Investing in Primitive Technology
Fall is here. The summer heat is receding. Color season has begun. Hunting season is either already here or fast approaching. It’s time to get outside and start exploring!
Those who venture into the wild know that there is an element of danger involved. That’s part of what draws us to the wilderness. But there’s no reason to venture out recklessly. A critical part of preparing for your expedition is planning your survival strategy. Below is a list of some of the most critical survival priorities. These priorities are not necessarily listed in rank order, as your survival priorities may change based on your situation.
Out of the Comfort Zone
We can choose to remain in our comfort zone and avoid difficulty and allow our personal growth to stagnate. Or we can decide to step out of our comfort zone into the wild—into an environment that brings new challenges and new adventures.
Trying new things comes with the risk of failure. But failure is not final. The more we try and fail and learn from our failures, the better we will become. The more we practice the discipline of stepping out of our comfort zone, the better equipped we’ll be to handle stressful and unpredictable situations, and the more we will be able to assist others.
Painkillers in the Backcountry
There are a number of people today, some who write for reputable publications, who tend to be a bit reckless in dispensing advice on using painkillers. "When backpacking,” the advice goes, “if your joints start to hurt, simply pop a couple of over-the-counter pain relievers, and press on.”
When you ingest a painkiller, you are shutting down your body’s signals. By shutting down these signals and continuing the activity, you make it much more difficult to assess the extent of your injury, and you are almost guaranteed to make the injury worse.
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