Over the last 6 months, I have been more active in my hobbies. I enjoy the outdoors and find every opportunity to get out. I camp, fly fish and Kayak as often as I can. Lately I have discovered a real passion. Solo kayak camping. I now find myself planning a Solo kayak camping trip regularly. I manage to get out about 2 weekends a month. This typically involves finding a lake or river that allows “boat in camping”. I then begin planning the trip. Checking regulations, restrictions and getting as much information on the location as I can find. Then there is dates and timing, lists are made for what I need for food, water and anything else I normally would take camping with me.
Using a kayak as your mode of transport severely limits your resources you can take with you. Especially so for me. I have a Hobie Outback kayak. The outback is a sit on top designed specifically with fishing in mind. I bought the Outback for the stability and the Mirage Drive, Which allows me to keep moving, hands free to fly fish. Storage of camping necessities is limited, so I have to plan carefully.
While researching (read, casually surfing the web for entertainment) and I came across a website dedicated to surviving in the wilderness. This got me thinking of how I would cope with a survival situation on a solo trip. It was not a comforting thought. I discovered how little prepared I am for something going wrong on one of my trips. Moving forward with these thoughts, I discovered how unprepared I am for any emergency. Whether it be outdoors, at work or at home. After some research, I came to the conclusion I need to increase my knowledge and ability to survive a bad situation.
My website The Novice Survivalist is my way to finding out “The how to survive” in an Urban or Outdoor emergency scenario. Trust me when I say “I have to keep it simple”. I am truly a novice survivalist. With that in mind, I hope to fix that problem.
Simply put. I need to increase my general knowledge on survival.
I will be logging my journey through this new adventure. And ill be doing it on The Novice Survivalist website.
Join me as I journey through the basics of survival. I welcome comments and suggestions from all comers , whether novice or master survivalist. Hopefully you can help me and other beginners, become better prepared survivalists.
Where possible I will actually try out resource suggestions and even video my attempts (dirt time). If anything it should be “entertaining”. And hopefully help me and you the reader become prepared in a survival scenario. Of course I will also post camping trip videos, showing the new found skills I have gained.
Feel free to Sign up and get posts when I learn a new skill or post a video.
Next up, finding out what are the most important, minimal survival skills I should know and tools needed in order to use that knowledge.