SURVIVAL’S NITTY GRITTY!
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