Chances are good that the time you need survival skills will not be a gorgeous sunny day with low humidity and a refreshing breeze. In fact, the worse the weather conditions are, the more likely it will be that you need some survival skills. For this reason, it really helps to train in nasty conditions. Try to make a fire in the wind and rain. Try building a shelter after dark when everything is soaking wet. These are the times you’ll need your skills to be sharp, and if you train under rough conditions – you’ll be ready for them! And while you’re working, practice the skills that aren’t your favorite. You may hate shelter building, land navigation or tracking. Do them anyway. A good survivalists is a jack-of-all-trades, not a specialist who only excels at a few skills.
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