Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Survival of the Fittest

I am obsessed with survival. As in lost-in-the-woods-with-no-cell-phone-or-toilet-paper survival. Honest-to-goodness obsessed. Don’t believe me? The picture below is of the four survival manuals that live on my own shelf. I’m actually pretty sure I have a fifth, but I couldn’t find it for the picture.

So, naturally, I frequently imagine myself in situations where survival techniques would be necessary. Right now, they usually involve me digging a snow cave to preserve my body heat; I much prefer the summer scenarios.

Since I spend so much time thinking about this, I’ve got my own little list of things I’d optimally like to have with me in a survival situation:

1.) My pocketknife
2.) A flint and striker (matches are great, but they run out)
3.) A mirror (for emergency signaling)
4.) A canteen and a bottle of iodine tablets
5.) String, or clothes that unravel easily (for fishing line)
6.) Extra socks

If you found yourself in a situation where you had to survive, what would you want to have with you?

Beware the sound of crying children, watch out for the barmaids, and whatever you do, don't let the Pegasus spit on you.
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Anonymous said...

I supposed a SAT phone is out? : ) When I was little, We lived in a tiny town in Wash. I sometimes stayed with an Indian trapper. We trapped, skinned and ate beaver--You only eat the tail. The rest you feed to your dogs, really--skinned them and sold the pelts. No indoor plumbing, nada. That said, I don't remember a lot of what I learned and I'd probably die from eating the wrong kind of root or bark.

That said, I'd want the canteen, something with which to make fire, a knife and a level head.

Jacquelyn Sylvan said...

Sounds like you've already got the level head!

Regan Black said...

My M-i-L gave my dad one of those books for Christmas. We had a blast quizzing him on scenarios.


Krista said...

You. Because you're obviously prepared -- in a slightly disturbing, but useful sort of way...