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Old 08-14-2012, 01:25 PM   #51
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Finding you way in the woods without a GPS! - Hunters toay are SOFTthey use all the MODERN THINGS of today to find out what direction their walking I would think there more GPS in backpacks today and no compass.
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Here's a guy that we could all learn from http://www.dickproenneke.com/DickProenneke.html
Get the video, it's well worth watching many times.
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He was a mountain man! not the garbage you see on mountain men TV crap show.
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Finding you way in the woods without a GPS! - Hunters toay are SOFTthey use all the MODERN THINGS of today to find out what direction their walking I would think there more GPS in backpacks today and no compass.
I have never owned a gps and don't plan to. I do have a couple of good compasses though and have used them hunting out west in the mountains. Here's a thought on gps. With the way technology is today if you carry a gps you're carrying a tracking device that could very well be used to find you. Now if you want to be found that's fine and dandy but if not you're in trouble. Same with cell phones. Don't have one of those either!
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Someone mentioned it early in the thread but I think learning to skin and tan pelts would be an invaluable skill. Soft tanned hides make extremely good clothing for warmth, stealth and comfort.
I think the basics of food and shelter can be learned crash-course style by anyone that has a lick of horse-sense. A supply of fresh water is of course paramount. Any rock overhang, cave or highway culvert can provide basic shelter. And really, there are endless options for nutrition once you get hungry enough. You just need to be savy enough not to go swallowing any pretty berry or mushroom you see. Things like grasshoppers and earthworms will keep you alive a long time.
In any real EOTWAWKI/SHTF scenario, it's the community that survives, not the loner. Finding people that can cohabitate, accept sensible and practical leadership and work with each other and leave ego and prejudice behind will be the key.
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Tinker, tailor, candlestick maker.
If you can repair things and sharpen things , make clothes or make lighting devices you would be popular in a shtf scenario. Also a cobbler would be in demand before long.
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Already told you guys- MY plan is to be the old man of the mountain that everyone wants to come live in THEIR cave!

Besides cobbler, tailor, spinner and weaver, a MASON that can build a fireplace that does not smoke will have a job for sure. Bricks are optional if you have stone.
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A almost forgotten skill and need would also be chimney sweep and repair which will either be metal working or masonry
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Books. If the internet is down, you'll need hardcopy reference for many of these skills, unless they are practiced and ingrained.

Books for: Edible Plants and Animals. Heat Treating Colors. and anything else.
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Another person that might be real handy, if things get really bad, is a farrier. I know that profession is semi-related to a blacksmith but there's more to them. They know how to care for horses, sort of like a cross between blacksmith and vet. Horses are gonna need their hooves trimmed, re-shoed etc. Horses might be a major form of transportation if the shtf. Where I come from there are still quite a few of these fellows around and they do know horses.
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