This blog is about survival and safety in the outdoors. Every year there are people who go out to have a stroll in nature, a hike, camping or some similar fun activity and they find themselves in a life threatening situation. YES THIS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU OR A LOVED ONE! Whether an outdoor enthusiast, a casual lover of nature or an experienced "survival expert" these tips will help you be prepared for the unexpected turn of events that nature so often can present. KEEP YOUR LOVED ONES SAFE!
My last two blogs contained
some examples of useful ways to use a soda pop can in a wilderness survival
situation.These examples were just to
get the reader thinking about how to use so called “junk” that you may find in
the wilderness, as wilderness survival aids.We will continue the next few blogs with some more examples of fun pop can uses.Eventually we will go back to the “Take a
Break” blog from February.
Pop can Lantern - Full Flame
One of the examples showed how to make a lantern from a
pop can and some cooking oil. .So what
if you find a pop can but you do not have some cooking oil?Another option I have seen is to
punch a hole in the bottom of the can and make a small door on the pop can and
then push the candle up through the bottom hole as needed.An easily made and useful lantern.So what if you do not have a candle in your
survival kit?Well here is another
example of a wilderness survival lantern.
"I" shape cut
Make a “I” shaped cut on the can which results in two doors
that fold out from the can. The bottom
of the doors is about 1 to 2 inches from the bottom of the can. Leave the pull tab on the can as this is
useful for if the can is to be attached to a cord and hung suspended.
Some friends of mine recently gave me some deer steaks and a
few deer ribs (Thanks Kami and Ivan!). I decided to make some
soup from the deer ribs. After boiling the ribs, I set the pot in the refrigerator over night. In the morning I skimmed off the very dense
grease which had risen to the top. I
figured the fat could be used for making a candle. I packed the cooled fat or tallow into the
can then I found a small piece of scrap cloth which was stuffed in the center
of the fat but just a little bit above the fat.
This was the wick to the candle.
Most any cloth will work or even a tightly rolled piece of paper or
small piece of cardboard will make a sufficient wick.
Wick is Lit
Melting Fat - Partial Flame
the wick is lit on fire, the heat wicks up the heated fat.The fat then becomes the burning element
rather than the wick.If you are in a
wilderness survival situation, you may come across an animal carcass.Chances are the carcass still has fat that
can be used for a lantern.So here are a
few pictures from my deer fat / pop can lantern.The can reflects the light very well and the lantern gives off a good
amount of heat too which could be a double benefit in a snow cave shelter.
The pictures below are simple pop can cooking
pots.I’d love to hear some thoughts and comments
from readers regarding wilderness survival pop can uses.