What if terrorists and rogue governments hit us first, then we fall? Shaken financially, our economy then collapses. Our government can no longer afford a large armed force and the operation of all it's weapons systems. At the same time, riots, food shortages, and infrastructure collapse make us appear weak to nations like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea -- and even after all the warning signs that these nations are threats that shouldn't be ignored (as some ignore today), one day they attack us.
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The next day a second nuke was detonated. This one in Washington D.C. News aircraft caught shots of social chaos unfolding in the surrounding Maryland suburbs -- looting, robbery, violence etc. -- and as Bob watched, it was time for a drink. A good long drink.
But when the next bomb went off in Seattle the following day - closer to his part of the world and somewhat beyond the scope of where many military strategists figured terrorists might attack - the thought began to enter his mind.
You see, the newscasters told everyone something even worse. Gruesome, in fact. Outside of New York, Washington D.C, and even Seattle, smaller cities, towns, and suburbs had been attacked also (he could only guess that Boston's suburbs would be next). Murder and who knows what else was going on by people that had been waiting to attack those just outside the nuclear detonation zones (knowing that the military would be focused on the areas being hit with bombs).
According to reports, it wasn't just Arab terrorists that were doing the damage, either. South American paramilitary forces, Russian, North Korean and Chinese forces that had been smuggled into America in the weeks and months before the attack, and even apparently some cartel muscle that had supposedly helped get terrorists across the Mexican border, were all involved in the attacks.
And last, but not least, American Muslims who had been radicalized were now turning on the very nation that had given them citizenship. And there were quite a few of them in most U.S. cities, especially considering that Homeland Security once said in recent years over 80% of U.S. mosques had been "radicalized". Now we know exactly what that meant.
These weren't just nukes and terrorist attacks -- this was an invasion of the United States.
We have entered Montana. Resistance is futile.
The terrorists had done the unthinkable. No one would've guessed they'd come to Montana. No one.
And as Bob went out the door with as much as he could gather in only a few minutes, he knew one thing.
That he would make it.
Or, maybe somehow you're just lost in the Rockies with nothing to stay alive.
Well, that's where you're wrong. If you have your mind and the elements, then you have a way to survive.
Under most circumstances, the smaller one will have a sharp point after it's broken. Voila: A makeshift knife.
Grabbing a big and sturdy stick for a club wouldn't be a bad idea, either. After all, there are wolves, rattle snakes, and grizzly bears in the Rockies. Thus, you'd want your weapon to create distance between you and your adversary.
Of course, if your adversary is a Grizzly, you're pretty much cooked unless they lose interest.
First, unless you have tools with you - and that's not the case in this scenario - you're going to have to use the elements pretty much as is. Thus, you'll want to find a knocked down tree and several strong and long logs and sticks. Perhaps put them up against a tree and again, make them as thick as possible.
This will be the basis of your debris shelter. Next, find some moss (there should be plenty of it) and cover your shelter on all sides with it. The reason for this is simple: It will make your shelter near water and wind proof, which is hugely important (temperatures in the Rockies even in September can drop below freezing at night, and the last thing you want to do is get wet).
Last, find some more moss and pine needles for the ground in your shelter. Something most people don't realize is that the majority of heat people lose under such circumstances is through the ground, and the pine and moss will help protect against this.
In fact, while you're building your shelter, check under logs for insects to eat. Insects are a great source of protein, and you'll be sure to come across worms, ants, millipedes and centipedes, and other things below debris and in the dirt.
Keep in mind, centipedes bite -- pin it down with a stick and cut off it's head before you pick any up.
Also available for food are snakes (stay away from rattlers if you can). That said, if you do kill a rattler with your club (distance would be the key in that maneuver) make sure to cut off its venomous head and tail, peel off its skin, and take out the guts before eating.
Then, of course, there will be trout in any body of water you come across (remember that bears will also often be close to water, so proceed with caution). That said, with no fishing pole, etc., you'll need to catch fish the old fashioned way.
Also remember that this is extremely difficult.
That said, if you're planning to set up shop for a while in the mountains and can find a string and hook (remember that people have likely fished where you are before and they may have left things behind) that's optimal. Along those lines, don't be afraid to scavenge.
Oh yeah, and the stream will be glacially fed. Thus, it will be cold and a good source of water for you.
One other thing – keeping a long black net packed in your bag may come in handy. Simply stretching it across a shallow stream can catch you dinner in a hurry (make sure it's durable and can handle multiple use).
Finally, always remember to cook all of your meat when possible. Which, by the way, leads to the next point.
In other words, fire is a necessity.
The good thing is that there is plenty of dry pine and spruce for you to work with. Further, kindling will not be hard to come by.
One of the best things you can do to learn survival right at home is to practice making a bow drill, and then using it. The key to making a good bow drill is to understand that they can create a burning coal in minimal time, if your bow drill dimensions are exact.
There's a simple art to making a bow drill. It comes down to what kind of wood you're using, the thickness of the fire board, the length of the rod, where you cut your notch on the fire board, the tightness of the string, and if you've practiced using a bow to turn a rod to produce a coal well before hand.
With practice, comes coordination. Let me break it down for you:
2) Learn about bow drill woods to use. Grab the wrong wood and you'll have a hard time making a fire. But if you look around a few more minutes for the right wood to use in your region, you'll have just about all your bases covered.
3) Make your first bow drill from wood from a nearby hardware store or lumber yard. Go for wood such as cedar, found in several U.S. forests and a popular wood once used by Native Americans for fire making.
4) Next, practice constructing a bow drill, and then get your coordination down. The first few times don't try to make a fire. Simply try to get your form down, and ensure that you're building your fire drill according to proven to work fire board dimensions.
5) When you can make a burning coal at home with wood from the hardware store or lumber yard, take the next step of going to the nearby woods and start searching for the correct wood, and practice building your bow drill now from scratch -- just as you would do in a true survival situation.
6) Once you've got this down, you can count on a bow drill most likely coming through for you in a survival situation.
* In survival you can end up in an emergency with no string handy. Without string, you can't build a bow drill. You can attempt to make string or cordage out of natural materials, as Native Americans did at one time. However, building string out of natural materials (like cedar bark) is an art; unless you learn that art well before hand, instead you should start using extra long shoe laces on your shoes, or even military spec paracord guts (thin string used in paracord) as your shoelaces. Then, in a survival situation where you need to build a bow drill, you'll always have string handy for your bow. Problem solved.
Finally, if you have reason to believe that a bear is nearby, particularly a Grizzly, get out of there immediately if you can.
Rivers, especially larger low land rivers, can be teeming with fish. Fly fishing skills and appropriate gear can go a long way in that regard. So if you're going to spend some time in the Rockies, learn how to fly fish.
Not unless you have a cabin you have access to, and plenty of food stocked to last a few months, but you should still not be up there unless you know a thing or two about real hunting, have the firearms and ammunition, or at the least have a couple people who can hunt along side with you.
While you're fly fishing, they can hunt, and all of you keep an eye out for grizzlies.
Come here, Mr. Bear. Meet Mr. Winchester. Read about hunting grizzlies here and which bear rifles to choose from.
Life in the mountains may be possible in the late spring through early fall months, but most people with only minimal survival skills shouldn't try to tackle the winter months, when temperatures and snow can take your life, if you're not well prepared. You'll need snow shoes. A snowmobile and fuel can go a long way. At least until the fuel is gone.
If you ever have to flee to the mountains, for any reason, it would be smart to plan this with a few resourceful friends. Someone needs to know how to hunt and care for firearms. Someone needs to know how to fly fish. Someone needs to know how to trap and make fire.
All of you need to know how to deal with grizzly bears.