Spend enough time outside and you’re virtually guaranteed
to find yourself in a tough spot. It could be a situation that threatens to derail your plans, or it could be one that derails your life. Believe me, I have lived through many, from getting lost to hypothermia to grizzly charges.
At the risk of alienating
doomsday preppers who fantasize about the zombie apocalypse, the greatest survival challenge you might encounter is the person staring back at you in the mirror. More often than not, it’s the dumbass mistakes that are the ones that get us into trouble. That’s why I wrote a book
chronicling them, so you don’t do the same thing.
Leave Your Wedding Ring at Home
If you devotedly wear your metal wedding band while hunting
and fishing, you could be risking a backwoods emergency and an amputated finger. Should your ring catch on a rock, fence, a piece of equipment, or a broken branch during a jump, trip, or stumble, a finger avulsion, also known as a “degloving,” could be the
result. In layman’s terms, an avulsion results in all of the skin and some of the flesh being rapidly and violently stripped off your finger.
It’s hard not to question the intelligence of anyone risking a finger to their metal ring. Consider instead a silicone
ring, a four pack of which you can get for the whopping cost of $23. As a side benefit, silicone rings don’t clack on your gun or bow when you’re trying to be stealthy. If you don’t heed our advice, at least don’t be extra stupid by wearing a ring made from tungsten carbide. These can’t be cut off by medical equipment; instead, they need to be cracked off with a big pair of pliers. Imagine going through that while your ring finger painfully swells due to a broken bone.
Never, EVER Drink Your Own Urine
Popular survival stories often focus on the shocking
and extreme measures people take to stave off death, and drinking urine to avoid dying of thirst is a popular entrant in the genre. Reality television star Bear Grylls has repeatedly filmed himself drinking piss. Although it’s an understandable response to
extreme thirst, tapping your own faucet is a bad idea. Urine is 95 percent water and 5 percent sodium, chloride, potassium, urea, and other waste products.
Although that sounds like a promising ratio, consider that seawater is 96.5 percent water and 3.5 percent
sodium and chloride. Just like drinking seawater, drinking urine will only dehydrate you further. And in consuming urine, you’ll also be taking in all the undesirable stuff that your kidneys just filtered out of your body. Repeat this process a few times over,
and your urine will be so highly concentrated with dangerous toxins that it could cause kidney failure. That means death. The bottom line is that a human can go about three days without water, and drinking urine won’t extend that timeline.
Moss on Trees Doesn’t Tell You Anything
One of the oldest adages in survival lore is that moss always grows on the north …read more
Source:: MAXIM – News