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A Nation Losing its Skills
When it comes to survival, most people in the United States are not well trained for flourishing in the wilderness or even in an urban environment. Do you have a plan for if things go bad? What would you do if your basic necessities became unavailable at the store? The Survival Skills video from The Survival Summit offers an exceptional tool to help develop the know-how that could keep you and your family alive in a dangerous situation.
The Survival Skill series is designed for people who are ready to dip their toes into the water of wilderness survival but are not quite ready to pay the hundreds or thousands of dollars to sign up for full back-country training. This video is fairly basic, but viewers should have some understanding of their needs before watching. Seasoned woodsmen also will find some elements useful, which greatly expands the potential market. Rating: 7 out of 10.
As with each of the videos so far from The Survival Summit, this video provides you with great content about how to endure in the wilderness. While it is less comprehensive in some areas, it does provide ample information in several others. I highly recommend you combine this video with Into The Woods to increase the efficacy for personal viewing. This is, however, the only drawback to a very comprehensive video. As such, it receives an 8 out of 10.
This video has a slightly higher utility rating than some of the other similar offerings because it is not limited to an end-of-the-world scenario. Many of the skills explained apply if you want to camp for a weekend with your family or friends. This vastly increases the utility of this video and makes it something that avoids turning you into a “crazy prepper” as perceived by others. Rating: 7.5 out of 10.
The video itself is a little on the dry side. If you are trying to teach your kids how to survive, the presentation may not fully hold their attention. Even though the information is solid, sometimes it may become a little dull for younger viewers. Adults, however, should be able to stay focused and learn new techniques. (Note: You may want to skip the beaver-cleaning episode if young children are in the room.)
As for usability, each skill can make life easier when you are out in the woods. Plus, the skills are universal and can be enhanced with modern goods. This balances out the score in this area to 5.5 out of 10.
The Cool Factor
Actual survival specialists on the video gives it more of that cool factor. While the content can be dry at times, as mentioned above, this is for survival training rather than mere entertainment. While some of the more Hollywood-style survival shows depict participants jumping off cliffs, eating raw meat, and doing other sketchy activities, the trainers in this video demonstrate skills that you will actually need to know. While it may not be exciting, it definitely is cool. Rating: 8 out of 10.
With an overall score of 36, this is a good introduction to some of the key procedures necessary in a survival situation. It is a great starter video for those who seeking to develop a skill set but may not have natural or lifelong training. In the process, this video from The Survival Summit can answer the basic and understandably persistent question of “Can I do this?” It is definitely worth watching to enhance your survival knowledge and expertise.