258: Surviving the End Times

Surviving the End Times

Staying alive amidst the zombie hordes, the robot overlords or the exploding A-bombs will be tough. Jack Baker provides a few real-life survival tips that can help you survive the end of the world.

Read Full Article

And for an in-depth understanding of even more survival techniques, visit these websites:

http://www.trackerschool.com/
http://practicalprimitive.com/
http://pastskills.com/home1.html
http://www.cotef.org/Home

A very interesting read, reminds me of all those years ago when I used to study the SAS survival handbook.

I had a very bad dehydration episode once myself and it is horrendous, the headache took ages to abate and I never thought I would feel quenched ever again.

All in all a very good read, let's just hope we don't need to put your advice to use anytime soon.

I loved this article, very informative and entertaining. Undead Pidgeons suck, by the way - pray for apocalypse by aliens.

Well, I rather enjoyed reading that. A very good article, nice one.

If the zombie apocolypse happens, (which it will, it's just a matter of time, believe me people), i'll know how to survive, thanks to your article.

That was a good article, dude. You're very knowledgable!

The Red Dragon:
If the zombie apocolypse happens, (which it will, it's just a matter of time, believe me people), i'll know how to survive, thanks to your article.

I reckon no matter what the apocalypse, zombies will be involved of be a result of it.

Escapist Magazine: teaching pasty geeks to survive the Apocalypse since 2005

That was indeed a interesting article.
Knowing how to survive is quite important, i should really investigate this properly. The article was quite informative, but too bad i suck at translating plant and tree names, i always confuse them, and on top of that, even in my language i don't know most of the tree names.

However, i checked out how to build that debris hut, that looks like even i could make it.

:D Cool!

I wanna go on a survival trip now.

A very informative guide, some good information there...

Although, I must ask...why did you not drink for 2 days?? for what purpose did that serve?

This probaly an excellent short survival guide on it's own. Really entertaining and burned through those 3 pages without even noticing except for clicking.

Thanks alot!

What a load of man horse manure. This twit obviously doesn't know what he's talking about. I saw The Hunted, the stuff del Toro does is impossible.

Tallim:
A very interesting read, reminds me of all those years ago when I used to study the SAS survival handbook.

Heh, my friend had that in high school, along with The Poor Man's James Bond. What were the four classes of traps in the SAS guide again? Something like "Mangle, Tangle, Dangle, Strangle?" Almost sounded like a death metal song.

Jaredin:
why did you not drink for 2 days?? for what purpose did that serve?

I was fasting, and water didn't taste as good without food; so I neglected it.

Good read, I feel smarterer already.

But seriously, good article.
Though, I think you went on about zombies a bit much, as everyone knows giant lizards would be your biggest threat.

Very interesting! Veeeeery interesting.

I think I'll go make some pine needle tea right now.

I'll really have to practice some survival skills after a while. Also, one good tip is the creation of a portable, refuel-able fire starter.

The basic idea was given to me by someone using an LED flashlight and a laser pointer, and cobbling them together with a bit of soldering to make a fire starter. It actually worked, surprisingly enough. My idea would be to combine this idea with one of the LED flashlights you can shake to power up. This way, you can just shake the flashlight until it gets power, start a fire, and keep the flashlight somewhere safe.

An interesting read for sure. Alas, by reading this, I think I have to accept the fact that I probably would not survive for very long during an apocalyptic scenario.

That was a brilliant read, very informative and interesting.

You have done well in your youth, learning skills which are woefully lacking in today's generations. Personally, i think most kids should go camping and be given the opportunity to do the most basic of survival skills - build a shelter (even if this is erecting a tent), building and maintaining fire, learning how to keep themselves warm during a cold night, etc.

As i grow older (i'm only 25 and i'm saying that? I need to relax...) i begin to find myself wanting to do the things i missed out on as a child, and camping was one of those things. A workmate of mine is an experienced camper, and we went to a small campsite for a weekend. He had a massive tent we could sleep in, and a small, portable gas stove to cook on. I had to buy a sleeping bag and an inflatable mattress to sleep on (for my weary bones to rest >.O)

After a day of 4WDing through the park, we found a site and pitched the tent. He showed me how to start a fire, chopping the wood we'd brought with us, before we cracked open the beers and sat back, talking and drinking until the sun was fully set, my Ipod playing the easiest listening music i had on it (the OST from Battlefield Vietnam). He decided to forgo the gas stove and used the campsite's hotplate to cook the steaks we'd brought with us. Even the tinned vegetables tasted good after they'd boiled in one of his camping pots. We continued to drink, emptying his esky and digging into mine, keeping ourselves warm by the fire and chatting, before finally we retired for the night.

In the morning i awoke with my teeth chattering. My sleeping bag had done an excellent job of keeping my torso and limbs warm - but my head was frozen. I had not brought a beanie with me to fight the cold from my skull. Quickly pulling my baseball cap on did nothing - it barely covered my head, let alone my ears or face, so i resolved to get up. I was extremely hung over, and it was a powerful struggle to dress myself. Luckly i'd brought a hoodie jumper with me, but it did nothing to fight the morning chill - i had to wear my thick bouncer jacket over that. I forced myself out of the tent and looked at the mist surrounding the site, marvelling at the beauty only for a moment before i was sick in the bushes.

The cold was biting at me, i could taste vomit in my mouth, and i knew i needed to get warm. I tried to start a fire, but every swing of the hatchet into the damp wood made my head want to burst wetly. Eventually i managed to get enough kindling together and arranged it like he had shown me, but the morning dew had made all the twigs and sticks we'd used the night before unusable as tinder. I resolved to tearing out the indexs from several books i kept in my car, so desperate for warmth i was, but it was no use - the paper was too dry, i didn't pack it close enough or space it enough, the wood needed to be closer to it as it burned, whatever it was, i couldn't get the fire going.

I resolved to sit in my chair, pulling my hoodie tight over my face and crossing my arms over my chest until my friend awoke, went and puked himself, then started the fire. I welcomed the warmth them, but felt...jaded? For failing at what i had assumed would be a fairly simple task. Fire has been in human history for thousands of years, and men have been able to start them with less tools then i had, and with less materials, yet one hangover and i was forced to freeze until help arrived. I'm certain that even without the hangover i would've been forced to do the same thing - my knowledge of camping, of survival, was and is still very, very limited.

It was a learning experience for the both of us. We both vowed never to bring such a large amount of alcohol with us the next time we went camping, and i promised myself that i would rectify what i felt was a letdown of the human evolution. I ate a whole loaf of bread on the long drive back - the only thing my turbulent stomach could keep down - and as i drove i realized that all the imagining of surviving an apocalypse would have been just that - imagining. If an invading force attacked tomorrow, i know that i would become a statistic because i would not be able to survive if i managed to escape, because i did not have the basic survival skills necessary to live in the wilderness.

Thinking about it, it makes you feel very vulnerable, wondering how you would survive if the power went out. If the water stopped running. If you were left completely alone.

Over all good survival guide. The only thing that I could be...misleading is the part about urine. While it is true that dehydration turns urine yellow, so do waste products contained in the urine (that's why you have to pee in a cup for drug tests. Chemicals such as THC and amphetamines are excreted in urine. So is excess vitamin A, now that I think about it). These waste products are gathered in the kidneys over time, and are excreted when you urinate. This also causes your urine to turn yellow, with shades differing according to the concentration of the waste product. The darker the shade, the higher the concentration. If your urine is clear for an extended period of time, one of three things is happening: 1) Your body is not creating the waste products, which is not a good thing. Most likely, this means that you do not have a proper nutrition intake (although there are other causes). 2) Your drinking a lot of water, thereby diluting the concentration (this is fine, although in a post-apocalyptic setting, you should probably try to conserve drinkable water.) Or 3) Your kidneys are not properly filtering waste products out of your blood stream (worst possible of the three.)

A better way to tell if your dehydrated is to look at the veins in the back of your hand. Normally, they very slightly protrude above the skin, just enough to be felt by the tip of a finger moving across them. If you are dehydrated; however, they become extremely visible, appearing to "pop out" above the hand (especially if you are of slender build). The metacarpals also become more pronounced as the level of dehydration increases.

Shadowsol93:
Over all good survival guide. The only thing that I could be...misleading is the part about urine. While it is true that dehydration turns urine yellow, so do waste products contained in the urine (that's why you have to pee in a cup for drug tests. Chemicals such as THC and amphetamines are excreted in urine. So is excess vitamin A, now that I think about it). These waste products are gathered in the kidneys over time, and are excreted when you urinate. This also causes your urine to turn yellow, with shades differing according to the concentration of the waste product. The darker the shade, the higher the concentration. If your urine is clear for an extended period of time, one of three things is happening: 1) Your body is not creating the waste products, which is not a good thing. Most likely, this means that you do not have a proper nutrition intake (although there are other causes). 2) Your drinking a lot of water, thereby diluting the concentration (this is fine, although in a post-apocalyptic setting, you should probably try to conserve drinkable water.) Or 3) Your kidneys are not properly filtering waste products out of your blood stream (worst possible of the three.)

A better way to tell if your dehydrated is to look at the veins in the back of your hand. Normally, they very slightly protrude above the skin, just enough to be felt by the tip of a finger moving across them. If you are dehydrated; however, they become extremely visible, appearing to "pop out" above the hand (especially if you are of slender build). The metacarpals also become more pronounced as the level of dehydration increases.

EXACTLY! But don't just disregard what this dingbat says about dehydration being relative, Go For The Throat! It's All Wrong! I mean, PuLease, I can go 3 WEEKS without food? Yeah Right! I go three Hours and my stomach starts moaning and groaning.

Yellow pee is bad? Shit...

The last part of your post is very interesting. About how a lot of post apocalyptic literature and games are really just shadows of real country's that are either gripped by war or are simply poorer than the west.

So my question is. Do you think our obsession with this genre stems from he guilty pleasure we take in not being in countries that are like this. Is it from the fear that we might one day end up living like that?

It's an interesting angle and not something I've ever thought of before.

Influx27:

EXACTLY! But don't just disregard what this dingbat says about dehydration being relative, Go For The Throat! It's All Wrong! I mean, PuLease, I can go 3 WEEKS without food? Yeah Right! I go three Hours and my stomach starts moaning and groaning.

The average adult make can last 3 weeks with no food an survive. You won't be comfortable and you would have lost a lot of your body-mass and strength. But you could survive.

I'll have to remember this.
The next step to surviving the apocalypse is to know what kind of apocalypse your in.

This is probably a more useful survival guide for the real "End Times" we are actually living in:

http://exiledonline.com/tips-for-new-paupers/all/1/

You can survive more than three days without food, you can go about a week and a bit but by then you will be severely cramping and very dizzy (Low blood-sugar), but spot on with the water.First priority: Clean steady source of water.

 

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here