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  • What are your weaknesses?

    Everyone has weaknesses and the only way to fix that is to admit to it, identify it and do something about it! Let's focus on one weakness you need to work on in regards to wilderness survival. In my opinion a weakness can also mean having knowledge, but being out of practice.

    I REALLY have to work on my wild edibles! Sure I can identify the obvious, but it would be to my advantage to be familiar with alot more.

    My plans are to start focusing on that tomorrow and through the rest of the year as a priority. I'm not getting out alot lately like I thought I would because of Docters orders. In fact, that's why I have been on here so much lately. I have a surgery coming up so I need to get some time in the woods. Nothing serious, but just enough to be a PAIN!
    Last edited by Snow Walker; 05-14-2011, 10:34 PM.

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    Age .... so I keep on like 30 year old to counter.

    O.W.
    Things are seldom what they seem.

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    • #3
      Time management, I always plan too much in a day.

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      • #4
        The hand drill for fire starting. It kicks my butt everytime I try it. My best attempt produced a slight wisp of smoke. I end up with blisters on my hands every time I try this method.

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        • #5
          There are a few, such as the wild edibles! However, first and foremost, I need to be more confidant, and secure. Its taken me many years to be more independent, and I need to feel more confidant with everything I do, in life as well as the wilderness. I need to learn to trust my "gut" more.
          If the zombies chase us, Im tripping you!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Stitch View Post
            The hand drill for fire starting. It kicks my butt everytime I try it. My best attempt produced a slight wisp of smoke. I end up with blisters on my hands every time I try this method.
            I couldn't agree more so I stick with the bow, it's definately not easy!

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            • #7
              My biggest problem, is that I'm alone, and my wife is tactically worthless. That's a big problem if you're talking about hordes of cannibals or whatever running about. In order to actually make it in a post-SHTF world, I honestly think you'd need a platoon sized element (30 or so). A squad @ least (7 to 9 people).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Apocalyptic_Sojourner View Post
                My biggest problem, is that I'm alone, and my wife is tactically worthless. That's a big problem if you're talking about hordes of cannibals or whatever running about. In order to actually make it in a post-SHTF world, I honestly think you'd need a platoon sized element (30 or so). A squad @ least (7 to 9 people).
                Does she just have no interest in learning? Im sure that has to be difficult if not frustrating for you. Try dropping hints, and exposing her as much as you can. maybe she will learn to like it, or something with stick with her. Good luck!!!
                If the zombies chase us, Im tripping you!!!

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                • #9
                  Wow, we have a good start here because everything mentioned by those above are very good points, but I know for a fact there are alot more people on this forum and no one is proficient in everything. This thread could really be helpful because the more people get involved the more it can trigger and/or remind us of other things we can work on.

                  I'll go again...more in depth wild edible knowledge, time, lack of a really dependable partner, hand drill and yes age doesn't make things easier. I could aslo try and become a better swimmer and although I feel I am a good tracker I am also working on improving that. I'm doing this by taking pictures of different sign in the woods and placing it in a album for me to share with others which also furthers my knowledge.

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                  • #10
                    Biggest weakness: Try not to laugh to hard! I am a 41 year old man who has never cleaned a fish or an animal. Yes I can both hunt and fish and happen to be very good at both. Just have never learned to process the kill someone else has always done it for me. Going to remedy that this year. Also need to learn wild edibles and fire from bow drill.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by no1woodwizar View Post
                      Biggest weakness: Try not to laugh to hard! I am a 41 year old man who has never cleaned a fish or an animal. Yes I can both hunt and fish and happen to be very good at both. Just have never learned to process the kill someone else has always done it for me. Going to remedy that this year. Also need to learn wild edibles and fire from bow drill.
                      Its great that you admit that, and are willing to remedy that! Good luck! Was it just "gross" to you, or did you just not learn how to do it.. Thanks for sharing!
                      If the zombies chase us, Im tripping you!!!

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                      • #12
                        I want to hunt where you hunt being the youngest I was the animal gutting and butchering boy while everyone else was in the cabin enjoying a beer and some stew I was in the cleaning shack getting to work but their are a few good books on the subject and a few videos also but asking a friend and having someone show you is what I recommend I had a very patient uncle who made me one of the best butchers in my family
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                        • #13
                          My poor health is probably my biggest liability, with lack of money second. As far as training goes, I'm good on the book end, but a little light on some field experience. Equipment wise I'm short on CBNRE/HAZMAT gear and Comms.

                          Specific areas of weakensses are Wild plant edibles; medical training above the Advanced First Aid level, with no real experience. Not too good on social skills, as in dealing with groups. Plenty more, too many to list, even for me.
                          Jerry D Young

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                          • #14
                            Chronic injuries
                            Police work the military and recreational fighting have left me with a beat up set of joints and bones.

                            i have 2 small kids

                            My wife is not tactically trained. She's better than most folks off the street, but not reliable for support by fire.

                            i don't hunt

                            i suck at electronics and computers

                            i live in a borderline area SHTF wise.

                            I suck at local flora ID. I was good back home, up here i don't know what's edible.

                            I need better water purification and comms.

                            My family is all over the country, i'd probably do something stupid and try to save people i love.

                            I'm good on gear by and large, got training and some exp. Wife has some great skills of her own, just not tactical. Got some solid folks to work with, training one kinda now. Got some good skill sets including basic cobbling and black smiting. But i know where i'm weak.

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                            • #15
                              Don't know where to begin. Actually, I could improve most aspects of skills, but I have to go along with Apocalyptic_Sojourner on the subject of being alone. The fantasy is to go it alone, but the reality is that in most cases, being on your own is hazardous, if not down right stupid. Maybe my primary goal would be to organize or join a preexisting group. Both possibilities sound daunting. The second is to stock more items, which means spending more money.
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