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Bite Size Bushcraft – Signs and Treatment of Hypothermia

Cold Kills

Bite Size Bushcraft – Signs and Treatment of Hypothermia

A summary of symptoms, signs and Treatment of Hypothermia

Hypothermia is one of the most common killers outdoors. Everyone needs to know how to prevent it and treat it. Start explaining to children cold kills and when you send them out make sure they have suitable clothing. I once saw a boy on a Cub Scout camp get slightly wet, it wasn’t cold but there was a strong breeze blowing. The boy didn’t have a suitable coat. The leaders there recognised the symptoms quickly and got the boy warm using the following treatment.

Always plan your actions using the survival priorities.

Bite Size Bushcraft – Survival Priorities

priorities of survival

Bite Size Bushcraft-Priorities Of Survival.

Whether you are going camping on a site, wild camping, or in a survival situation, you need to prioritise your time. It doesn’t matter whether it is to keep you alive or to make your camping experience more pleasurable, it is good to use this simple system, using the priorities of survival. By using this system and practicing it whenever you are outdoors will make it second nature.

The method of prioritising you time and energy is using the “Rule of Three’s”

Survival Priorities – Rule of Three’s

This is a method of prioritising your time and energy when outdoors based on your physical needs.

  1. Die without oxygen 3 minutes.
  2. Die from hypothermia 3 hours.
  3. Die from dehydration 3 days.
  4. Die from starvation 3 weeks.

From that list we can then prioritise our needs

Survival Priority 1, Oxygen – 3 Minutes.

Okay, lets get the first one out of the way, the need for oxygen. In most cases you will know you need to get oxygen into your lungs. Whether it is due to drowning or toxic gases. However there are a couple of areas you need to be aware of.

  • Accidental Suffocation, If we try and make a shelter by wrapping temporarily in a plastic bivi bag and you are cold it is easy to be tempted to put your head in the bag where it is warm. You can fall asleep and suffocate accidentally.
  • Smoke, be aware of smoke collecting in your shelter. Again you can fall asleep and be overcome by fumes. Never burn rubbish which can give off toxic fumes.

These may be rare occurrences, but you are better being aware.

Survival Priority 2, Shelter.

Lessons in build a shelter

Lessons in shelter building

The primary aim of shelter is to protect us from the elements, whether it is hypothermia (Drop in core body temperature), or Hyperthermia (Rise in core body temperature). You don’t need to build a sophisticated shelter often the simplest of shelters are the best. When planning a shelter think about conserving energy, location and fit for purpose. See our other articles on shelter building.

Survival Priority 3, Water.

In a survival situation water is essential from the earliest opportunity. Although you can live three days without water, you can quickly deteriorate and not be able to do routine tasks. It can take time to find water and purify it and the results can be minimal. So, try and find multiple sources if you need to collect water and there is no abundant supply of water from a stream or spring. See our articles on water collection and purification.

Survival Priority 4, Fire.

Fire is not just something that provides many practical uses but can be a great psychological boost. Having a fire can keep you warm, cook, food, purify water and boost morale. If you don’t have matches or a cigarette lighter you may need to use a ferro-rod and steel. You should also try and learn several ways to light a fire using other methods. For example, fire by friction, using a lens, electric current through wire wool etc.

Survival Priority 5, Food.

blackberries-Foraging For Kids

blackberries-Foraging For Kids

Last but not least, food. You can last quite a while without food, but hunger can play tricks on you mind, reducing morale and be uncomfortable if not painful. One of the first symptoms is lack of energy and general tiredness.

We are used to eating at regular intervals several times a day. To suddenly not have that calorie intake can have a dramatic impact on your body. This is often something that fitter people with low body fat struggle with. After a short time, the body starts using protein for energy and can start breaking down muscle. This can cause aching limbs for some, other it causes pain.

Foraging with kids is fun for everyone and no matter how old you are you learn something new.

I was taught to eat and drink when ever possible. Even a few berries can top up dropping energy supplies. However, it is also good to save some food for a meal if you have a camp or stop for a break. Having a meal is also good psychologically, whether alone or in a group. It gives you an opportunity to stop, review plans by yourself or with others. Even just have a bit of time out.

Practice Makes Permanent

By following these survival priorities, you will put some structure into what you are doing. The says states, “Practice makes perfect.” what is should say is “Practice makes permanent” Keep planning and follow these survival priorities. They will become permanent. Even if you are going for a night or a couple of night camping you should start planning what order you will complete tasks. It will make them become second nature what ever situation you find yourself in. rather than having to start a new routine if you were unfortunate to be in a survival situation.

As you start to make subconscious decisions to plan using this method you will find that is you have developed you observation skills you will notice resources as you follow your plan which will have time and effort for you.

Make It A Game.

Whenyou start taking children camping start making setting up fun, make it and adventure. Teach them the Rule of three’s and the priorites of survival. Ask what they would do next? Set a scenario and they set up camp withing the confines of the scenario. Doing this will make it fun and they will remember. If they are new to camping they will also love it.

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Bite Sized Bushcraft – Finding Water

Finch in water

Bite Sized Bushcraft – Finding Water

As I child I would often watch Cowboy and Indian Movies and movies about people surviving in the wilderness. It would amaze me how a character would be in a bad way and suddenly see something that showed them the way to water, food or help. As I got older I would learn more about how we can use nature and what is around us. Whether it was from books, TV or people around me I was hooked from an early age. This Bite Sized Bushcraft Article is about one of the snippets of information I learned, that has stuck with me. It is about  birds helping us finding water.

Birds Finding Water?

Finches are a bird that eats grain. They can eat a lot in a day especially if there is Flock of them. Other birds that are similar are doves and pigeons. Birds that eat a lot of grain also need a lot of water. There is little or no water in the grain. Birds higher up the food chain that eat meat need less water, because they get most of what they need from the flesh that they eat.

The first thing to do is identify any birds you may find locally that eat grain. Then you can start looking. It is easy to

Finch in water

Finches Getting the water they need. Finding water using birds

think well they will eat grain during the day then fly off to get water before they rest up for the night. So you will look for them later in the day. Sadly this isn’t the best method. they could be going backwards and forwards all day long.

So you need to learn to track these birds in some way. You cant track then in the convention way we would track an animal due to a lack of ground sign (Spoor). So you need to know which way they are going, are they going to or from their water source. You needto observe the bird and you will see it doing one of two things.

  1. Flying fast and low in a direct route.
  2. Flying in a general direction but flying from tree to tree.

The grain eating birds that are flying low and fast in a direct route are usually going towards water. The birds flying in a general direction but flying from tree to tree are more likely to be returning from their water source. The reasoning is quite logical when you think about it. After these birds have got a belly full of water they are more sluggish, so they are more vulnerable to other animal hunting them as prey. So it is safer to go the shorter distances from tree to tree trying to remain in some sort of cover. The birds flying towards the water are more agile and can fly faster, keeping themselves safer. So they can fly in a more direct route.

As with all natural sign look for otherinformation to clarify what you have learned. In the meantime when you are

ut if they are going to or from water or doing some other task.

Have fun learning more about the outdoors and how you can work with it. As some martial artists say.”Bend like the willow don’t stand stead fast like the Oak” Work with nature, list and observe what it is showing you, don’t try and fight against it.

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Bite Sized Bushcraft

Bite Size Bushcraft

Bite Sized Bushcraft

You may have heard the question “How do you eat a mountain of ice cream?” Answer “One spoonful at a time.” Learning Bushcraft can be daunting. There is so much to learn, where do you start? How can you learn all this? The answer is “One Spoonful at a time.” That is manageable pieces, Bite Sized Bushcraft are small articles that give information about a topic. These might be something easy to practice or try by yourself or with your child, if you have a few minutes to spare, or it maybe something to lookout for whilst out on a walk. The first post is going to be some information that could help you find water. This is something you can practice any time any where. I find little things like this great to pointout to children when out on a walk. Alternatively you may ak the child or children to look out for a variety of things. Here are a few example of what I often use to keep children interested and enjoying walks.

Bite Size Bushcraft

Bite Size Bushcraft, Making outdoor activities fun and learning at the same time.

  • Indicators of a water source,
  • Something that would assist in natural navigation
  • Finding and identifying plants and trees.
  • Looking for and identifying plants, berries and roots that could be foraged for food or medicine.

By learning from these Bite Sized Bushcraft Posts you will learn More and learn it quicker. I hope you will also find ideas about how to incorporate it into outdoor activities with your children. Most important enjoy yourselves whilst you are outdoors and enjoy quality time with young people outdoors.

 

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Fun Survivalist Quiz-Which Famous Survivalist Are You Like

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Fun Survivalist Quiz.

Which Famous Survivalist Are You Like.

Four Questions to find out who you are like? Water, Fire, Shelter and Lost are the scenarios you will be asked about. Have a few minutes fun. You may be surprised. Dont forget to share it with your friends. They may be surprised.

 

Welcome to Bushcraft For Kids Learning Bushcraft

Bushcraft4Kids Helps children learn to take risks and have adventure in there lives

Welcome to Bushcraft4Kids-Learning Bushcraft.

All children, parents and families benefit from being outdoors. Learning bushcraft gives everyone skills that will help them have a greater understanding of nature and the world around them. Learning bushcraft is more than learning new skills. It builds stronger bonds between family members and improves communication between everyone.

Bushcraft, A Way For Adults, Children And Families Develop New Skills And Start On A Journey Of Personal Development And Healthy Living

As Individuals learning bushcraft skills increases knowledge of children and adults, plus it helps take them on a journey of personal development. Everyone seeing improvements in confidence, motivation, self belief, the ability to

Bushcraft4Kids Helps children learning Bushcraft

Bushcraft4Kids Helps children learn to take risks and have adventure in there lives

make decisions and deal with stress. Additionally there are the health benefits of being outdoors and being active.

Society is becoming obsessed with Risk and at an early age children are told things are dangerous. If it is dangerous or there is any perceived risk children told they must not attempt the activity. We need to educate out children to assess and manage risk and see challenge as a good thing as long as we minimise the risks involved. This is something Bushcraft is excellent at helping people understand.

Put Adventure Into A Child’s Life Experience Bushcraft

Let’s take our children into the amazing world there is outdoors, all around us. Step out of their front door into a world of adventure where they can have fun whilst learning about the world they live in. We can all start to make a difference. Take the first steps and encourage your children to have an adventure.

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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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Benefits of Bushcraft

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Some Of The Benefits Of Bushcraft

The benefits of bushcraft are many. They impact on most areas of an individuals life and on that of groups.

Bushcraft words and images

Bushcraft words and images