The financial world we live in is just as wild, if not more, than the mountains and woods we walk through. We are told that the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but we can feel that something is wrong. My unique financial background and survival passion make Financial Survivalist and excellent place to learn and share.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Dave Cantebury's 5 C's of Survivalability

Dave Cantebury is a hunting and survival expert. He is the founder of the Path Finder School, and author of The Pathfinder System: Survivability for the Common Man. He is also the co-star on the tv show "Duel Survivor." Through Dave's decades of experience hunting, tracking, and traping, he has developed a list of 5 things that are essential to survival. Missing any of these 5 things seriously limits your "survivability."

Dave Canterbury's 5 C's of Survivalbility

1. Cordage: rope, floss, string, fishing line, parachord.

Cordage is essential for building shelter, making traps, and fishing. Without it you may be lacking those things. Cordage is extremely useful in countless of survival situations. If found in the wilderness without cordage you can weave or braid certain types of plants to make improvised cordage.

2. Cutting: Knife

A knife is essential in a survival situation to make tools, traps, shelter, and fire. It is essential for cleaning animals and preparing food. If found in a survival situation without a knife, an improvized knife can be made by fracturing a densegrained rock at the correct angle.

3. Cover: cover includes any tarp, cloth, or bag that can be used for insulation or shelter.

Some materials can be used as traps, nets, or carrying devices. If found in a survival situation with out cover look for natural shelter first. If nature provides shelter you can save calories otherwise spent on building it. If no natural shelter is available certain types of trees and plants can be used to improvise a raised beed and rain shed.

4. Combustion: lighter, matches, flint & steel, steel wool & battery, convex lense, or dry wood.

Combustion or fire ignition is essential in a survival situation for cooking, purifying water, creating heat, and signaling for rescue. If found in a survival situation without a combustion source several friction techniques may be utilized by essentially rubbing two sticks together. However, choosing the correct materials is essential and friction techniques for creating fire are considered extremely difficult.

5. Container: can, cup, bottle, bowel or bag.

In a survival situation a container is essential for carrying and purifying water. An individual can die from dehydration in as little as 3 days. If found in a survival situation wihtout a container one can be improvised from certain plants or trees. Moisture can aslo be extracted from certain plants and feces. However, this is not recomended for anyone without extensive expertese. In a last resort situation it is better that you drink unpurified water and risk contamination than die from dehydration.

2 comments:

  1. I use cordage to build a shelter.

    I use chordage to enrich a snappy little musical number. :)

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