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10 items to help you survive in wild

It pleases me greatly to write columns that inspire conversation and debate.  Last week’s column seems to have done just that. Based on the responses in my inbox after only a single day, the topic of survival truly seems to be a favorite among outdoorsmen.

Many folks offered suggestions as to how they would survive in the great outdoors as well as how others could do the same. Everything from the best way to start fires to the best way to navigate at night was covered. There were a number of recommendations for items to make sure to carry, as well.

I have my doubts Chuck Norris would fit into a backpack, however.

There were two questions asked of me more than any others. The first was for my very best advice for survival while lost in the wilderness. This might seem like a simplistic answer, but my advice is not to get lost in the first place.

Before heading out on even the shortest of outdoor excursions, look over a map of the area to be covered. Note the roads and trails and their location in relationship to one another. Always carry the map, as well as a compass or GPS unit. The only sure way to survive in the wilderness is to avoid the need to ever have to do so.

The second question asked of me forces us to assume the answer to question No. 1 was ignored. The second question is the same one I posed in my column last week: Which 10 items would I carry in a backpack to assure my survival in the wilderness?

Since the question came about while describing a new television show, it seems only fitting to follow their guidelines. Firearms, cellphones or electronics of any kind are not allowed. No matches or lighters either. Compasses and all other forms of navigational equipment are prohibited as well.

Following the set guidelines made paring down my list difficult. In the end though, for those of you who asked, my list would look like this:

  • 1 hunting knife
  • 1 folding camp saw
  • 1 10-foot-by-10-foot tarp
  • 1 spool of parachute cord, 200 yards
  • 1 package fish hooks, 12 count

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