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Education is the Best Preparation
Cold Weather Injuries
As mentioned in a previous post, Pine Pitch is a very useful tool. When among pines, look for the white residue that runs down the bark. It sorta looks like a giant bird crapped on the side of the tree if it is from an older wound.
It looks like very thick syrup on a fresh wound.
Pine Pitch is extremely flammable and can be used to start your fire. Scrape the whitish, harden pitch into a powder or or small chunks. I have been able to use a magnifying glass to catch this on fire on a sunny day and I’ve also been able to spark it with a ferrous rod. Easiest is, of course, direct flame. Put some next to tinder so you are ready to feed the hot flames from the Pitch.
Fresh Pitch, from a freshly broken branch or a knife cut on the trunk, can be used on a wound to stop bleeding. It even has anti-bacterial qualities.
Use an old can to melt some pitch into a liquid. Add charcoal powder, that you crushed, from your fire and some sort of wax. Don’t use ash. Actually crush some of the black charcoal. Remove the mixture from the heat and keep stirring it into a ball of blackened pitch. It will ball up around the stick as it cools. You now have a portable and non sticky ball of glue and sealant.
In a survival situation, you of course will do what ever it takes to make it to safety. As a matter of practice, don’t go around breaking pines up and slashing them to get the pitch flowing. Look around. You can almost always find some from an old wound.
Just scrape the pitch into a container and collect what you can.
Don’t forget to put a small handful of Pine Needles in some fresh water to boil into a Vitamin C rich tea.
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Education is the Best Preparation
Having all the right equipment during a disaster of any kind is certainly the right thing to do. No question a proper knife is a must. Long shelf life food is a great plan. Shelter material is awesome. It’s very wise to have some pain relievers and antibiotics. No argument here.
But here is the thing. Supplies run out. If the disaster last too long, your food will run out, your shelter material will get ruined, God forbid you lose your knife. That would be bad!!!
So eventually, all the conveniences will be gone, so now what do you depend on……..? Your brains, survival instincts, common sense and faith. I’m here today as testimony that those are important attributes. But the fact is, the more you hedge your bets, the better off you will be. Hedge your bets by educating yourself. There is no substitution for knowing how to survive. With knowledge, you will discover that God has provided all the materials you need to survive.
Get to know what plants are utilitarian, medicinal, healing, soothing and nutritious. Your life depends on it. Learn 5 to 10 plants that you can use for each of those categories. In the following weeks, I will help you identify just that. Check back often. Commit those plants to memory. I will focus on readily accessible plants from the Great Lakes region. If you have any questions on them or any plant, let me know.
I know the following info is common sense to experienced Preppers. But, maybe not so much for many of my readers who haven’t given it much thought.
I hear a lot of talk on shows, like Glenn Beck, on how important gold will be when the financial crisis strikes. Your bank accounts will be worthless, your cash unwanted. The historical evidence is there to support that. Prior to WWII, Germany’s Mark was really only valuable to help get a fire started. But in reality, is gold the way to go?
In a true global disaster, gold might be a good thing to hold on to if you have any. Bury it somewhere and forget you have it. If and when the situation improves it is possible that the gold will have value, but really, why does it have value? It isn’t particularly useful. It does make shiny jewelry. There are some minor industrial applications. It isn’t all that rare like it’s touted to be. Go to any department store and you will find some. Rare things are just that, hard to find.
So is gold what you should be spending your hard-earned cash on. Well, maybe, it could turn out to be a great investment, if the economy worsens, but doesn’t collapse or as opposed to the stock market, yes. It could be a good thing to have some and put it aside. Real gold though. Actually possess it. Don’t fall for the companies that issue you a piece of paper that says you own gold. That’s probably as worthless as the paper the promise is written on.
So maybe a little gold is good, but in a disaster, what is much, much, much more valuable than gold? Simply put, things that will keep you healthy, safe and comfortable during the disaster.
If you want currency that will be valuable, hoard some things that you know people will want and be willing to trade for. Cigarettes for example. Try giving a gold ring in exchange for passage through someones territory. See how far that gets you. Try giving a pack or two of “Joe Cools” and I bet you get further.
Coffee will be another luxury that people will take as payment. Coffee is one of those items that people don’t forget when it comes to packing for a wilderness trip.
I know by experience how important it is when on long military campaigns. Having a decent amount of long shelf life coffee on hand will help you get through so tough times. Both for your own consumption and as a barter item.
Food and other survival items like tarps, knives, fire starting equipment, pack-able fishing equipment, radios, batteries, on and on. All will be more important during the crisis than a few oz’s of Au. While you are thinking about investing in the future, you might do yourself a huge favor and buy some things that will be of true value in an emergency. Long term items that will feed, shelter, protect and comfort you and your family.
Surviving cold winter temperatures and conditions can bring its own special challenges. Even though the basics remain the same, Water, Food, Shelter and Heat, achieving those basics can be much tougher in cold winter months.
Water-It is tempting in the winter to grab handfuls of snow and cram your mouth full of the white stuff. Though, of course, melting snow or ice in your mouth does put water in your body, it can cause more problems than it solves. It’s not going to hurt you or your child (unless the snow is contaminated) to eat a bit of snow in a non-survival situation. But, when survival is at stake, don’t do it.
Rather than eating snow or ice, find a way to liquefy it. Eating snow or ice (or extremely cold water) actually dehydrated you and can lead to hypothermia. By lowering your core body temperature, your body needs to metabolize to stay warm. That process actually uses more water then you gain by eating the snow or ice. Heat it first. Melt it with fire or find a running source of water such as a stream. Heating the stream water is still important to both kill bacteria and to warm your core. Also, make sure your snow or ice are from as clean a source as you can before using it.
Food-can be real tough in the winter. There are some sources that are available if you know where to look. One of the easiest to find are pine needles. A tea from pine needles provides both comfort and Vitamin C. Another possibility is sumac berries.
A very nice and Vitamin C rich tea can be made by boiling the red berries of sumac.
Believe it or not, there are some green plants that survive quite well under the snow. A few of them are Winter Green, Violet and Mallow.
Move the snow aside in areas that these plants likely live. Just keep in mind. The same rules apply in winter as in summer. 100% identification is a must. This is not a time to experiment.
The Goldenrod Gall Fly Larvae can be found on many Goldenrod plants. Check out the photos. I can’t find any evidence that this grub is harmful to humans and few that briefly state they can be eaten in survival situations. I post them as important to know because they do make great fish bait. You should have small hooks in your pack. Recover the grub as shown. They actually stay on a small hook very well. Small fish like trout, pan fish, chubs and shiners love them. I grew up using these grubs because they are readily available and wax worms or meal worms just weren’t easy for me to get to. I caught a lot of bluegills on these grubs through the ice as a kid.
There are few other sources of food that you may find as you work towards rescue.
Rose Hips are a good source of Vitamin C. Keep an eye out for the little red hips. You will recognize them when you find the thorny wild rose plant.
Don’t overlook animals as a source of food during the winter. Your sling shot or snare can take small animals such as squirrels, rabbits and birds.
Also, and this might sound gross, but you can find good meat on dead animals that you find. Just make sure you are able to cook the meat thoroughly to avoid any possible bacteria.
Remember, this is survival during a tough time for all animals to find food. You can’t be choosy.
Shelter and Heat-If the snow is deep enough, you can dig a snow cave. Be careful not to dig too deep down. Make sure only a couple of feet of snow is over you. If it were to cave in on you, you don’t want six feet of snow on you. Snow is a great insulator. Making a tee-pee or lean-to packed with snow makes a very good shelter.
Don’t build your fire inside your shelter unless you have adequate ventilation. The only thing different about building a fire in the winter vs the summer is that finding dry tinder might be tougher. Make sure you have dry tinder and fire starting material in your survival pack. Also, wood that is cold is harder to ignite than warmer wood. You might need to make sure your fire is better established at each stage. Don’t slight it. Get each stage good and hot before moving to the next.
A few more notes to wrap it all up:
Remember that dehydration is a major issue in the cold. You might not think you are dehydrated, but you very well may be. Simply put-drink water.
Don’t get caught in a situation without your survival pack. Preparation is the first step of survival. Use this link to take you to survival equipment. A survival pack properly supplied is a must.
Remember, it takes a lot to starve to death. Finding food is tough in the winter. Keep a constant vigil for tidbits you can munch on.
Make sure you limit sweat. Sweat leads to major body heat loss when you stop work. When you are building your shelter or hiking out, don’t over dress. Keep your extra clothes dry so that you have them when its time to rest.
Do not forget to sit down and relax if you find yourself in a survival situation. Pray for guidance and calm. God has your back, lean on him.
Cold Weather Injuries
Cold weather injuries can be painful, debilitating and life threatening. Make sure you study and understand the sign of these injuries. Please research these conditions prior to embarking on a cold weather adventure.
Hypothermia-A condition with abnormally low body Temperature. Life threatening. Immediate attention required to prevent death.
Frostbite-The freezing of living tissue. Possible loss of extremities. Loss of skin and muscle tissue. Very serious. Immediately seek medical treatment.
Chilblains-Usually extremities such as fingers, toes and nose. Above freezing temps with higher humidity. Rash, burning, tingling, numbness. Usually not life threatening and can go away unassisted. Recommend medical attention.
Immersion/Trench Foot-prolonged exposure to cold moisture. Loss of skin tissue. Can be debilitating. Immediate medical attention required.
Dehydration-Loss of body water to the point of reduced body function. Can lead to Hypothermia. Increase water intake. Possible medical attention required.
Constipation-Usually brought on by improper diet but also dehydration. Cold weather can increase chances of constipation. Seek medical attention if severe. OTC remedies. Proper diet/water intake.
Sunburn-Usually on face in cold weather. Reflection of sun off snow and ice can increase the suns ability to burn. Use sunscreen in the winter.
Snow Blindness-Due to increased ultra violet rays to the cornea from sun reflection off of snow and ice. Swelling of cornea. Very painful, feeling of grit in eyes. Cover eyes with dark material. Wear good sun glasses. Seek medical attention immediately.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning-poisoning due to combustion of carbon based material. In nature it is usually due to a fire built inside of a shelter with inadequate ventilation. Life threatening. Get medical attention immediately.
Cold weather injuries are almost always avoidable. Make sure that you are properly clothed, nourished, hydrated and dry. Use sunscreens and sun glasses. The better your overall health and condition, the better your body can resist cold injury.
The video that this link takes you to is an excellent source of information on cold weather injuries. It was put out by the US Army. You should take a minute to watch it.
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