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Survival Myths That May Be Deadly

Survival Myths That May Be Deadly

Survival Myths That May Be Deadly

Outrun A Bear

WRONG! Not even a track superstar could outrun a bear, let alone on uneven terrain. Our experts say the proper way to react to a bear is dependent on the species of bear. If, for example, you meet up with a black bear, you should hold your ground and make yourself look big by opening your coat and raising your arms above your head. Vocally, shout and scream, and the bear, which is probably as scared as you, will take off.

With a grizzly bear on the other hand, you should avoid eye contact which a bear will perceive as a challenge. If the bear is not approaching, back away slowly. If the bear charges, stand your ground and be ready to use pepper spray if you have some on you. If the bear makes physical contact, your best bet for survival is to cover your vitals and play dead.

Punch An Attacking Shark In The Nose

Punch An Attacking Shark In The Nose

Actually, you have a much better chance of deterring an attack by going for the eyes or gills. While it is true that sharks can be stunned by a good punch to the nose, not many people are strong enough to accomplish it, particularly underwater.

Furthermore, trying to punch a shark in the nose can lead to major injury to your hand from the shark’s teeth. Experts say the best way to scare a shark away is to scratch at its eyes or gills, as trying to overpower an attacking shark is impossible.

Survival Precautions Are Only Necessary On Big Trips

The fact is, even a short hike can become a dire survival situation if the weather changes or you get lost or injured. It’s always recommended to take a few key items with you for any outdoor adventure such as snacks, water, a map, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. It is also recommended to let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
In An Emergency, You Can Always Be Airlifted To A Hospital

It’s a popular myth among hikers that in an emergency, helicopter rescue will be available. In fact, in parts of South America, air rescue is not an option. Furthermore, in certain areas and weather conditions, there are lots of areas where helicopters can’t reach you, even if they are available. The best advice is to not rely on air rescue, but rather be educated, properly prepared, and not alone if going on an outdoor adventure.

Build A Shelter With A Roof

Build A Shelter With A Roof
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Actually, according to our experts, it’s better to have a bed and no roof than a roof and no bed. An inexperienced person can easily spend 10 hours and lots of energy on building a roof only to end up freezing to death on the cold ground. The smarter tactic is to spend your time building a bed to insulate you from the ground and only get to a roof if you have time.

Primal Survival Skills Are Key In An Emergency

That’s the fantasy, you’re going to get lost in the woods or run out of gas on a desert road and be forced to become a caveman, building fire from sticks and hunting for food. Realistically, modern survival is as simple as taking actions to stay alive until you can get help or be rescued.

It is a lack of preparation and bad decision making that tends to put people in bad situations. Proper education, planning, and being prepared for weather and situation changes will keep you from ever being in a dire situation to begin with.

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3 comments

  1. Even if some of these are partially true, they are absolute last resorts in many cases. Many situations that seem like life or death to the inexperienced are not so in the eyes of experts…or the law. For instance:

    WATER FROM CACTUS: Bear in mind that Barrel Cacti are protected species, so you could face large fines for cutting them open: you would need pretty strong evidence of a life-or-death situation to present in court to get out of this

    HELICOPTER RESCUE: Even in places where these are possible, they are very expensive: tens of thousands of dollars at minimum. Rescue workers are more likely to patch you up, re-hydrate you, or guide you so you can get out by other means.

  2. There is some good advice here. A picture of the referenced ‘Fishhook Cactus’ would have been nice..Is it protected, too?

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