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Wilderness survival can seem intimidating if you're unprepared, but hey, that's why we're here – to help you out! With the right techniques and resources, you can stay safe and even have some fun while exploring nature. In this article, we'll cover some staple wilderness survival methods as well as recommend essential resources for your next outdoor adventure.

So, let's dive right into it!

First things first – three S's to live by: shelter, sustenance, and signalling!

A well-conceived shelter is your first line of defence against unfavourable weather conditions. Your primary goal is to maintain insulation from cold ground, rain, or even strong sunlight – so be resourceful and use your surroundings. Materials like tree branches, leaves and mud can be your new best friends.

Next up is sustenance. Believe it or not, the wild can provide more than enough for us to eat when necessary. Look for edible plants and fruits, but don't assume that a colourful fruit is safe to eat (it could be poisonous!). When in doubt, take a cue from local animals like birds or squirrels.

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A basic wilderness guidebook like “SAS Survival Handbook” by John ‘Lofty' Wiseman (https://amzn.to/3FNIpdm) can be an invaluable resource when identifying edible plant life.

Signalling for help should never be underestimated. Reflective mirrors, bright-coloured clothing, smoke signals or a good ol' whistle each have their own unique advantages when trying to get noticed – so pick a method that suits your situation.

In terms of essential resources and information, authority websites like the American Hiking Society (https://www.americanhiking.org/survival-skills/) and The National Outdoor Leadership School (https://www.nols.edu/) are definitely worth visiting.

One last resource to consider is your smartphone! Apps like SAS Survival Guide (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sas-survival-guide/id439415913?mt=8) can provide vital information at your fingertips.

In summary, the primary methods for wilderness survival include securing a reliable shelter, finding food and water sources, and signalling for help when necessary. Don't forget to explore helpful resources such as expert books, authority websites, and survival apps before venturing out into the great outdoors!

Until Next Time

Dominus Owen Markham

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