Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Survival | 5 comments
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A GOOD, FAIRLY LARGE, FIXED BLADE KNIFE

This is the *one* tool that you need to make other tools – you can cut with it; make a spear; skin and prepare game; use it as a lever/pry bar, a tent peg, an anchor point, a cauterizing implement, a hammer, an awl…the list goes on.

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Fixed blade Shira knife by Kilamanjaro

 

2

THE KNOWLEDGE AND OR THE TOOLS TO DO EACH OF THESE THINGS IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS

  • Make some kind of shelter
  • Find/carry/purify water
  • Snare/capture food
  • Make fire
  • Signal potential search and rescue forces
  • Identify which way is North during both daytime and nighttime

These are the essentials of survival, and being prepared to do each of them two different ways gives you redundancy.

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3

YOUR BRAINS

But more specifically, your common sense. Most survival mistakes come from hunger, thirst, or fatigue and a lack of common sense under difficult conditions.

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4

DISCIPLINE AND CONTROL OF YOUR EMOTIONS

Survival is not the same as comfort, and getting emotional might lead you back to #3.

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Joel Lambert in South Africa during the hunt.

 

5

A LARGE BOTTLE OF “MAN UP”

Chances are, it is not going to be easy – so it is critical to be mentally and physically tough, and to keep your eyes on the prize.

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Manhunt demonstration in Romania for the press and fans.

About the Author

Joel Lambert is a combat veteran of the United States Navy SEAL Teams, where, among many other things, he became proficient in basic and advanced SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Escape) skills, urban evasion, fieldcraft, tracking, counter-tracking, booby traps, and all the rest of the tricks and techniques he uses to evade capture on his Discovery Channel show titled LONE TARGET in the US and MANHUNT in the rest of the world.