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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
Life today has become so easy. Thanks to technological advancement, our lives have become more comfortable. As human beings, we made a connection in technology about everything. If we don't know something, we just search on Google for answers. If we run out of food, we can immediately call for a delivery service. We live in a world where everything we need is right on our palm. We are so overwhelmed that a simple problem is like a big burden for us. We often neglect to think much about survival skills in this modern world. If you ask someone if they can survive one night in the wilderness, most respondents can't answer with certainty that they would know how to survive in this kind of situation.
So whether you decided to go on a trip to the wild and try to be brave, here are some expert tips that could make a difference and change your perspective in life.
When going on a trip to the wilderness, it is a good idea to take the time to learn everything that you might encounter in the woods. Being knowledgeable and equipped could help you avoid difficult situations. When you're in a survival situation, it is not the perfect time to panic. It is one of the biggest challenges and prone to danger when you're out in the woods. If your mind begins to feel scared or nervous, it will react and make your body out of control. You are more likely to get through it if you focus on maintaining a calm and positive attitude and apply all the things you know beforehand.
Build a Shelter
Before going into the wild, you need to learn how to protect yourself. Start by learning how to build a shelter. Building a nice, sturdy, and effective shelter can keep you and your companion safe from other elements that could be harmful to your body. Having a shelter can also protect you from animals lurking around the corner as there is a possibility to attack you if you are in an open space. According to this article from Theusmarines.com, finding shelter is the most important rule in survival. There are a few shelters that you can make from the available materials in the wild. Some famous shelters that experts recommend is a lean-to and let the airflow. Another tip that could give you an edge among others is to pick the right location that is near to water, but safe from flooding as it gives you a lot of natural resources in hand.
Set a Fire
The temperature in the wilderness can drop rapidly, so it is a good idea to know how to build a fire. Start by collecting twigs, branches, and dry leaves to keep the fire burning. These things are widely available in the wilderness. The next step you can do is to spark a fire, you can do it by having a flint and steel. You can buy a flint set anywhere and they are very affordable. It is also a good investment if you wanted to do it again. If you don't carry a flint, you may improvise a magnifying glass. You can simply put water inside a clear plastic and seal it up like a balloon to reflect the sun's ray and create a fire. A gentle reminder, do not ever light a fire directly on wet ground as it will not spark.
Water is one of your top priorities when you are in the wilderness. However, finding a natural source of freshwater can be difficult. You should avoid collecting waters from puddles or lakes as these bodies of water can be a house of many pathogens and bacterias. The best place to collect water in the wild is the one from running streams or rivers. Nonetheless, it should always be purified before consuming it. Do it by boiling the water over a fire or you can make your portable water filter. Simply find an empty bottle, poke a small hole at the bottom part, fill it up with coarse gravel, sand, charcoal, and fine sand and add water to the top layer of the materials. Collect the water that is coming out of the small hole you created. Finding a clean, free from contaminated water is the key to your survival in the wild.
All these tips are key to your survival in the wilderness. Do not make yourself tired. Take some time and focus on the situation. Use the time you have as an advantage. These tips will help you go back to your house in full. Be sure to practice and enhance all your skills and use them to your best advantage.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV