Over the past few years, I have built a growing repertoire of wilderness survival skills. These include friction fires, edible wild plants, shelter building, constructing hunting longbows, animal traps and more. I have developed these skills because I feel that it is important to be able to survive no matter what life throws at you.
The vast majority of people in our society rely entirely on others to keep them fed, clothed and sheltered. Take away the infrastructure and the population will crash. We live in an interesting time and no one can make any guarantees about the future. While there are many conceivable reasons that the comforts and conveniences of society might disappear – war, disease, natural catastrophe etc – I do not necessarily think that this will happen in my lifetime. However, I don’t believe in betting my life on the best case scenario.
By taking away the comforts and conveniences of modern society, you force yourself to become more resilient and resourceful. You become more, and thus rely on less. Even if life remains stable, you still make yourself stronger – it never hurts to invest in yourself.
I believe in experiential learning. While I have received some training, much of what I have learned has been through trial and error. As such, I will never say that my way is the only right way to do something. I have found ways that work. They may or may not be the best way, but they serve me well. This approach also has the benefit of being amusing for you, the viewer. Feel free to get a few cheap laughs at my expense as I try and fail with hilarious results. I’ll figure it out eventually. After all, we learn more from our failures than from our successes.