foolish, and wasteful.
2. That prepping is not about the disaster - it is about how you live your life even when disaster doesn't strike
3. There is no need to be ridiculous about prepping - it can be a crap ton of fun (hike, camp, crafts, etc…)
4. Little things make a difference
5. Guns are fun hobby, but not even in the preparedness top 10, IMO…

MRE's at work….oooh; That's a GREAT idea!!!!
Ain't but one thing about it. If everything that's happened in just the last week alone hasn't shown you that prepping isn't only wise but very necessary then you're still asleep or worse.

Over the course of the last month I've been reminded that preparedness has no boundaries and limits. There's a ton of things I still don't know and a ton more things I do know that I have to brush up on.
What is the list of events from last week?
(11-21-2015, 02:38 PM)Bob Wrote: [ -> ]What is the list of events from last week?

John may have his own list but I'll toss out;
  • Terrorist attack in Paris.
  • Terrorist attack in Lebanon.
  • Terrorist attack in Mali.
  • Widespread inclement weather across a good portion of the country.
  • Potential influx of terrorism from refugees over and above what is already here and what is already coming in through non-existent borders.
Plus 1000.'08
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