I’ve always been a fan of the outdoors. I grew up in a regional, farming area and I’ve always been camping, fishing, hunting etc. To me, it’s second nature. I just love to test myself and try new things from building survival shelters and rafts to learning new ways to purify water to learning new ways of harvesting food in a survival situation and everything in-between.
I also love testing gear. As much as I love primitive survival skills and value them, I also have an appreciation of modern technology and the fact that they can make survival situations much easier.
My thoughts on SHTF
I understand that if SHTF that once reasonable and “nice” people will do things they ordinarily wouldn’t and it can happen very quickly. It’s just what happens to humans when there’s limited resources and our lives or our loved ones lives are at risk. I’ve read Victor Frankl’s Man’s search for meaning. He was subjected to a concentration camp in the holocaust and when he first arrived at the concentration camp he was horrified and mentally shattered to see the conditions that people were living in and seeing dead bodies just lying around and being treated as if they were nothing.
In a short period of time he had to learn to adapt and he did and when someone would pass away the first thing they’d do wouldn’t be to mourn, it would be to check the body to see if there was anything valuable on it. That behavior would have been unconscionable before he entered the concentration camp, but he had to survive and he did and I take my hat off to him, he’s one hell of a strong man.
Will disasters happen again?
Will there be more disastrous scenarios in the world, whether they be war or famine etc? Absolutely. Human beings have very short memories and we don’t read history often enough. There have been many plagues in history, humans have constantly been at war, there have always been natural disasters. Will these things actually effect my life? It is an absolute certainty that these things will happen again, maybe not in my lifetime but they will happen. Even if they don’t happen in my life time, they might happen in my children’s or grandchildren’s lifetime so it’s better to have some survival skills. Even if you just want to enjoy the great nature of the world, you need to be prepared.
It also means having the right equipment and that means also having weapons. If humans aren’t kept in check by the law we become barbarians. I have a fascination with weapons because they have shaped human history. From the Roman Gladius to the Hunnic bow to the invention of gunpowder. Which ever civilization had the best weapons and could effectively use them, ruled. It’s just that simple.
What it means to me
I guess you could say that what I do is a hobby, but to me it’s much more than that, it’s a lifestyle. I get to experience remote parts of the world that others can only dream of. I get to see some of the greatest natural sites the world has to offer and I get to be in nature, the way life was intended to be, and I absolutely love it.
If you have any feedback or questions etc just use the contact form.