Could You Survive?

@lynnemg (4539)
United States
January 17, 2009 10:40pm CST
Okay, be honest here, if you were strnded in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on your back, could you survive? Do you feel that you have enough survival skills to make it without help? I know that it would be difficult, but I have enough survival skills to know that I could do it. I have lived in some pretty crappy conditions in which I basically had to survive and raise my two boys on nothing. We lived in a building that was no more than a shelter with no running water inside, nor electricity or heat, but I used what I knew, and learned more along the way to survive.
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19 responses
• United States
18 Jan 09
It would so totally depend on the conditions. In a desert I would not survive. But in a forest type environment I probably could. Well, not really now as I am limited with mobility but in my younger days. I know how to make a fairly safe camp, some of what wild plants are edible, even some stratagies for capturing wild critters to eat. I know how to build a fire and keep it going.
• United States
18 Jan 09
I couldn't survive--especially if I were cold/hot/some extreme temperature. If I had someone with me who knew a little bit more about survival than me, I guess it's always an option.
@ErickJ (186)
• United States
19 Jan 10
yeah i believe i can survive in the wilderness without gear. I am a survivalist myself, someone needs to modivate his or herself, and trust, have confidence and have faith that the individual can make it through anything. they should look at all the things they have overcome. And plus, their survival instincts will start to kick in sooner or later.
@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I usually carry a knife and a multitool in my pocket. These items, combined with some skills I learned while a Boy Scout, would prove very helpful in a situation like this. I think I could survive for a while, especially if I could manage to scavenge a few things from the land as I went.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I'll be honest. I don't think I have the skills to survive. I wouldn't know what plants are safe and unsafe. I wouldn't know how to figure out which water is safe and unsafe. I'm pretty sure I could figure out how to find shelter. But that's about it. I would love to take some classes to learn survival skills. I think these skills are important for anyone to have. You never know when you will need them.
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I have no doubt I could survive if I was stranded in the wilderness. I have learned plenty through my training as a wildland firefighter. And I have spent half of my life hunting, fishing, etc. So I have no doubt I could survive. Sounds like you have had plenty of experience along the way too.
@Ithink (10673)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I do feel I have enough survival skills to live in the wilderness. I know how to start fires from 2 sticks, I know how to make shelter out of different things. Of course Id rather do this with my hubby.. lol I know how to fish and things like that. I read books on survival and watch shows all the time, plus I'm a total country girl and I am very resourceful. I have to say thou in Alaska and such I think it would be much harder to find food.
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Well Iv been through some serious rough patches in my life, but honestly I'm not sure if I would be able to deal with being stranded in the wilderness but I think I would have a strong chance of survival if I were in a situation like that, because I'm not a lazy person, and in the past when I had to deal with some really rough situations I pulled through them, I know that those situations may not compare to being stranded in the wilderness, but my point is I'm tough and creative and those are important traits to have when you have to think outside the box and survive, because being creative can help me think of ways to make shelter, and I know how to work with my hands, and I dont mind getting them dirty and like I said I'm not lazy especially when it comes to survival, I think the most difficult part of being stranded in the wilderness for me, would be finding food and safe drinkable water.
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
18 Jan 09
It would depend where I was stranded. If it was a tropical island I think I could learn to survive, Build a hut and make thatch for a roof from palm fronds. I could also make a crochet hook and knitting needles and knit clothing and other items such as fishing nets from the fibres of some plants. I could wrap food in banana leaves and cook it if I would be able to make a fire by rubbing stones together or set up a shiny object so the sun would heat it up to the point where dry leaves caught fire. I could then build a small fire pit and not let it die out. I could stand in the lagoon and catch small fish and crabs with my knotted or knitted nets. I guess I could survive for some time until I was rescued. If I was stranded in the Canadian wilderness I would most certainly perish if not rescued soon. Even in the summer the nights get chilly sometimes or the insects such as mosquitos and black flies would drive me insane. There is very little edible food. There are bullrushes, the roots are edible, some other plants and some berries, but they would not provide enough calories to keep up strenght. I would take too long to figure out how to make snares to catch rabbits and squirrels to use their pelts for clothing and shelter and eat their meat. I don't know if I would be able to rub sticks together to make a fire. So likely I would die of hypothermia. I could not catch and kill a bear, a moose or a deer for food and clothing and without tools I could not build a proper shelter with a roof. If I had no strenght either I could not dig a hovel into the earth to survive the weather. So no, I would not survive very long.
@CRIVAS (1820)
• Canada
18 Jan 09
I don't think that I could survive. I love camping and being outdoors but unless I have a lighter to start a fire with, I would be toast. I have has some pretty basic camping trips but none where I didn't have a shelter, food and clothing to keep me warm. I don't think I know many people who would be able to survive on their own except for maybe my husband.
• United States
18 Jan 09
I feel that if it was just myself,then yes i could survive for about a week. I grew up in Girl Scouts, back when they actually taught you things. I learned how to survive and what things in the environment you could use. If I had my kids, that would be a little different, because they are all young.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
18 Jan 09
Honestly, I don't think i can survive in the wilderness.. even if supplies would be provided, i still don't think i can live a life of my own.. it would be very difficult for me to adapt to that kind of environment as i'm used to city life...
@hanson67 (35)
• United States
18 Jan 09
actually i can, because it has happened to me when i was 14 years old. my 4 best friends and 1 of their older brothers went camping out in the middle of the forrest ( have no idea where i am ). after 3 days their everyone packed up and left and suprisingly left me without noticing ( i was getting my fishing pole by the lake ). when i came back to our site everyone was gone and i started to freak out and then i thought i should follow the tire tracks. I did for about 20 hours until i made it to a town outside the forrest. I used a phone and called my friends brother and he said he was sorry and he did go back to find me. and eventually he picked me up and he took me home. it wasnt really in any bad condition except for the heat. i thought it was pretty bad.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
18 Jan 09
I believe I could survive, yes. This was something I used to be very interested in many years ago and I used to read many books on trapping, sourcing water, first aid, finding food and things like that. I also used to practice many of the things I read about as well. It certainly wouldn't be an easy situation to be in, but I am confident that I could hold my own for at least a while!
• Egypt
18 Jan 09
I've lived comfortably my entire Life. but I honestly like to think that in time of need I'll be able to take care of myself
• Philippines
18 Jan 09
could i survive?Perhaps its a matter of how you deal your life to its fullest....survival nowadays is really an issue,we knew that the world is at the middle of financial CRISIS. One should really consider life's' simplicity in order to pursue life..
@jamesgrub (673)
• United States
18 Jan 09
that's hard to say for me, it would all depend on the conditions. i think if i was just stranded in the middle or a forest with no one looking for me, i wouldn't survive. i would definitely try from what i know but in the end i don't think i would survive that long if you really had nothing. it all depends on the situation and exactly where i was if i could survive or not.
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Hello lynnemg! I don't think I will survive. But I think human has an instinct to survive so maybe I can. Isn't it confusing? Well, I can't really say unless I am there. I hope not.
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
18 Jan 09
Absolutely not. There is no way I could survive in any kind of wilderness type situation on my own. Even if I had some supplies to make things easier. I don't even like camping where we have a tent and a grill and food to cook. To try and figure out how to find something to eat, possibly have to kill it, then rig something up to cook it. Needless to say, the idea of going on the show Survivor would never even enter into my mind.
• Australia
18 Jan 09
I don't think i'll be able to survive for long, even if i tried because i don't have the skills to help me. I've lived a comfortable life so far and if i were to suddenly be made to defend myself, i would not be able to do so. Although desperate circumstances make you think hard about what you can do for yourself and you'll have to do it. So who knows.