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Guide to Survival in the Rainforest
Transcript of Guide to Survival in the Rainforest
You wake up to realize you have crashed on an island. All around you there is lush rainforest. What do you do first? What will you eat? Where will you sleep? Fret not; here's a survival guide that might make your first few days a lot easier. I'll show you what you can and can't eat, what you can build, and how you can make sure you eventually thrive in the wild-- until someone comes to find you, of course.
So you get up, and look around you. The first thing you think of is how thirsty you are. You see a river in the distance, but the water's not clean. Here's a simple way to purify your water: Take a plastic bottle (you should be able to find one lying around), and cut it in half. Put the top half in the bottom half, with a coffee filter or clean thin leaf attached to the nozzle. Fill it with fine sand, course sand and pebbles accordingly, then pour water into it and it should come out clean!
Your thirst is quenched, and night will fall soon. You realize the dangers that might come in the dark. You need a shelter, somewhere safe to sleep. You can build a simple lean-to shelter: Find a thick, sturdy tree, and lean a strong branch on it. Lean smaller (but no less sturdy) branches onto that one, then cover it with a weaving of foliage. You should find your knife handy in cutting down the branches and foliage.
You wake up. Congrats, you survived the first day! But then you realize you haven't eaten anything in a long time. There are so many plants around you, but some must be poisonous. Here are some things that aren't:
Allspice- berries shaped like peppercorns on an evergreen tree
Bananas- fruits that grow on trees
Cashews- small, dust coloured nuts
Cloves- flower buds on tropical evergreens
Palm hearts- the inner, soft bark of a palm tree; cut out with knife and cook
Oh no! You fell while gathering food, and there's a nasty cut on your arm. You have no bandages or ointment, so what do you do? Here's a few healing herbs that might just save your life:
Catuaba- eases anxiety; white flowers, green leaves, red stem
Stevia- regulates blood sugar; green, mint-like leaves
Pau d'arco- prevents disease; pink flowered trees
Camu camu- brightens mood; red & green grape-size berries
Nasturtium- antibiotic; red/yellow flowers and green cup-like leaves
Introduction to the Wild
You have been here four days now, sustaining your hunger and thirst, but you're getting bored of eating the same thing. You decide it's time to start eating something other than plants. Here's a few traps that might assist you in hunting:
Grave's Bait Stick Snare- simple trigger trap
Deadfall Trap- trigger trap used to crush prey
Peg Snare- prey/movement triggered snare
Drowning Snare- trap to preserve and protect trapped prey underwater
You Did It!
After your cut feels better, night falls, but it is distinctly colder than yesterday. You realize you have no source of heat or light. Here is how to build a basic fire:
1. Find a dry, dead log, and use you knife to separate it into the dry, soft center and outer logs. Find dry leaves and small twigs to form your tinder.
2. Assemble the fire with tinder, kindling and logs accordingly.
3. Light the tinder by sparking your knife off of a rock or piece of metal.
4. Continue to add logs if needed.
After 5 days of surviving in the wild, you finally find yourself seeing visions of thriving in the future. If you followed the guide correctly, you're in decent condition, and could be able to survive for however long you need to be. You think differently about living out in the wilderness; it's not as bad as they say.
Taking your new found survival skills, you're ready to face whatever else the world has in store for you. GG :)