Survival Tips For Backpackers

Survival Tips For Backpackers

Why survival tips for​ backpackers? Certainly backpacking may never become a​ matter of​ wilderness survival for​ you, especially if​ you are careful in​ your planning. Still, getting lost or​ twisting an​ ankle far from any road is​ always a​ possibility. in​ any case, learning a​ few new things from time to​ time is​ a​ great way to​ make your trips safer and​ more interesting. With that in​ mind, here are a​ few random survival tricks and​ skills based on my own experience.

A Few Survival Tips to​ Remember

You can make snow-block shelters without tools when the​ conditions are right. I have made trench-shelters of​ 2 x 3 foot snow-blocks with no tools. I stomped rectangles in​ the​ heavily-crusted snow and​ lifted up the​ resulting blocks. Stacking them on either side of​ a​ trench in​ the​ snow, and​ then across the​ top for​ a​ roof, I was able to​ make a​ shelter in​ twenty minutes.

Syrup is​ made in​ late winter and​ early spring from both maple and​ birch trees, but it​ is​ too much effort to​ in​ a​ wilderness survival situation. However, you can get a​ couple hundred calories per day by just drinking maple or​ birch sap. Collecting it​ can be as​ easy as​ snapping off the​ ends of​ twigs and​ putting something underneath to​ catch the​ dripping sap. I've collected a​ quart per day for​ several days from one cut branch.

How about a​ survival tip that makes for​ a​ delicious meal? Crayfish turn red just like a​ lobster when they are boiled, and​ you get a​ little chunk of​ meat from the​ tail of​ each. Lifting rocks to​ find them is​ much more efficient than baiting them. They swim backwards, so reach from behind them to​ catch them.

Porcupine can be killed with a​ stick. They will not die easy, but they are slow, so you'll have plenty of​ time. Dress them from their underside, where there are no quills. They taste good when roasted over a​ fire. the​ mountain man tradition was to​ never kill them unless it​ was an​ emergency, because as​ long as​ they're around, there is​ easy food for​ survival situations.

For quick ropes and​ lashings in​ the​ desert, peel yucca leaves into strips and​ braid them together, overlapping the​ ends. it​ took thirty minutes for​ me to​ make a​ rope like this that four of​ us couldn't break (two on each end).

I have cooked in​ containers made of​ birch bark. There are two methods. One is​ to​ drop fire-heated rocks into the​ liquid to​ bring it​ to​ a​ boil. the​ other is​ to​ use the​ pot directly over the​ flame. if​ the​ flame doesn't go above the​ level of​ the​ liquid, the​ pot birch bark pot won't burn, because the​ heat is​ conducted away quickly by the​ liquid inside.

Just stuffing your light jacket full of​ dried grass can effectively make it​ into a​ winter coat. it​ is​ even better (less itchy) if​ you have another jacket (like your raincoat), so you can put the​ grass or​ leaves between the​ two. Usually it​ will be more efficient to​ look for​ ways to​ modify what you already have than to​ try to​ make survival clothing.

There are hundreds of​ little tricks that can make wilderness travel interesting and​ safer. Even if​ you aren't interested in​ practicing survival techniques, why not at​ least read a​ few survival tips now and​ then. Someday you may remember something that can save your life.

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