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A Survivalist Taught Me Everything I Need To Live Off The Grid

Because it's not really an adventure unless things go wrong, amirite?

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Watch as one man tries to achieve the impossible!

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This is Miles, and he loves nature. In fact, ever since he was a little kid, he's dreamed of someday living off the grid and leading a simpler kind of life.

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Which is why he decided to ask Dan Baird, founder and head instructor of California Survival School, to teach him a few essential things about how to survive in the wild.

Dan is a backcountry guide, a wilderness survival expert, and an all-around badass.
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Dan is a backcountry guide, a wilderness survival expert, and an all-around badass.

When you think of nature, you should think of one word, according to Dan: PLAN. It's actually a pretty useful acronym.

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Now in order to do this, Dan taught Miles the following things that would ensure his wilderness survival.

If you tackle things in this particular order, chances are you'll make it out alive.
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If you tackle things in this particular order, chances are you'll make it out alive.

Then it was time to get down to business. First on the itinerary was learning First Aid! Dan was ready to roll with a real-life scenario situation.

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In the event of a serious injury that draws blood, the most important thing is to apply direct pressure and find something to block the wound like a t-shirt, sock or gauze. It was a bloody mess, but Miles got the job done!

Then it was time to gather some materials to make some sort of shelter that would protect you from either getting too hot or too cold.

The adventurous duo got some thick sticks and lots of hay to make a nifty little hut that Miles said felt like going into a scarecrow's butthole. LOL
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The adventurous duo got some thick sticks and lots of hay to make a nifty little hut that Miles said felt like going into a scarecrow's butthole. LOL

Last but not least they sparked a nice fire. The dudes opted to start it with a flare stick because (as you'll see) it's hella easy to spark, even if you drop that sucker in water!

Dan also reminded us fire is one of the best tools you can have. It keeps us warm, it provides light, it cleans and it cooks. Basically, fire is the shit.
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Dan also reminded us fire is one of the best tools you can have. It keeps us warm, it provides light, it cleans and it cooks. Basically, fire is the shit.

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At the end of the day, the outdoors are meant for enjoying and having a good time, you just wanna be prepared for all those "what ifs."

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So main things to remember when out enjoying the great outdoors is to PLAN, man!

#1 Pack what you need

#2 Learn what you should know

#3 Alert the right people

#4 Never skip steps

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