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Sometimes Woodlands Survival May Not Be the Only Possibility
When people think of survival, most often they start thinking about hiding in the woods when the world ends or getting lost while on a day-hike. With a majority of people in the United States living in cities now, this may not be the case. If something goes wrong and the economy crashes, then you may find yourself in a survival situation in your home town. Even worse, you may find that there are people who want to capture you.
Survival Summit’s Escape and Evasion series is a good primer on how to get out of some common problems people may face in a grid-down situation. It also has helpful tips on if you get accosted when you are vacationing and are kidnapped. While this is not the “fun” survival that everyone likes to think of, this is a valuable skill-set that you should cultivate to be safe in an increasingly dangerous world. Survival knowledge is like a fire extinguisher, or a gun. It is better to have and not need than to need and not have.
The survival market is still small, as people ignore the problems that the global civilization is facing. The escape and evasion market is growing rapidly, however. Few people are willing to talk about that more children have been kidnapped for sex trafficking purposes in the United States this year than have died from COVID. (Please note, COVID deaths not cases). This does not even take into account the number of adults that are kidnapped for ransom, or the children that are kidnapped by a family member. Being able to escape from your captors and get to help (EMS or Police) is a vital skill that everyone should know.
This gives this series the broadest market of all of Survival Summit’s videos. 9 of 10.
This series is a crash course. Every episode is packed with information on how to do the skills that are covered. Because of the thickness of the information, you may find that you are watching and re-watching episodes to pick things up. I know during the lock-pick episode, I reviewed the skills several times before I got the hang of it. The guide teaches you a lot of skills in this short series, but each skill is valuable. Even the knowledge items, the non-skill items, help get you out of some sticky situations. 6 of 10.
This series is definitely a “Hope this never happens” video series. This means that you will likely not be using the skills covered in this video set very often. However, these are skills that if you need them you definitely want to have available. So with the rarely used but vital when you do relationship of the information, we see a 6 out of 10 for utility.
The thought of yourself or a loved one getting kidnapped is never a fun one. However, the trainer in this video presents the information in a non-panic way. He is calm and collected, and does not dramatize the elements, though there are cut scenes that show the skills being used. This is important in this type of situation, keeping calm can keep you alive. You live how you train and if you train to panic, you will panic. This video keeps you calm as you learn the skills, 7 out of 10.
Cool Factor and Total Score
Learning escape skills is cool on its own. Everyone wants to know how to get out of handcuffs or pick locks. The added factor that makes this video a really cool addition to your library is that the skills learned are usable. This means that if you are in a dangerous situation, you have the skills needed to get out. 8 out of 10.
Overall, Escape and Evasion earns a 36 out of 50, making it a must watch video for those who are interested in staying safe. Like I noted before, no one wants to think about kidnapping, until its too late. I highly recommend that you take the time to watch this series and practice the skills. Hopefully, you will never need them, but if you do, it is good to have them.