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Old May 23rd, 2018, 08:26 PM   #1
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What 3 items for Naked and Afraid?

I'd want my partner to bring as big of a lw, reflectorized tarp as the producers will allow, while I brought a 2-person hammock made out of 9 strand 750 paracord. Depending upon the climate, and terrain, I might want the machete, or I might want the ferrorod. Most places, given the cordage from the inner strands of the hammock, I can make a fire, heat treat the quartz or chert, so that it flakes in a workable manner, and make up a hoku knife and a stone adze. Cordage (that's waf) is very hard to make in the bush, especially at some times of the year (winter).

The tarp is not only shelter, it can be a sleeping bag, given some debris to roll up in with it. Parts of the hammock can be converted into sandals, which you need desperately out there. The tarp can be used to line a hole in the ground, then line the tarp with gravel to protect it, then water and hot stones are added, to boil the water for safe drinking, and to cook, assuming that you can catch anything.

The hammock will unravel swifly and the outer sheathing from the paracord will peel right off, letting you access the fishing line strands inside. This can be swiftly woven into netting, which can become a sleeping bag (pack debris into
it) and used to catch mammals birds and crabs, as well as fish. If you can find some bones, you can make a needle and make several needful things, like a cape and head gear vs the sun, The cordage from the hammock is a hugely helpful item, as is the wind and rain proof tarp, Chunks of tarp can be tied around dried debris so as to make pontoons for an outrigger raft. A watercraft is an amazing advantage if you're on a shoreline or along a river. some places, the wood doesn't float worth a damn.

you're not going to starve to death in 3 weeks, if you dont do much of anything, but if you dont get food within a few days, you'll be too weakened, both mentally and physically, to do anything. Once again, get carbo-loaded and really hydrated before you go, so that you can push really hard for 2 days. With a decent spot and the gear I've outlined, you'll have a better shot at it than anyone has managed so far. You really do need breech clouts, to keep bugs out of your orifices (AMAP) Especially the female of course. She's risking her life to get into crappy waters! more than knee deep.

You can make a cutting edge a lot more easily than you can make a friction-fire in the jungle.

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Old May 23rd, 2018, 08:43 PM   #2
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What about making a spear? Machetes, knives, are absolutely useless against most predators. People forget the spear was a WMD whenever people figured it out. Imo, making a spear is job #1.

Shelter is job #2, and if rain is a possibility, as rain-proof a shelter as possible. Perfectly dry is the ideal. .

I like your hammock idea because in a lot of places you sure as hell don't want to sleep on the ground. But, if you're going to face temps in the 40s-50s, staying warm will be an issue. I've not once seen anyone on the show use hot rocks to stay warm sleeping.

A few nights of little to no sleep will make a dead ass out of anyone.

What do you think of the "well" idea that some use? Apparently they don't get sick.
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the seep well works, but you have to either keep digging a new one, or shelter it in some way, cause birds and bugs will poop into it. Predators are a very small concern, cause they aint gonna risk the lawsuits they'd get. You'll have a rifleman behind the cameraman. A spear should be made, but the small end of the shaft, split, pegged tied, sharpened into 4 points, barbed and fire hardened, is more useful than the big end, which should have a simple, hardened point, mostly for use as a walking stick, but it can be used for digging roots or taking an animal that's too tough for the barbed end, like a gar or gator. If you'll tie another stick alongside of the main shaft, nearer to the small end, you can make the spear balance at whatever point you prefer (along its length)

You can make the netting any size that you want, but I suggest 6 ft wide and 3" mesh. If you double over the net, and tie every other mesh, the mesh is then 1.5", and will catch almost any fish worth bothering with. A simple square net can be used as a cast net, with pebbles tied all around the edges. Wait until the mud clears, use a sharpened stick to brain the fish. Have a stringer or container for gathering them as you fold back the net. They will float to the surface. In small, shallow pools, you can smack the surface with a pole, 6" long sticks split in half lengthwise and tied across the end of the pole, like a "t" and the impact will make small fish float to the surface. They do NOT stay stunned very long, so get moving.
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you can later weave splits of local shoots, vines, roots, or strips of bark into the net and thusly close the 3" mesh to 1.5" in that manner, doubling your netting total size. The fact that fish can see the stuff does not matter when you use it as a seine or as a net-weir. A baited weir works pretty well. 2 seines can work really well in a creek. Tie one across the stream, and use poles, vertically driven into the mud, to help you move the other seine downstream, to the first seine. The hammock wont get used as a hammock more than one night, maybe 2, cause you'll be unraveling it to access the cordage for other tasks. you can cut-tear strips off of the tarp for some cordage needs.
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hot rocks will work, but it's a slow process, and will probably result in your getting burns, when you aint got an E tool to help you move them around, bury them under your sleeping spot, etc. Dont sleep above any coals or smouldering debris, due to the risk of CO poisoning. Your body prefers CO to oxygen, and it can kill you in your sleep.
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Again, thanks for all the info. Can you suggest a book for people wanting to know more about the techniques you've listed?
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Again, thanks for all the info. Can you suggest a book for people wanting to know more about the techniques you've listed?
some of them are original with me. Good general resources are the SAS survival handbook, by lofty wiseman. How to go live in the woods on pennies per day, by Brad Angier, How to live off of the land in city and country (and many other books) by Ragnar Benson, Outdoor Survival Skills, by Larry Dean Olsen. Buchcraft, by mors Korchanski.

Knowing to reconn your area can make a huge difference. You often can find wonderful resources just by hiking around. Old mines, quarries, garbage dumps, flotsam on the shore, can be full of treasures.
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Hell, I don't even like to live in the suburbs, I LIKE the city.
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so did the Jews of the 1930's in Germany. Look what their dependency and weakness got them! Ditto the Japanese Americans in 1941. Govt just TOOK everything that they had and imprisoned them.
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so did the Jews of the 1930's in Germany. Look what their dependency and weakness got them! Ditto the Japanese Americans in 1941. Govt just TOOK everything that they had and imprisoned them.
I'm not Jewish.
What makes you think most Jewish people liked to live in large, urban cities?
I'm not Japanese-American.
It's not the 1930's.
I'm not paranoid.

What does your rant have to do with my post???

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