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Monday, 29 September 2014

The Post After The Weekend Before!



I am alive.

I am writing this covered in bruises and still finding bits of mud in my hair.

This is most certainly not a usual situation that I find myself so let me explain how I ended up black and blue, covered in dirt like some kind of feral animal but all the better for the experience.

First we need to remember what happened in February when the storms hit and the power went out and I promised myself I would build a kit to keep me going in the event of an emergency.

For the six or so months since the power went out, I have been researching the internet, reading books and watching survival shows in order to build up a reservoir of knowledge.

But theory is only part of the process and practice makes perfect as they.

With that in mind I set about buying the sort of things I "may" need in the event of the electricity disappearing.

Here is a picture of Some of the things that I thought would come in useful.

This bag contained:
  • zippo lighter
  • ferro rod and striker
  • waterproof matches
  • fresel lens (magnifying glass to you and me)
  • parachord
  • compass
  • sealed box containing food rations.
  • zippo bags
  • multi tools + torch on a keyring
  • mora knife and knife sharpener
  • tea lights
  • cutlery set
  • small stove and fire lighters
  • mess tins
  • thermal cup
  • water purification kit
  • folding shovel
  • pillow (not used)
  • emergency blankets (not used)
  • first aid kit (used...lots!)
  • sewing kit
  • various books (S.A.S. guide, knots, edible plants)
  • deck of cards
  • notebook
  • Solar panels
  • water bottle
  • change of clothes
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping mat
  • and a bag to put them all in!
Not pictured are: portable battery, shemagh, more cordage and a tarp.

In total the bag weighed 9 pounds and was easy enough to carry.

That bag, along with myself and Darren (off the sinkingship) took ourselves away into the wilderness of the Shropshire hills and spent the day on a survival course which is run by a group trained by Bear Grylls himself!

We did lots of things and learnt an awful lot including the following:

  • You can eat nettles without them stinging your tongue.
  • how to start an upside down fire.
  • How to find various points of the compass without the use of a compass.
  • Crossing a ravine by dragging yourself across a rope may cause bruising and nipple burn if not done correctly... (yes, that WAS me!)
  • AND... How to skin and cook a rabbit (although we didn't kill the bunny, That was done by a farmer for us).
An upside down fire!

We also made our own shelter and spent the evening camping out in the woods.

All in all it was tons of fun and well worth the experience.

Now, I know what you are thinking: "Oh no, he's one of those oddball preppers!"

Well, you are only half right. 

I'm not a prepper.

Or at least I don't consider myself a prepper - in the way some people think about preppers.

I am not the sort of person who thinks about the end of the world, or Nuclear apocalypses or anything like that ( and to honest most preppers are not like that either), but if/when the electric goes off again I know that I am ready for action and there will no panic or fuss.

Plus, roasted Rabbit is quite nice when you have skinned it, pulled it's guts out then twisted it's head off and stuff on a stick over a hot fire.

Blurry picture of a rabbit being skinned.

Anyway. Confidence has been instilled, lessons learnt, and new hobbies fully established.

It is amazing how little we remember about how we used to live. It was not that long ago that people HAD to live this way or perish. 

I think it is important to know at least a little bit about surviving and at the very least I can freak people out by eating nettles straight off the plant.


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you should have seen the other guy!


  1. Well I'm impressed Mr H very impressed, I feel you should have made more of the pointy stick this would have been a great opportunity to get Bears Grylls to endorse the 11 in 1 pointy stick. Did you sing songs round the campfire and go Zombie hunting I know I would had I been there to cheer you on. As a chap living in Shropshire I could have brought you cake and hot chocolate. It may also explain what our neighbour was shooting at yesterday, folk in these parts dont like strangers turning up eating all their rabbits and prowling about at night giggling. I notice you dont have Kendal Mint Cake I thought it was mandatory in the wild.

    I bet you did all that looking at which side of the tree the moss grows on and tickling trout and I hope you have a picture of your shelter I used to build them a lot back in the day.

    Interestingly we are off for a long weekend soon to battle the elements staying at the George Hotel in Llandudno where I will celebrate your efforts with some champagne and Grilled Bear. . . Only kidding I dont drink alcohol......

    Well Done Mr H I'm proud of you. . . . but think you're mad.

    1. My pointy stick is TOO good to waste on nature (hahhaa). I did miss out the part where we went of a 3 mile hike in the dark and Darren got stuck in the mud and I found an i-phone somebody had dropped!!1
      There was a lot to take in but it was well worth it.

      Our shelter wasn't as grand as we planned it to be.
      Plus my phone died and although I took the portable battery I did leave the connector at home which is just my sort trick to pull! (what a plonker)

      Be careful roughing it in a hotel Rob, make sure you take a fluffy pillow! hahahahahahaha

  2. And what part does a pack of Hamlet, play in your survival?
    Well done Mr H.
    I did something similar in my youth, (so about a year ago) before boobs and stuff got in the way of climbing, scaling and trekking. (okay, so maybe not a year ago) Won't tell you about the time I woke up in a field with a sheep, though we do still facebook each other.

    1. Oh those things! They were for after a successful evening...... We were to knackered to have them in the end. Instead we had marshmellows toasted over the fire, which was nice.

      We had a badger enter our shelter in the night. I missed it, but Darren fought it off with his socks. He is my hero. hahahahaha


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