|The Purist Survivalist Exercise
By Tom Brown, Jr.
As most of you who have taken my Standard
classes now realize, the type of survival that I teach is for people who are
going to get lost or into a survival situation poorly prepared and with
absolutely no equipment; in other words, a person who is dressed poorly for the
weather that he is going to encounter, with absolutely no knife, blanket,
canteen, or anything else other than what he is wearing.
With the summer months coming up, I would
suggest going out into a short-term survival situation with just the clothes on
your back, that is if you have practiced your skills all along and are
proficient in each of them. Late spring, summer, and early fall are the best
times to practice survival situations because the weather doesn't really get
that fierce. Temperatures don't get down much below 30 degrees in some ports of
the country, unless you are high in the upper mountain elevations.
I would suggest going out, taking some
equipment with you for use in emergency only, and trying to build everything
that you will need, using natural rocks as cutting, abrading, and scraping
tools. Also, use bones that you find in the area, abrading and honing them down
into cutters, scrapers, awls,. etc. This brings the person who has practiced the
various skills into a closer relationship with the earth, knowing that he has to
make and provide everything without even so much as a blanket or knife, or any
of the other fineries that can be with him.