How To Fly Below The Radar: Escape And Evasion
Just because you are "the hunted" does not mean you have to be "the prey." Here are Joel's top tips to outlast the chase and make it to safety.
1. Have a plan, but be prepared to improvise. Know that you may have to choose between survival and escape. Sometimes escape may mean succumbing to the elements – weigh the balance and YOU make an educated choice. Do not allow circumstances to control outcomes if you can help it – and do not allow emotions to derail your plan when times get tough.
2. Know your body, know the environment you are in – and know the limitations and dangers of both.
3. Take every opportunity to hydrate and eat/gather food. You do not know when the next opportunity may arise – and you might not have the luxury of stopping when it does.
4. Blend into your environment, be aware of the foliage, the wildlife, and animal behaviour. Use natural vegetation and mud to break up your outline and to make yourself less conspicuous. Know when to go to ground, and trust your camouflage when you do.
5. Remember, three things will draw unwanted attentionL: movement draws the eye, noise can give you away, and shiny objects can reflect light (the sun flashing off of a reflective surface can be seen for miles and miles).
Things You Need To Survive In The Wild
If you're going into the wilderness, don't leave home without these essentials.
1. A good, fairly large, fixed blade knife. This is the *one* tool that you need to make other tools – you can cut with it; make a spear; skin and prepare game; use it as a lever/pry bar, a tent peg, an anchor point, a cauterizing implement, a hammer, an awl... the list goes on.
2. The knowledge and/or the tools to do each of these things two different ways:
- Make some kind of shelter
- Find/carry/purify water
- Snare/capture food
- Make fire
- Signal potential search and rescue forces
- Identify which way is North during both daytime and nighttime
These are the essentials of survival, and being prepared to do each of them two different ways gives you redundancy.
3. Your brains – but more specifically, your common sense. Most survival mistakes come from hunger, thirst, or fatigue and a lack of common sense under difficult conditions.
4. Discipline and control of your emotions. Survival is not the same as comfort, and getting emotional might lead you back to #3.
5. A large bottle of “Man Up”. Chances are, it is not going to be easy – so it is critical to be mentally and physically tough, and to keep your eyes on the prize.