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There is something in the outdoors that attracts wilderness enthusiasts and professionals alike. Despite the many risks, trekkers continue to explore the wild and blaze trails for others to follow. The priceless landscapes and unique experiences travelers are immersed in never fail to satisfy the cravings of those with adventurous souls. It cannot be denied that nature is able to give us that sense of peace and self-awareness – two things that urban life cannot provide. However, along with nature’s beauty comes danger.
Going to the wild requires a lot of preparation – physically, mentally and emotionally, that is – because doing so means entering a territory outside of one’s comfort zone. The acceptance of that particular challenge is where the fun begins, but it is abruptly halted at the first encounter of danger.
Put yourself in such situation. What will you do when you find yourself in total jeopardy in the middle of nowhere?
Set your mind
Survival always starts with the right mindset. A well-prepared traveler’s instinct tells him to avoid any risky circumstances. However, that same instinct tells him to focus on staying alive whenever he’s faced by one. Rod Alne, an esteemed survival instructor, said that there are two questions you need to be able to answer before heading on a journey.
What’s your greatest fear? What’s the worst that could happen? These questions prepare a true survivor in combatting the threats of the unknown boondocks.
Use your equipment
Your level of preparation is one of the factors that determines your chances of surviving in the wild. Don’t put much value on quantity but quality. You need to make sure that all belongings you squeezed in your backpack can be put to good use when the time comes.
An emergency kit that consists of tools like a knife, a rope, a flashlight, a lighter and a navigation gear is of great help. You can put small but useful items in your pockets as well. Instead of dragging you further, let your baggage take you to the right path. Be practical.
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Apply your skills
What skills do you need exactly? The ability to perform first-aid for sprains and wounds is a must. After all, mobility is essential for survival. You need to recover as fast as possible – or if not, at least minimize the damage.
Another skill needed is one for creating make-shift shelters. Traveling is much more dangerous in the absence of light, so learn to build a temporary roof over your head to spend the night. Make with what you have and create something efficient that can protect you from the cold and wild creatures.
Building a fire also helps to keep you warm.
Rest your body
Even when lost or distressed in an unknown part of the forest, you are still allowed to allot time to recharge. If you find relaxation too difficult to do, resting would be enough. It’s impossible to search for the right path with a tired body and a defeated mindset. Find a safe spot on high grounds where you can build transitory quarters for dozing off and take some time to sleep. Stay cautious still and be alert when you hear unusual noises.
Boost your confidence
The next day will bring you new hope and energy to keep you going. Rise early and keep track of the sun’s movement. Since everything is clear in daylight, it is the perfect time to locate the poles. While on a top location, create mental notes of the directions you are about to take on that day. Don’t quit. A true survivor never loses hope. Believe that you can make it out of the crazy maze of the wilderness.
Find your way
Finally, don’t stop moving. You can’t survive if you just stay on one spot without exerting any effort to get rescued. One of the most effective ways to get help is to let the people who are looking for you know that you are still there somewhere, roaming around in the wilderness. Make your presence known by leaving marks on the trails you are about to explore. Create evident and huge ground signs that are visible in aerial view. Be found.
There are different kinds of wilderness that demand different survival abilities and approaches. But in the end, it’s still you who makes that decision to once again see the beauty of the wild that you’ve always admired. That’s what makes a true survivor.