Anyone could find themselves in an emergency situation and even the most basic survival knowledge could mean the difference between life and death. A basic understanding of survival techniques should enable anyone to travel through the wilderness with an increased level of confidence and enjoyment Be Prepared The best time to practice any wilderness survival skills – start a fire, shelter building or whatever – is before you need them. Take some time to read all the information .You will learn how to take care of yourself and others when traveling in the wilderness, and I’m sure that your next excursion will provide you with a greater level of enjoyment due to your newfound knowledge.
Where and how to find water
When you don’t have a beautiful clean lake or river to get your water from, where do you find water?
The solar still only takes about an hour to build. If constructed correctly, it can yield about a litre (quart) of water a day.
A baggy, careful do not make any tears in it, tied on a sunny tree branch. With one side of bag hanging lower, to catch the water from the leaves that is made by the sun. Makes a great drink of fresh water!
Catching rain water off your clean tent is another way. Wait until after first start of rain, as it washes sky, before collecting.
I was able to find under ground running water with a small forked willow branch. The magnetic field pull, would rip the small branch out of my hands as it twisted down pointing to water…...Ann
Note: I forgot about the number of steps you count off from first pull to when it points straight down. It tells you how many inches or feet the water is below the surface.
Eagle Scout’s Tips
Listen for running water
Boil the running water you find.
A Note in boiling water: Use only the top clear water after cooling. That is for real bad water!