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    • Barefoot
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      Just finished a day of survival training with Brian Webb from IHS. The training was good basic knowledge to survive after a mishap in the woods. A few knots, shelter making, fire craft, water procurement, and a lot of gear talk. Thanks to Tradbow and the community wealth of knowledge I had already been using most of the skills and was able to help others.

      We also spent two days talking safety and security/surviving a kidnapping. If you have an organization and need this type of training to be prepared I would recommend Brian Webb from In His Service.

    • 1shot
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      Good on You for making the effort to be self-relient in case of emergency…

      I am planning a week long trip this summer into the MT’s with very minimal gear, my own edition of “Santa Rita Survivalman”.

      Small knife, metal cup, basic first-aid kit (side-arm for protection, cell-phone for emergency only, camera to document the adventure)…

      The main problem is snares/deadfalls are NOT allowed on National forests, and I dont want to take a chance on being ticketed and losing any hunting rights. So I may be taking a sling-shot along…

      (My GF asked if my life-insurance was all paid up and if she was the beni… hehehe)

    • jason samkowiak
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      Good on ya for haveing an interest and taking the course! Survival, fire, shelter, water, and woodsmanship have become lost skills only taked about as “things our grandparents did”.

      Just last night I met a buddy at the boat launch to go night bowfishing. I was changing out of shorts into jeans and emptied my pockets on the tailgate of my truck. He looked at my pile of a izula knive, 2 lighters, a mini ferisoum rod, swiss tech tool and good flashlight on my key ring and 4 rubberbands around my wallet. He shook his head and said you carry that crap everyday? I said “yep and i know what to do with them”. He said why lighters you dont smoke? I said have you ever made a fire by bowdrill or hand drill? he said no. I said ” I have and if you ever do it sucessfully you too would always carry 2 lighters!”

      Point being the more you know the less you need but the better choices you make.

      My family (kids and wife included) make a point each week all summer long to learn a new skill and master it. Its good fun quality family time and very rewarding.

      When we have guests over and I tell my 9 year old go start a bon fire and I had him a ferisoum rod and a pocket knife, the guest always follow him in total silence wondering if this is possible. 5 minutes later my son has a tinder bundle, 5 piles of different size sticks, and sparks flying. Thier jaws drop to teh ground. They always ask him “how many fires have you made like this? his favorite reply is “this is my first one…..today”.

      Im glad he is proud of the skills he is learning. Hopefully he will pass them on to his kids the same way.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      jasonsamko wrote: …My family (kids and wife included) make a point each week all summer long to learn a new skill and master it. Its good fun quality family time and very rewarding.

      When we have guests over and I tell my 9 year old go start a bon fire and I had him a ferisoum rod and a pocket knife, the guest always follow him in total silence wondering if this is possible. 5 minutes later my son has a tinder bundle, 5 piles of different size sticks, and sparks flying. Thier jaws drop to teh ground. They always ask him “how many fires have you made like this? his favorite reply is “this is my first one…..today”.

      Im glad he is proud of the skills he is learning. Hopefully he will pass them on to his kids the same way.

      Excellent.

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