Feb 16 2014

Overcoming the Dangers of the Wild

Overcoming the Dangers of the American Wilderness missing hikers sign


Starting when humans first roamed the land the wilderness has provided for humanity and still does today.

Anyone with ‘Advanced Bushcraft & Survival Skills’ could conceivably “live of the land” for the rest of their life. Providing they could find a secluded enough area.

Those that attempt to change the way nature operates find that survival is difficult. Nature cares not who you are and if you cannot adapt and do not have certain skill sets and knowledge you will fail as did many before you.

For many people, getting close to nature is healthy and calms the nerves because after all, humans either directly or indirectly receive food from the land along with clothing and many other life essentials.

The trees and plants provide us with oxygen, while grasses and soil help filter drinking water. It is natural if not instinctive to want to be close to nature and there is no better way in many people’s mind than getting out into the wilderness.

Wilderness Dangers

In centuries past it was survival of the fittest until humans learned how to fashion weapons, construct better shelters and raise their own food. Soon it became survival of the smartest because the human mind could reason and predict an outcome based on experiences in the past.

However, the wilderness is still a dangerous place because many humans have lost their instinctive reactions because they have never experienced certain situations and thus do not have an answer.

Surviving is a learned experience contrary to what some may think.

  • You do not instinctively know how to start a fire you only know you need one.
  • You do not have a natural ability to purify water but you had better know how or you could die.
  • These things must be taught, we are not born with everything we need to know to survive.
  • There has to be a training period to learn the skills needed to survive.
  • The will or instinct to survive is not enough for survival in the wilderness.



Humans are apex predators because they have weapons and technology and can wipe out hundreds of other predators with their technology, without endangering themselves but become stranded or lost in the wild and the tide is turned.

Without weapons and advanced technology however, humans are easy prey for many predators out there to include insects, snakes, other reptiles and carnivores of all shapes and sizes.

Because humans think, they have all the answers they believe they can venture out into the wilds with just their ability to think along with a few gadgets and nature will bend to their will.

Training and Preparedness

Nature will test you, one day it may see if you know how to stay dry during a downpour. The next day it may see if you can survive below freezing temperature.

You may be forced to extract water from places you never thought possible because water sources in nature are not like convenience stores where there is one around every corner. Food is not ordered at drive-thru windows and restaurants do not exist in the wild.

You are the one that procures, cleans and cooks whatever food you can find, and if you do not have any of the skills need to do all this, you starve.

Venture out without certain skills and you may never come back.

How do you get the skills? First, you have to gain knowledge and then apply what you have learned in a controlled environment where mistakes are not deadly and you can learn and advance.

You take things one-step at a time and then you adapt to nature and learn what it will provide willingly to those that are paying attention and are willing to learn what nature is all about.