- Knowledge is a suitable foundation to begin, for without it, can anything else be accomplished?
- Skills are the action part of things, primarily being motor skills and the ability to create what is imagined based on knowledge
- Gear is considered to be both items that are purposely carried or designated to be tools supporting survival and are not limited to commercially produced products, but also that which can be made of native materials
- Reading, study (active)
- Video, visual (passive)
- Classes, schooling, training (interactive)
- Experience (e gives the test first, the lesson afterward)
- Innate sense (part of a being, perhaps inherited)
- The Senses (sight, smell, sound, touch, conversation)
- Island of the Lost, Joan Druett – shows past knowledge as indispensible in adapting available resources to current conditions
- Perry starting fire in the dark – having used the FSK hundreds of times visual ability was not absolutely necessary
- Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea – knowing sea currents, how equipment works, fish, medical, handyman, navigation and sea charts
- Jim Bridger, J Cecil Alder – Bridger had an amazing ability to navigate, remembering with incredible detail, features, trails, etc. He was so good that he could even construct what certain areas he had never been to were like, based on his knowledge of the surrounding areas.
- Rowing to Latitude, Jill Fredston – Jill had the ultimate knowledge of rowing in all conditions, her studying of the areas she went into for climate, features, bears, etc. saved her life many times.
- Endurance, Frank Worsley – Shackelton not only used information known about Antarctica and it’s surroundings, the weather, navigation, features, animal life, etc. but during the 18 month odyssey, made a point of keeping books, journals and even musical instruments when they had to scale back on items to take on the journey across the ice after the ship was crushed in the ice.
- Emergency Deer Hunt camp, Perry – stranded by a surprise storm, past learning of shelter and a knowledge of the principals of fire starting helped to save lives.
- Hey I’m Alive, Helen Klayben – These poor survivors had little knowledge, but they knew a few basic things. They survived for 46 days in the winter in the Yukon with temperatures down to -40F
Many more details are in our Audio Program – Knowledge is Power
Until next time this is Perry Peacock, “Simplifying Survival”