This week on The Revolution, Tim joins us and talks about DIY boats. Is it really possible to make a DIY boat from natural materials that is reliable and more importantly, not easily sinkable? Tim will tell Jim and Trav about a demonstration he watched using freshly cut tree branches arranged in a ring on top of a tarp. From there the tarp corners were tucked in and everything was lashed together with rope ultimately creating an innertube that instead of using air, used brush to fill the core. Tim tells Jim and Trav that circular boats, like this example, date back to prehistoric times and if executed correctly, can be very effective.
Turning his attention to shelter, Tim says that the ability to construct a shelter is an important skill and one that can mean the difference between life and death. In a survival situation, Tim tells Jim and Trav that getting your mental faculties in check is priority number one. You need to think about what is happening, not panic, take stock of the resources you have and come up with a game plan. After that, shelter is your first physical priority. In cold, wet, windy weather, Tim says your life can hang in the balance and you may only make it 3 hours or less without shelter. So, a structure over your head to ward off the elements takes priority over water, food and anything else. Tim tells Jim and Trav that there are a lot of different types of shelter, however he says to use caution when thinking about constructing a lean-to. While they look great on television, he says that they really are only half a shelter, aren’t super effective at blocking all the elements and are difficult to heat. Learn everything you need to know about survival and primitive living from the pro himself, Tim MacWelch.
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