Bushcraft And Life, The Lessons Are The Same.

harrison Okene Under water survivor

Bushcraft And Life, The Lessons Are The Same.

Five incredible stories of human survival.

Bushcraft and life both provide challenges. It is good to teach children and even remember ourselves, Bushcraft and life, the lessons are the same. It has been shown time and time again, it isn’t the person with the best skills, it is there survival mindset and the decisions they make. These individuals have pushed the boundaries far beyond human expectations and lived to tell the tale. let’s begin with the awesome Steve Callaham. In 1982 Steve took part in a transatlantic race which started in England and ended in Antigua. Unfortunately Steve’s boat became mercy to the giant waves and he was out of the race. He fixed up his 20-foot homemade boat and decided to complete the race on his own. Reading these stories you will hopefully learn some Bushcraft and life skills.

Steve Callaham, Survivor of the Sea

On the 29th of January, Steve set out from the Canary Islands destined for the Caribbean. During the first week the sea was calm with a steady wind, food supplies were good and he was enjoying his solitude, surrounded by ocean.

After a week of ideal conditions the weather took a turn for the worse, the wind picked up and a storm was brewing.

steve callahan, survivor of the sea

steve callahan, survivor of the sea

Steve decided to sit it out till morning when suddenly a massive  noise ripped through the boat. To this day he does not know what it was, but believes it must have been a whale. The boat began to fill with water and he was going down.

He had to abandon ship or he would be pulled down into the depths of the ocean. He managed to inflate and board the emergency raft, but all his food supplies were still on the sinking boat. His survival instinct kicked in and he re-boarded the sinking boat to retrieve his supplies. All he managed to crack was a cabbage, a box of eggs and a tin of peanuts barely a day’s supply.

As morning grew Steve was lost, alone and had no way of getting help. He wrapped himself in his drenched sleeping bag causing his already sore salty skin to erupt with boils. His back, knees and arms were also covered with cuts and bruises. He had eight pints of water that was in his emergency raft and rationed himself to a Med floor every six hours.

Days passed and water supplies were low. Steve managed to create a makeshift a solar still, that produced a small amount of fresh water. However food was non-existent, apart from a few fish he managed to catch.

After two weeks adrift, he spotted a boat, after firing several flares he watched the boat disappear into the distance. 40 days in,it became a battle to maintain the raft, due to constant punctures. Steve was exhausted, he had no meat on his body and his cuts were infected and effecting his nerve endings, sending horrific pains all over his body. 76 days in and his body and mind was shutting down.

Fortunately, he had been throwing inedible fish guts overboard and a crowd of birds were following him. Miraculously a group of fishermen saw the birds from the distance and thinking they must be fish nearby set out to see what was going on. They found Steve and after 67 days at sea he had lost over a third of his body weight and it would take him six weeks before he could walk again. Steve Callaham was finally safe

Harrison Okene, A Survivor From Below The Sea.

In the early morning of May 26 2013 Harrison Okene had just gotten up. He was about to go into the bathroom when suddenly his ship was hit by what a spokesman later called a sudden ocean swell. Okene could only watch, helplessly, as his daily life turned upside down.

harrison Okene Under water survivor

harrison Okene Under water survivor

The tug boat capsized and plummeted a hundred feet below the surface, with him still inside, trapped in the dark abyss. With no one else in sight and wearing nothing but his boxers Okene waded through the ship’s corridors which was slowly filling with icy water.

He managed to locate a source of light some coca-cola and a few tools and he made it to a relatively safe corner of the sunken ship. He ended up bunking in a for for air pocket under the surface, holding back the water as best he could. He stacked mattresses as the cold water rose to keep dry.

To make things worse sharks and barracudas soon started roaming the ship’s interiors. He could hear them fighting for the remains of his shipmates in other rooms and swimming in the water just below him.

He had no food and the saltwater and the bumps from the accident were wearing his skin raw but miraculously the lethal cold water aided Okene by absorbing the deadly carbon dioxide he was breathing out. So CO2 never built up to toxic levels.

When recovery team was sent down they expected no survivors and Okene gave a diver the shock of a lifetime, As soon as he heard human sounds he announced his present by pounding the wall with a hammer. The divers fled and returned with backup.

After almost three days of desperately hoping praying and reminiscing about family and friends Okene was finally brought to the surface in a decompression chamber by salvage divers. He had no idea how much time had passed, but made a full recovery.

Joe Simpson And Simon Yates, Survivors On The Mountains.

In 1985 Joe Simpson and Simon Yates successfully climbed the Siula Grande a 2,000 foot mountain in the arms of Peru. Their ascent was a great success, they completed the mountain on time and the weather conditions were looking good. But this story of survival was during the descent.

Joe Simpson Mountain Survivor

Joe Simpson Mountain Survivor

They were both exhausted and decided to rest up for the night and continued the following morning. As morning rose things were already looking bad. Simon’s fingers had turned black from frostbite and their supplies had been used up.

They were both wrote their families and began climbing down a sheer section of ice. Suddenly, Joe slipped and was free-falling. He smashed into the base of a cliff and his tibia drove itself into his right knee joint. Somehow, Simon managed to drive his ice axe into the mountain to prevent them both from falling.

They were now nineteen thousand feet up and could not see each other. At either ends of the rope, Simon and Joe both knew they would not get down together. But, Joe knew Simon needed to cut the rope in order to save himself but he didn’t, he began slowly lowering Joe down the mountain.

He would descend a small distance and then lower Joe down, refusing to leave him behind. Suddenly, Joe began sliding down a mountain, fast. He shouted up to Simon, but he couldn’t be heard. He was now free falling in the air and came to a halt. Joe was now dangling 15 foot below the lip of a cliff, with over a hundred foot of darkness below him.

Simon was now hanging on with the full weight of Joe below him. Simon used his pen knife to cut the rope as he knew they were both dead he stayed there. Joe was now falling into the dark hole. He hit the ground and realized he wasn’t dead, but was sliding into an ice glacier.

He came to a stop and realized he had no food no way of letting Simon know he was alive and had a completely shattered right leg. He knew the only way out was if he slid further into the glacier, hoping to find an exit at the bottom of the mountain.

Joe promised himself there and then that he was going to get out alive and kept crawling down the glacier. When suddenly he’s seen a light at the balm. Finally, he reached it and was amazingly at the bottom of the mountain. He could see footprints in the snow which he knew were Simons. He crawled and crawled for hours following Simon’s footsteps back at base camp.

Simon was in his tent, when he heard howling outside. He went to look and could see Joe crawling towards him.

That feeling must have been absolutely incredible. They both returned home and recovered well knowing that if Simon hadn’t have cut the rope they both had died there and then.

Aron Ralston, Wilderness  Survivor.

In 2003 28 year-old Aron Ralston was cycling through a national park in Utah. He left his bike and began to hike the rest of his journey. Coming to a 65 foot drop, he decides to rappel down as he has come prepared with all his climbing gear. During the rappel he reaches a Ledge that has a large boulder below it, just nine feet from the canyon floor.

Aron knows he can reach the boulder then drop down onto the floor. He lowers himself onto the boulder and

bushcraft and life the lessons are the same

Aron Ralston Bushcraft and life

carefully grabs hold of it lowering himself down. Suddenly the bowler shifts and he immediately falls, he raises his right arm in an attempt to protect his head. He comes to a halt, utter silence fills the canyon and he feels a deep burning in his right arm.

The Boulder which he was standing on is now pinning his arm against the canyon face. The pain hits him like a lightning ball. But he knows he needs to act fast, while she is filled with adrenaline. He tried pulling his arm out with his left arm but it’s stuck. He only has 1 liter of water left and consumes 1/3 of it in one go.

Luckily his arm is not bleeding. he uses a tool on his penknife to try and chip away at the rock, but to no success as night falls and the temperature drops.

Aron is struggling, three days later he is still wet and he knows he will have to amputate his arm, in order to survive. He drives his pen knife into his forearm. But can’t cut the bone he gives up and accepts the fact he is going to die. He begins to hallucinate he carves the 30th of April into the rock, as he does not expect to last another day.

On day 6 Aron said he had an epiphany. He has an idea, if he can get enough tension on the bone he could snap it in two and then all he would need to do is cut the remaining flesh. Without any hesitation he yanks his right arm and hears a crack echo through the canyon. For the next hour Aaron cuts through his skin and tendons using a blunt penknife.

He comes to the nerves, he knows it’s going to get painful as just touching it with his penknife causes immense pain. He grits it and cuts through the nerves. He’s free, he somehow begins staggering across the desert, when he’s spotted by a family. A helicopter arrives and after 127 hours since the accident Aron is safe.

Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor. (Lone Survivor.)

In the summer of 2005, Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his companions  Mike, Danny and Axe were dropped into the Hindu Kush of Central Afghanistan. Their duty was to carry out surveillance on a group of buildings used by the local Taliban commander. During their ascent up the mountain they stumbled across a small group of Afghan goat herders. Not knowing if they were local, civilians or Taliban, they decided to let them go. This was the mistake that changed their lives forever, they were Taliban and quickly reported the Seals to other Taliban members. A few hours

Marcus Luttrell survivor

Marcus Luttrell 3rd from Right

later the team entered a small area that had high grounds on three sides, a perfect location for the Taliban to attack. Moments later some 100 Taliban fighters were aiming down at the team with machine guns, assault rifles, RPGs and mortars.

All havoc began taking place, it was a hundred versus four and there was a sheer drop behind the team. They had no choice but to take the fall they all hit the ground hard. One soldier Danny, was shot twice. He heroically continued to fight, but was shot a third time in the throat and then the face. Four had become three. Thousands of bullets rained down on them. Mike took a shot in the chest and Axe in the head but they continued to fight.

Mike Murphy knew in order to call for support he needed to go out into the open and get a signal. He ran out into the open ground and called for support. He managed to call them, but he was shot dead moments later. Axe was now dying fast and after their two-hour firefight Marcus was on his own. Axe’s last words to him was “Stay alive.” and that’s exactly what he would do.

An RPG came crashing down on Marcus. He was knocked unconscious and blasted over the edge of a ravine. He woke up upside-down with a broken nose, broken shoulder and a broken back. An American Army Chinook helicopter flew overhead, this was Marcus’s ticket out of there. However, the helicopter was shot down by the Taliban getting all members on board.

Marcus was completely alone with no sign of backup. He could barely even crawl and the Taliban were hunting him. He was so thirsty that his tongue had stuck to the roof of his mouth.

A shot rang out, Marcus was hit in the leg by a Taliban sniper. The force knocked him back down the mountain, that he had been crawling up the past few hours. Three Taliban soldiers caught up with him, but he managed to shoot the one and throw a grenade at the other two. He continued to crawl for hours, when all of a sudden he could see three Afghan men looking down at him. He was prepared for his final stand, but these were not Taliban they were local civilians who helped Marcus. Against all the odds he decided to trust them. He was carried to a village where the local civilians had no time for the Taliban.

There was an American base camp 40 miles away, but Marcus knew he couldn’t make it there. Amazingly one of the locals volunteered to make the journey and alerted the American troops of Marcus’s whereabouts.

Marcus was rescued and returned home a hero. If it wasn’t for the kindness of those civilians and the heroic bravery of his team, Marcus would have surely died, that day.

Bushcraft And Life The Lessons Are The Same

That’s it! Five incredible survival stories. My heart goes out to all those heroes who have proven that anything is possible. When we are in a survival situation it isn’t always the tools we have, or even the survival, bushcraft skills we know. It is How we think and being strong. We all face challenges during our lives. They are often the same in relation to bushcraft and life. Whether it is mental strength, motivation, confidence, determination, the list goes on, you will find you need them and use them in situations you find in Bushcraft and life, the lessons are the same.

Bushcraft is a great way to teach children and adults these skills, whilst having fun, getting fresh air and learning about nature.

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