Sunday, March 5, 2017
Are your teeth fixed?
Are you at your target weight?
Do you exercise multiple times every week, hot/cold/rain/shine?
Can you run 2-3 miles in less than half an hour, without calling 911?
Do you do it regularly?
Do you have a real Go Bag at home?
In your car?
Can you purify suspect water to potability at least four ways, none of them using fire or electricity?
How many of them have you actually done?
Have you planted a vegetable garden?
What about in a greenhouse, or using raised-bed coldframes?
Can you can surplus produce?
And what about canning cooked meats?
Have you sealed up buckets of dry staples, like uncracked wheat, rice, beans, pasta, salt, sugar, etc.?
Have you ever built an ad hoc shelter in the wilderness that'd get you through an entire winter where you live, warm and dry?
Can you navigate successfully cross-country (no roads) with nothing but a USGS topo or equivalent, and a hand compass?
Can you make a cache for supplies?
Find it a year later?
Proved it by doing same in the last year?
Do you have both an IFAK blow-out kit, and a serious home first aid kit?
Can you clean and dress a serious wound?
Splint a broken limb or joint sufficient to allow travel/transport?
Can you hit a man-sized target with a pistol from 10-100' away?
Can you battle zero a rifle?
Can you take your weapons apart, and put them back together?
Do you have spare parts for replacing the ones most lost/broken?
How far is the longest distance have you hiked in the past year?
Can you move with a full pack 10 miles over rough terrain in a day?
Did you do it in the last year?
Do you have the boots for that broken in?
Can you communicate with radios that far right now?
Can you pick up broadcasts on SW?
Can you predict the weather where you live from the almanacs on your shelf, your own weather station, and personal knowledge?
What about the tides, phases of the moon, sunrise/sunset?
Can you make what you need to live in the wilds with a knife/hatchet/machete/multitool/paracord?
How many things have you made that way?
Do you know what you're prepared for, what you aren't, and are working to amend those deficiencies?
If the answer to any of those things is no, or I don't know...