11 Survival Basics That Are Harder Than They Look

You call these basic? Surviving in the wild is more difficult than you’d expect, particularly as illustrated by the hardy outdoorsmen on Mountain Men.

1. “I’ll just start this fire with a bow drill! Shouldn’t take too long.”

Dan Lockton / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / flickr.com/danlockton/7970968774

2. “I shall simply craft a custom lure to catch my dinner.”

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources / CC BY ND http://2.0 / flickr.com/widnr/6544914763
versageek / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/versageek/4658813078

3. “My goodness! I caught a fish instead of a finger! Now, to clean it!”

Jason Ippolito / CC BY http://2.0/ / flickr.com/jasonippolito/4666367673/in/photolist-e8haF-hF55v-87mmx4-arprgn-6xMnpp-9ADrzG-9UEkwX-fv6iA7-5Pod9M-a5bUb7-5Aic5j-8z4mXf-2ZEcxD-68ymLY-aCXXRz-ars5P9-9RAdNH-9iYoLQ-4zDhy7-afhxgJ-atSkf9-5AxQs

4. “Tonight, I will track down dinner!”

vastateparksstaff / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/vastateparksstaff/5375555156/in/photolist-7oMVtk-9Wq1Nc-9brFPS-nbsgFU-aSSno8-4sVRYo-9c28gs-9c288s-9c284Y-6KnSg-nqc9f-4oGQ8t-9opXyp-hQ8D2P-6nq71f-6nkYHX-6nq7e3-6nq7Gf-6nq7sq-6nkYfR-6nq7zU

5. “Ha ha! I have successfully hunted down an animal! Now, I’ll divide it and store it for winter.”

Susan Drury / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/yukonlife/10048032605/in/photolist-5Ckbb8-5jvS3m-5kTv5U-gkWHZT-ekW1FK-5BnehH-em2Ps1-em2Q1h-em2QiA-ekW35r-em2Ne9-giUN2t-gkWX87-muTY9-8PyU2-gkW7vN-7SL2eV-gkVyD3-5zm7dT-5m3orW-gqDfPs-gkVzyQ-6GEQx

6. “Oh no! Surprise downpour, I have no choice but to quickly assemble a makeshift lean-to.”

Mike Petrucci / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/scrappapervlog/3437767679/in/photolist-6eMsyx-6eMroR-6eRApq-b4YKZz-hsGn5L-5crQUJ-5cnxfB-5crKLo-bZaT3-7FQnAF-6eRiyy-7FQnyB-6eMqPi-6eRoDu-6eRnWd-6eRntf-6eMbkF-6eMasc-6eRjoq-6eM9DR-6eM8TD-a2

7. “No reason not to chop myself some firewood.”

Andrew_Writer / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/dragontomato/3049315319

8. “I am a master of navigation. I will journey using only the stars and my compass as my guide.”

Alexis Birkill / Moment / Getty Images

9. “Tonight, stars will be my night-light, and this camp bed will be a break from mattress monotony.”

T hino / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/gyouza_umai/7948728664/in/photostream/
Company Pictures / Storm Dog Films / keeichkun.tumblr.com/83623775301

10. “Winter hiking? What a delightful new challenge.”

advencap / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / flickr.com/14657061@N00/7063263479/in/photostream/

11. “I will reduce my footprint and use natural repellents available around me.”

Arran ET / CC BY http://2.0 / flickr.com/arran_edmonstone_photography/4998104344/in/photolist-8BEAhQ-8BEBfS-8BEAyj-fbPem3-FZao5-d6tchS-8UNVMN-8Wsswa-cNL8R5-cNL8Wm-bZPSAo-bVSuhU-bZPSu5-onJHg-6qyb8v-9HmsEC-6PSqDE-anNQZ4-mtkxnx-56ew5t-8S4K

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