SUR­VIVAL’S NITTY GRITTY!

American Survival Guide - - CONTENTS - By Michael D’angona

Part 3 of our ex­clu­sive three-part in­ter­view with Creek Ste­wart

Creek Ste­wart is a highly re­spected, well-known sur­vival in­struc­tor, author, tele­vi­sion host and gear de­signer. Since child­hood, he’s spent thou­sands of hours in the out­doors en­joy­ing and learn­ing about Mother ature's sur­vival se­crets and bring­ing them to thers. If you have ques­tions about sur­vival when mes are tough, he’s loaded with an­swers.

In our first in­stall­ment, Creek shared what got im hooked on sur­vival skills and some lessons e learned from mis­takes he made along the ay. The sec­ond part of his in­ter­view cov­ered is thoughts on ur­ban ver­sus ru­ral sur­vival, s well as his ad­vice about some crit­i­cal kit ou should al­ways have handy. If you missed hem, you can get copies of the Oc­to­ber and ecem­ber is­sues of Amer­i­can Sur­vival Guide at https://en­gaged­me­dia­mags.com/out­door/ agazine-spe­cials/amer­i­can-sur­vival-guide.

HE SUR­VIVAL WORLD IS ERIOUS BUSI­NESS

Be­ing un­pre­pared can lead to dis­as­trous esults for you and your fam­ily dur­ing an un­ex­pected nat­u­ral or man-made dis­as­ter. Learn­ing fe-sav­ing skills, plan­ning your evac­u­a­tion nd hav­ing a plan for the fu­ture are all crit­i­cal bjec­tives ev­ery­one should pur­sue.

How­ever, all is not just doom and gloom. elieve it or not, there is a lighter side to this hard­core, down-and-dirty in­dus­try … and hat’s ex­actly what will be ex­plored now with he help of sur­vival ex­pert and over­all good port Creek Ste­wart.

In the fi­nal part of Creek’s three-part in­ter­view eries, the world-renowned sur­vival ex­pert will an­swer all those odd and unique ques­tions hat have lin­gered in the minds of arm­chair out­doors­men and out­door­swomen every­where. Al­ways keep in mind that no mat­ter how in sigi­f­i­cant or how triv­ial some in­for­ma­tion might ap­pear, when a life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion comes our way, knowl­edge is, with­out a doubt, power.

Amer­i­can Sur­vival Guide: It’s true a peron can go weeks with­out food, but in real­ity, per­son gets an­gry to down­right nasty af­ter unger sets in, even on the first day. Have ou ex­pe­ri­enced this your­self, or have you een the un­lucky re­cip­i­ent of a per­son’s lack-of-food rage?

Creek Ste­wart: “Han­gry” is my mid­dle name!

ASG: Speak­ing of food, sur­vival­ists are seen at­ing, and some­times en­joy­ing, in­sects, rats and other crea­tures nor­mally thought of as pests rather than food. Do these ac­tu­ally taste good, or are they hold­ing it down with willpower and a pseudo-smile?

CS: I can only speak for my­self, but most of the pesky crit­ters I’ve eaten in the wild, es­pe­cially with­out sea­son­ing, are pretty “ga­ga­li­cious.” This is es­pe­cially true for in­sects, in­clud­ing spi­ders, worms, wood lice and scor­pi­ons. The ex­cep­tions are bee­tle lar­vae and crick­ets. While they’re not my pre­ferred “movie snack,” they at least don’t trig­ger an im­me­di­ate gag re­flex. Snakes, frogs, rats, mice, moles and many other small-game meats are rather good. I know it sounds cliché, but they re­ally do taste like chicken!

Most of the time, the men­tal hur­dle of eat­ing crit­ters in the wild is worse than the ac­tual eat­ing part. Like my Grandpa used to say, “You con­quer the stom­ach by first con­quer­ing the brain.”

ASG: You could prob­a­bly make fire a half-dozen ways when you are deep in the wilder­ness. But wouldn’t it just be faster and eas­ier to al­ways carry a dis­pos­able lighter or two?

CS: I’m a sur­vival in­struc­tor. I’d never be caught dead with such a dev­il­ish de­vice!

What would the pub­lic think of me?! (I’m kid­ding, of course.)

How about four? One in ev­ery pocket?

Fire is the de­fin­i­tive sur­vival skill. It’s the one sur­vival skill that of­ten­times bridges the gap be­tween life and death in a sud­den and un­ex­pected sur­vival sce­nario. In fact,

I’ve been known to say that I teach prim­i­tive sur­vival fire-start­ing skills so my stu­dents fully un­der­stand that they don’t want to ever put them­selves in a po­si­tion where they have to use them to stay alive!

Bot­tom line: Carry a lighter—or four! If you’re se­ri­ous about learn­ing how to start a fire in a sur­vival sit­u­a­tion, con­sider en­rolling in the most ex­ten­sive fire train­ing I’ve ever taught, the “Art of Fire,” at http://www.creek­stew­art.com/artof­fire.

ASG: Drink­ing un­pu­ri­fied water—when is it worth the risk, and when isn’t it?

CS: First, there are a lot of dif­fer­ent types of “un­pu­ri­fied” water. These range from the water drain­ing down the Los An­ge­les River to the water run­ning from the snow­capped moun­tains in Mon­tana—and ev­ery

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