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Survival skills aren’t just for the adventurous mountain climber; anyone can find themselves in a dangerous situation where survival is threatened. Popular Mechanics has a list of survival tips that address situations anyone can get in. To drive the point home, there are also statistics of annual deaths caused by each situation. It’s scary to think about 700 people losing their lives this year from ladder falls!
There is plenty of great knowledge in this list, from common-sense precautions like using a harness while climbing to little-known facts like our tendency to hyperventilate before taking a dive. I found the little-known facts to be fascinating, like running from an animal can trigger a predatory response, or that cotton is the worst material to wear when hypothermia is possible. Facts like these, and the correct responses to dangerous situations make this list a must-read!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call “survival skills” now.