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Time management

A martial arts teacher told me once, “If you want to be good, train when no one else is training…”.  I not being the brightest bulb in the box took this at its most literal translation.  So here I am throwing punches on my way to get a glass of water, kicking down the hall when I go to take a piss, swatting flies with what I hope are lightning fast backfists,  and practicing my footwork while moving around the stockroom(this I am positive gave my supervisor an uneasy feeling about me when he walked in on what I can only assume looked like a schizophrenic believing himself to be attacked by a rabid group of capybara).

The point of this article isn’t to show you how unhinged I am, or that I was even a successful martial artist due to my strange training habits, but I’m sharing this story because that one conversation changed my perspective about skill integration, time management and getting shit done.

Like most people one of my worst enemies is time.  To be specific “I don’t have enough time.”  Time is a formidable foe to be sure, but sadly most of us aren’t even bothering to get in the fight.  You hear us talk about skill sets over assets all the time, but what good are these skills without skill integration, sure you can learn a ton of stuff, but is it worth anything if you can’t exercise that skill under duress?

Around a PWP campfire you might hear such strange conversations as, “I got the fire going”, “yeah, but can you start a fire with a cricket and the lint from your belly button?”  (PLEASE don’t try this… those poor crickets, I can still hear their screams).  All joking aside, this type of banter should get one thinking, did you start that fire with your bic, matches, or gasoline?  If your perspective is tuned to skill integration and your willing to take up the fight against “time” every fire you start you should be practicing(read integrating) the skills you have learned.  If your lighting up the fire pit in the backyard cause your buds are coming over for a beer.  Guess what you have nothing but “time”, your not lost, hypothermic, or otherwise in need of the blessings of fire.  This is where time management comes in.  Build a bow drill, a plow, find stuff in the yard or on your person as fire starter, at the very least get out your firekit (you have one right?) and use the ferro rod.

This type of everyday skill integration is what will matter when you actually need it.  Shift your perspective to see what skills can be utilized during every day tasks.  Do not become a victim of “I don’t have enough time”…. or you might actually become a victim in a bad situation.

 

 

Kris Anderson 2017

Eating Out

This week we are going to highlight a few useful plants that are native to the pacific northwest.  You have no doubt encountered these in the mountains and forests already.  If you forage for mushrooms, pick huckleberries, or just like to hike be on the lookout for these.  If you make a habit of identification then you will be able to find these plants with ease should the need ever arise.  As with any foraging of wild edibles DO NOT consume without being 100% certain you have identified it correctly.

 

Bear grass

looks like a giants q-tip and easy to identify.  Always find these at high elevation.  The root can be boiled and eaten like a potato, but is very stringy.  The most useful part is the leaves.  They are super strong and can be used for cordage, natives used this often to weave baskets.

 

Fireweed

Can be found in burnt areas and clear cuts.  Young leaves and shoots are high in vitamin C and can be eated raw or cooked, treat it like spinach.  In early stages of growth when the leaves are still pointed upward the whole plant can be cooked like asparagus.  The unique vein in the leaves can help with identification.  Can have a laxative effect if eaten in large quantities.

 

Pineapple weed

I always found this in heavily trod areas like rock driveways, but it can be found in the wild.  Often referred to as “wild chamomile” it has a very pleasant smell when crushed.  The dried flowers can be used to make a tea just like chamomile.  The leaves are edible as well, but are slightly bitter.

 

Wild Ginger

Found in dark forests with plenty of shade.  Look for it in our old growth cedar stands.  Treat it just like commercial ginger.  Although in the wild variety the leaves have a stronger flavor than the root.

 

We tried to pick a few that are not widely talked about, but are plentiful here in the pacific northwest.  Again do not pick and use any wild plant or fungus without being positive you have identified it properly and understand its uses.  Have fun looking for these plants and shoot us some pictures if you find these while out foraging.

 

 

 

 

Sometimes there is no second place…

“There are somethings that either you can, or you cant do”. Don’t believe me? Take singing or sky diving for instance… I have been a dabbler for most of my life in all things outdoors. My days walking the woods, building survival shelters, and hunting by the river for tyrannosaurus rex with my pellet gun have been a real life testament to that. (Ahh to be a young blank canvas again, with equal amounts of courage and imagination.)  For every hour spent honing my skills with what little knowledge I had, there were literally months of research and study that went into them. Books cover to cover dozens of time, drawing pictures of the correct way to build fish traps, spending allowance money on the perfect cordage to set a dead fall… Not to shabby for a kid who hadn’t even hit puberty, and for damn sure hadn’t kissed a girl. I always feel (much like mountain men of both today and yesteryear) that the woods are my refuge and my sanctuary. That is where I go to re-charge my batteries, and to get myself back to center, headed true North…. But even I make mistakes.

I awoke yesterday in the early AM, put on what I believed to be sufficient hunting attire for our unseasonably warm November weather and threw a rifle and my pack into my truck. Grabbed a couple Gatorade’s out of the fridge and was on my way. Trent and I had decided to make a push to a little chunk of critter crazy country that was way too far off the beaten path for most people to ever think about hiking into… That’s where the big ones live. I will save you the suspense of the hunt, save to say that we spent a lot of time on our hands and knees looking for hope. At some point later in the day we decided to fan out and look for  sign. Mind you Trent and his father Cory are very respectable hunters to say the least, their collection of antlers, and pelts are enough to make most taxidermist jealous, and the fact that neither is ever in a pinch for venison from the deep freeze, should tell you something. We were hunting public land that is, as the crow flies, less then 15 miles from their house! Dropping our packs on the road we worked our way down to a ridge they know well, after seeing no sign we decided to spread out a bit and work our way back to the road. With a point in a general direction we were off, chasing tamarack needle covered deer trails I scurried as quickly and quietly as I could to intercept the road and my hunting com padres. The trails started to diminish as elevation increased. You and I both know that you should always walk with intent using landmarks to navigate your path, problem is (Damn you people who make hunting videos that show Idaho as being open farm land, that just isn’t true up here in the north) most places where you get into big critters, are too dense to see anything. At one point I had to army crawl through what we call bear tunnels (small circular tunnels going through low lying brush that predators use  to travel through the dense tree growth and brush in old clear cuts) when I exited the hole I looked directly up into something bright white… Rabbit hair all over the place, and I’m pretty sure that he didn’t just buy a new coat and leave the old one there. Definite predator area, better stop complaining about sweat in my eyes and start keeping a look out. This is where most people make there first big mistake (If you remember correctly I had already made a BUNCH of mistakes, remember that I had left my pack on the road with all my stuff in it. Water, GPS, Cell phone, you know all the important stuff) the worst mistake you can make is pretending that you are not lost, and being pig headed about it. So I stopped, sat down for a minute and made a plan. I knew that where the packs were located was east of where I was right now, and off I went…Alone… Without a GPS… Through the nastiest chunk of hell that I have hunted through in a while. 45 minutes later I could see a finger ridge just a bit farther to the East and figured that I finally had my bearings, and as I traveled farther the forest opened up now I could actually see the ground and the forest canopy would let light through, But the wind was deafening. As I stumbled over windfalls and worked my way down I could finally see out past the old growth timber “That’s water, I can see the lake.” hunting be damned, I said it out load and was pretty happy about it too, soaked in sweat, I started descending into the timber. A quarter mile down something stepped onto the trail just down hill from me. Good gravy it was a bull moose, and he looked not to happy to be sharing the trail with whatever he was looking at. He looked up at my camo silhouette, and started to do the good ol’ shift his weight from side to side and shake his head game. Let me just say that as much as I love all of Gods creatures (especially how they taste) I have seen too many moose get a little too amped up and total pick ups. To attempt to fight one on his turf, was not on my agenda. “Hey big fella, I’m not another moose, just keep on your merry way and I’ll keep on mine” I spoke calmly. He must not have liked that too much because he shifted back and crapped all over the trail. At this point I had had enough, leveled my rifle at a stump by my feet and let it rip. 430 grains of .458 caliber bullet whacking old dead wood turned out to be enough to catch his attention, and he stumbled off. 20 minutes later there I am standing on a road (Notice I didn’t say my road, or the main road? I simply didn’t know. ) Looking up as the sun sunk lower in the sky I realized that a choice had to be made, I have two ways to go. I stopped and had a little heart to heart with myself, and decided that there was really only one option, I had already came to far east, I need to go west. I either find the packs, the trail head or the lake. If I ended up at the lake, I could probably thumb a ride (or just hoof my way) to Trent’s Dads house and use the phone there to call them and tell them that I had made it out (did I forget to mention that we had cell phone service by our stands? Too bad mine was in my pack. ) So West I went. About a mile down the road the wind started to die down, maybe just maybe if I shot my pistol Trent would hear it and know where I was at, and return the favor. “BANG” the report of my pistol echoed off the canyon walls.  I stood quietly for a minute, then off in the distance I could hear the sharp report of Trent’s 10mm. I had somehow missed our ridge by 2, but I had found the road, and they had to be close, the last mile passed in no time and as I cleared the last bend they were both sitting there waiting for me. Packs on, we made the long hike out to the road.

This extended alone time gave me some time to think. The list of things that I had done wrong was far longer that what I would like to fess up for, You don’t equip a pack with survival tools then leave it on the road, any more then you would carry a gun into the woods without bullets. I was plain stupid. But one positive that I  personally take away from the situation (since I’m not getting searched for right now), is something that I never forget to pack, I always have it with me. MY MIND SET. The best survival kit ever built is right between your ears, No amount of stuff replaces your knowledge. What good is it to have a plasma cutter, if you think plasma only comes from Bio-life and a a cutter is a person that listens to My chemical romance. Your personal skills govern what you are capable of. Be calm, make a plan, and be realistic. Survival is one of those situations where you either can or you can’t. You can do everything right and still come in second place, which is a pretty grim final score. Your best bet is to supply yourself with everything you need, in the easiest to carry package available. Know how to use everything you carry in situations and places where you may be tasked to do so, and most importantly, fill your mental survival kit. Keep topping it up until you feel like you can’t carry any more, then cram more knowledge in. Be a student of the land, of nature, and of Life. Your want to  coexist and thrive is what keeps you going, the difference between people who get into bad situations and become stranded (or worse) and the people who save themselves, is there ability to not keep making the same mistakes. “You took the wrong road. Wrong ridge? Got separated from the pack? Got sweaty? Thirsty? Cold?” Now what do you do? Your already getting close to the answer because you identified the problem, now don’t continue to make that same mistake. Stop, evaluate, and then make it better. Use what you KNOW to be truth, and don’t run on emotion. If you do your part, every answer to every survival situation is there at you disposal… Right under your hat.

-Grant Willoughby 11/13/2016-

Why is your freezer empty…

If you are reading this on a Sunday, we can draw a couple conclusions…

Conclusion #1: There is a chance that you are a fantastic hunter. With archery elk opening on September 6th, archery deer opening on August 30th, and fall bear (you pick the weapon) being open since August 30th also, there is a chance that you have already tagged out on all of your big game for the year. Now you are just biding your time until October 1 so that you can slay a bunch of ducks and geese. If that’s you… Got any ideas how a fella could fill his freezer that you would like to share? If Not, then we can move on.

Conclusion#2: You  have been out hunting a few times already and are wishing that you had bought a B tag, and never decided to pursue critters with stick and string.You just needed a break. Hey I been there too my friend. There is a reason why people say that any animal that is harvested with a bow is a trophy, The amount of miles covered (quietly) and the amount of work entailed in  putting yourself into range with a bow is truly commendable. But you know as well as I do that the chances of shooting a critter from your couch are really limited. (If you regularly shoot critters from your couch, and you decide that you want to adopt a 33 year old fat guy… I might just know one. 🙂 )

Conclusion #3:You either go to church on Sundays, or Sunday is your “family day”. Both are acceptable answers, and I respect both answers equally. We would all love to spend every waking moment in the woods chasing dinner, but most of us have regular jobs that allow us very little free time. With only 2 days a week that don’t require a time clock, it is pretty hard to juggle your real priorities, God, Family, and Hunting! I personally try to limit my hunting excursions to one day out of the weekend (and boy is that hard to do when you got onto a good scrape the night before, or saw a ton of green heads land  just after shooting light  when you were picking up dec’s.) But, as for me at least, I feel that it is important to spend some time with the fam. Now when my boy gets old enough to carry a rifle and give it a go himself… Well, I should  just start apologizing to my wife now…

All things being considered, I think most people fall into group #3. That being said, It is always important to hedge your bet a bit by being proactive. So here are a few things that you can do before rifle season opens so that you don’t have to waste what little hunting time that you have getting ready.

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1: A man is only as sharp as his knife: It sounds silly, but a sharp knife is one of the most important items that any outdoors men can have, especially a hunter. With a little practice and a small sharpening kit you can maintain your own blades in almost no time, and its always better to start with a sharp blade and be able to touch it up. Believe me, having to sharpen your knife mid-deer stinks. You can take an hour or two (after work) and probably sharpen all the knifes and hatchets that you will need for your hunt. Another nice tool to have especially for game processing is  the Piranta knife made by Havalon. They are basically a gutting and field dressing knife that uses replaceable 2 3/4″ hermetically sealed scalpel  blades. If a blade gets dull or breaks, just swap the blade out. Is it a replacement for a good fixed blade knife? I don’t know that I would say that. But I do know a guy who raises buffalo, and it is the only knife that he uses for processing them out (field dressing and caping) and that says a lot.

ob32: Shoot your rifle: Its the easiest thing to take for granted. “It shot straight when I put it away last year.” Yes it did, but it has been stoved up in a case or gun cabinet since then, it has been cleaned and oiled, and maybe it has even been knocked around a little bit. I try to pull my shootin irons out a couple weeks before season starts and give them a good once over. Make sure all the screws are tight, run a few dry patches through the bore, then take it out and put a few rounds down range. if all goes right, the rifle prints right where I’m aiming. At this point I DO NOT clean the bore until hunting season is over, a bore that is clean and oiled will shoot to a different of impact then one that has been shot in. because of the residual oil,  rifles will tend to ( but not always) throw the first couple rounds high, due to less drag, and settle as they wear off the oil. Plus it gives you a little time to re-familiarize yourself with your fire arm. I know it is expensive (I shoot a .338 Win Mag for elk, and at $50+ a box I feel your pain) But if you cant afford to burn a half a box sighting in, you probably cant afford to hunt.

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3: Batteries, batteries, batteries: What do you have in your hunting kit that uses batteries? If you said everything you are correct! GPS, walkies, range finders, flashlights, head lamps, if your lucky… a camera. Yep, you already thought about those, but what about for your ATV and truck?  Make sure everything has a good battery in it, and make sure they are all charged up and ready. Foul weather brings out the worst in everything electronic. While your at it, maybe change the oil, air filter, and even throw a little fuel additive in the gas tank. Be prepared for all the challenges that arise in the field, you know what they say about an ounce of prevention…

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4:Packs and survival gear: This is by far the easiest and most fun pre-hunt preparation you can do. Dig out your pack frame, your hike pack (hopefully if you have been listening, your survival gear will already be in there. 😉 ) and check the condition of both, as well as what you have in inventory. Do it in the living room, in the middle of the floor and get the kids involved. If they see what it takes to do what you do, they will be super excited about it when they get to do it themselves. Matches, lighters, fire starters, knives, sharpening stones, tinder, game processing bags, meat sacks, something to boil water in… Its awesome, it is exciting, and its what you are about. Share the experience, if you don’t have kids, do it with your hunting buddies, when you compare and contrast what you carry, you may just learn something new, or you may get to share some lessons that you had to learn the hard way.

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5: Fellowship: I am very lucky to have a group of friends that share the same values as myself. In that, most of our conversations usually are about either hunting, fishing or guns. Big surprise huh? No, that’s not all that we talk about, but much like every road in Idaho leads to the bunco, all conversations lead to those topics. If you want to get ready to go on your fall hunts this year, I have a super easy recipe that will get you there. Grab a 6 pack, wrangle up your buddies, and talk about hunting. Talk about how much fun last year was. Talk about the ones you got, the ones that you missed, and about “the Big One” that you just know is out there. Talk about how good the coffee was in the morning, and how tasty the beer was when you got back to camp. Talk about hunting camp breakfast! Talk about how much it rained, or snowed or whatever. Reliving last years adventure is a sure way to wet the taste buds for this year. The memories that you make afield, are addicting. The more you make the more you want to make. Start a tradition and stick to it. Wouldn’t you love to be able to one day talk to your great grand children about your hunting adventures and show them a picture like the one above?

22 days… That is all the time left before opening day of Idaho’s general elk and deer season. The time is running down, fall is in the air. I wish you all the best of luck in all of your adventures, if you don’t hunt, that’s fine, fall pike  fishing is some of the best of the year, no to mention the steelhead run on the Clearwater. In whatever you do, make memories and traditions that will last a lifetime. Even one day in the field, will make the five days that you spend in the salt mines well worth it. Be safe, and good huntin’.

-Grant Willoughby 9/18/2016-

Politics, Euthanasia and Recycling…

Well, if all my other blogs lead you to believe that maybe I am half a bubble shy of level, a title like “Politics, Euthanasia and Recycling”  would surely finalize that idea… But hear me out on this one…

This week I had quite a few ideas about what I would like to write about, but due to time constraints, I have to be pretty selective and try to get to something that I hope you would like to read about, and at the same time keep it short enough to where if you are reading it on your smart phone, you don’t have to plug in before you attempt to navigate through my run-on-sentences and over-hyphenated neologism’s. (by the way that is a real word… of the $5 variety, and it will score you you 36 points on scrabble if you play your tiles right 😉 ) So I figured that I would make this pretty simple, I would talk about something going on in the world, something that’s going on in my neighborhood, and something going on in my life.

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Politics: Any one who has watched any amount of television, or has been on any form of media site , knows exactly who this is, and why he has been a major focus for the media. But just in case you don’t…His Name is Colin Kaepernick, and he is the  back-up quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He attended college in Nevada, where he was named Western athletic offensive player of the year as well as MVP of the 2008 humanitarian bowl before being drafted in the second round of the NFL draft. That seems like reason enough for him to be in the lime-light right? No Sir, you are mistaken. On August 26, 2016 in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick decided to make a political statement by refusing to stand for the singing of Our National Anthem and the raising of Our flag, stating “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder”, referencing a series of events that led to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Well This is America, if you choose not to stand for the national Anthem, that’s on you man. Thank God for those brave men and women that gave there lives protecting and serving our beautiful country, They gave you that right. It’s The First Amendment for pete’s sake, and you have to right to exercise it. You want to know about oppression,  Go to a country like North Korea, or Saudi Arabia. You pull a move like “Not showing respect to ones flag and Country” the only thing you will have to worry about is how to stop the bleeding. People have, and will continue to be killed for less then that, daily. Thank your lucky stars that you were born in a Country that “ALLOWS” you to have an opinion. You know that I would rather trim my eye lashes with a weed-eater then talk about politics, but there is one thing that I stay away from even more then that… And its race. If Kaepernick wants to use his mediocre football career as a “soap box” to express his feelings about oppression and racism, Once again that is up to him, He has that right. But If you want to get down to the real nitty gritty of this whole black lives matter thing (If you want my full opinion click “here“) is racist. I believe that black lives matter, I also believe that red lives, yellow lives and white lives matter too. Life matters period. I think some people just Just have an inability to deal with not being the prize pig, Kaepernick will never be remembered for his 27/20 win/loss record. Now being a backup, maybe he is afraid that he will disappear all together. His football career may never make a true impact, but maybe he feels that his actions will?

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Euthanasia: This was a rough week for the Willoughby clan, Well for My wife to be more precise. Walking out to my truck Monday morning I noticed a white tail doe laying in our front yard, as I walked closer she turned her head to look at me but she didn’t flee. Something was up, I looked at her rear legs and could see that she had been hit by a car. Being an avid hunter and outdoors-men, I hate to see things in pain or suffering, and I could tell that she was both. I looked down the road and saw a sheriff sitting at the corner in his Suv and figured that he had been called out to evaluate the deer, and displace her if necessary. That being said, I immediately text My wife and said “Hey there is a doe out in the front yard, she looks like she has been hit. There is a cop out there, so if you hear a shot, just know that it is a cop. Please don’t let the dogs out until the situation has been remedied, I don’t want to stress her out any more then she already is.” Later I got a reply to my text, that just said “can you talk?” I called her and she was in tears, she had walked outside to see where the doe was at, and found her piled up, but still alive-ish. I told her to call fish and game and see what they could do. Fish and game told her that if she was laying there she may still be ok, and that because she wasn’t already dead they really couldn’t do a whole lot about it. Hearing this story, I felt the need to make a call to fish and game myself. After explaining myself to the receptionist, she forwarded me up the chain of command “Well the Deer looks to have 2 broken legs, she is laying in my yard, we live in a neighborhood that is filled with dogs, if one of those dogs gets out of there fence, the doe has no chance and she will be torn to shreds. Plus there is a state aided day care across the road, I would really hate to have all those little kids spend there whole day watching an animal die in pain. I hunt, and I love animals but she is hurting pretty bad. If I lived out in the country I would have put a bullet in her this morning, and put her out of her misery”. That was all that he needed to hear, he said he would send a guy out and see what he could do. 15 minutes later, a fish and game officer come to my door and spoke with my wife, he said that in fact the deer had been struck 2 blocks away and had in fact broke both rear legs,he then asked her what she would like to do? Maybe I should have prefaced my story with this very important detail. My wife is an animal lover, and a… wait for it…. wait for it…  VEGETARIAN! (I know what your thinking, you are a hunter, and your wife is a salad eater how does that work? Well my deer meat just last longer then yours does 😉 ) In that the officer asked if she would like him to make the call? Less then a minute later, he had already been to his truck, grabbed a small caliber rifle, and put an end to the situation. He then came back to our porch and consoled my wife. “That deer was in bad shape, there was no choice. The neighbors down the road are going to keep the meat and nothing will go to waste. You did the right thing.”  Needless to say my wife still tears up a little bit when she thinks about it. When I got home, we talked about it, and it dawned on me. That was the truest form of mercy. She would never be able to kill that deer, but the fact that she could see the pain,and know what was right even through her personal feeling were telling her something totally different. I am very proud of her. Now I just have to work with her about telling the fish and game officer that we want the meat next time…

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Recycling: Yesterday, I did My part in figuring out how to reduce my carbon foot print and recycle… Pwp fired up the forge, and we built some cool blades. We will get some pictures up shortly. We are going to try to get in some kind of schedule  for when we will be banging metal. Maybe next time you could come join us, or send us some ideas for potential project. This time we used old rail road spikes and made hatchets and knives out of them. In my opinion, that is the best kind of recycling that can be done. Take something of very little value, and make something awesome using  only fire and sweat-equity. Plus everyone looks like a boss spraying carbon sparks all over and wielding a hammer like the Sons of Ivaldi.  Happy labor Day.

-Grant Willoughby 9/5/2016-

If you don’t want to have to hunt for your kids…

My advise is to take your kids hunting… or fishing…or on an atv/motocycle ride… or anything besides leaving them bored and un-stimulated. Why? Because children (more importantly YOUR children) have been studied, and researched since the beginning of study and research, to establish if the ol’ debate of “nature vs. nurture“has any basis.  Guess what? They figured out what we have already known… 51% of a child’s behavior, and existence is based upon the environment they grow up in . “So there is only a 2% difference between your  genetic predisposition and your learned traits? That doesn’t seem like much to bank on it does it?” I hear you question. Well pump the brakes on that thought for a minute… No wait… Slam the brakes to the floor and put that idea through the windshield. If I told you that I have developed a new gambling game, it cost $20 dollars, and if you win, you double your money. The win/loss ratio is set at 51%/49% in favor of the gambler. First off you would call me an idiot for making a game where the house doesn’t win. Then you would be the first person in line, the “odds” say that you will win more often then you lose. “Yeah, but that’s gambling, not raising children. Compare apples to apples will ya?” Ok, Lets say that you had 2 parents that are both world class athletes, and they have a child. Upon having the child they decide that it doesn’t fit into there life style and put it up for adoption. The child is adopted by a family who eats fast food regularly, and maybe doesn’t exercise as much as they should (read “not at all”). The child’s predisposition says that he or she should grow up to be fit and in good health, and more then likely have a fair amount of athletic potential. But without an outlet to further develop that predisposition, the child will most likely become someone who eats fast food, and doesn’t exercise enough. Nurture will always win that battle. Have you ever seen a Labrador retriever, that is “birdy as could be”, but then that dog goes to a house where no one hunts. The dog adapts to there new owner, and they may show moments of “the hunting dog that they once were”, but the other 99% of the time, they are just a jungle gym for the kids, and a good house pet. The same happens with children.”So what can I do about it, kid’s will be kids right?”

Stop right there and listen to what you just said. That makes no sense what so ever. I have had a son of my own for just a smidge over 5 years, but before that I ran after school and summer programs for North Idaho Youth for Christ. In our programs the predominate theme was kids that were either at-risk or that were already in trouble (Juvenile detention program etc.) and the recurring theme was a very simple one. Children, much like the dinosaurs in Jurassic park,  are willing to  test every inch of there boundaries, be they electrified fences or consistency of discipline. That goes for adults too, think about your daily life, how many of you drive 3 mph over the speed limit because you know that no cop will pull you over for such a small violation? Then because you got away with 3 mph, you try 5 mph, and get away with that too. Then its 7 mph and you get the ol’ flashing lights , license and registration dance going on. Then as you drive away (ticket in hand) you are upset because yesterday 5 mph over was Ok, and today 7 mph got you a ticket, after all it was just 2 mph over what that cop had seen you driving  yesterday. The real problem comes from the fact that you didn’t get a warning when you were making the small mistake. When you got away with something small, you wanted to know how far you can take it before you got in trouble, you are willing to keep testing the boundary until you find the end of the chain, and you don’t like the repercussions. If your a parent, and you tell your son or daughter to be home by 10:00 pm and you don’t scold them when they get home at 10:15, then what time will they get home tomorrow night? and the night after? and the night after that? I think you see where I’m going here.

“Yeah kids need rules, and discipline is important…Yadda, Yadda, Yadda.. But what the hell does that have to do with hunting?” Well that is simple, If you don’t hunt, plug in some activity that you are passionate about. As for me I love the outdoors, and all things associated with it. My son see’s my enthusiasm and want’s to be a part of it. As a small child he was introduced to the outdoors and fell head over boots for it. He sees me throw my pack into my truck or carry my decoys out and he knows that I am going hunting. He wants so badly to be apart of that passion, when I get home, he wants to hear every detail of the hunt. His toys consist of trucks with trailers, atv’s, dirt bikes, you name it, if it has anything to do with being in the wood’s, he wants it. (and thanks to the Grand parents, he probably has it:)) “So what does that have to do with raising a good kid?” This is my favorite part. You want to know a super good way to keep your keep from staying out til God knows when, doing God knows what on Friday night? Take them hunting at 0′ dark thirty Saturday morning. It’s a mean little trick isn’t it? If there love, or passion for something is great enough, and they have the ability to have the option, what will they pick? I’m guessing 99 times out of a hundred they will take the hunting, or fishing or what ever it is, over the hood-rat crap that there friends are doing, and you may be surprised that on some of those mornings, one of your child’s friends may be sitting on the front porch tackle box, rod and reel in hand, just waiting to go. “So your saying that if I spend time with my child, learning what his or her motivation is, then work that towards my favor I am guaranteed a good kid?” Absolutely… not. But what are your options? Look at children that grow up in difficult homes, some turn out great (mostly because they find some kind of outside the home “roll model”  or motivation (read “sports”) and build there own foundation from that) but for the most part they struggle growing though adolescence  and into adulthood. Do you think those same children, if given more attention and opportunity, would have had an easier time growing up? I sure do. When I was in high school I didn’t have a curfew, it wasn’t because my parents didn’t care, it was because my parents trusted me, and more times then not I would rather be at home. I never knew when Saturday morning may bring a little fishing or if I was really lucky, maybe an impromptu over night camping trip. My parents never had to walk the streets looking for me, all they had to do was holler down the stairs and I would be right up.

I guess what I’m trying to say to you is this, if you really want your children to live up to the expectations that you have for them, you had better live up to the ones they have for you. If you hunt everything that has fur or feathers, you owe it to your child to bag out on one day of going with your hardcore buddies, to take your kid. There is no place that brings family closer there sharing a passion for something. You want to know whats going on in your kids life? Try sitting in a duck blind with them. I will bet that 20 degrees and a 15 mph wind  (at 4 A.M.) will stir up the conversation rather quickly. You want to know how your kid is doing in school? Strap on the waders, and grab the fly rods. Find a quiet creek and let the current be your guide, and if you want your children to be honest with you, be honest with them. No matter how tough it may be at times. Just like Uncle Ted Nugent says “If you take your kids hunting, you wont have to hunt for your kids.” And that is a lesson that I think we can all take to heart.

-Grant Willoughby 8/14/2016-

lets all be seated…

I have been struggling with what to let loose down the post world patriot pipeline this week, I absolutely love to try to be funny, interesting and most of all I want to be informative to all of ya’ll. I would rather teach then give you a shame session.That isn’t my nature. But its pretty hard to speak to a point that no one wants to talk about, I want a conversation, not a monologue… But maybe I haven’t been open enough, maybe I haven’t been honest enough, maybe you don’t know me (by “ME” I mean a “Post World Patriot“). So this may be a little different blog post then before, and I hope that maybe me flexing my voice and opinions, will make you do the same. I feel that I have the ability to speak as the voice of PWP, which means (if you are reading this) that I am your voice too. So please find your seats. This is the sermon of the “Post World patriot”

My name is Grant Alexander Willoughby, I am in fact an ordained reverend,  I have actually married people… Kind of cool stuff huh? I spent quite a bit of time working for North Idaho Youth for Christ. ( about 6 years) working with kids that didn’t have a chance. That’s why I wanted to be a teacher when I got out of high school, went to NIC for a year, then decided it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to craft our youth, it was the fact that I couldn’t pay my bills with there salary (next time you go to a parent teacher conference be heartfelt and thank your kids teacher, there doing it because they love your kids, not for the money… Because there isn’t any.) Then I did a correspondence course and became a Gunsmith. Filling out paperwork to prove that I know about guns seemed a little redundant, but I finished a 9 month course in a little over 6 weeks, with scores that perplexed the makers of the program. I wasn’t learning anything, I was just proving what I already knew. And now I am a husband, a father, a son, a beer warehouse supervisor, and an active member of my community. But….

(You were waiting for the tie-in huh?) I am the “Post World Patriot“. Not that this was my idea, that’s not what I am saying at all. People, as a whole are “johnny come lately’s” PWP wasn’t something crafted because prepping was all the rage, or 2nd amendment , or organic farming, or hunting and gathering. “WE THE PEOPLE” have always done this, We didn’t start doing this when PWP  was created, We have always done this, and a name finally  came about. We didn’t invent PWP, it was a living brand of our lives. It isn’t a group to join, its a support group for those that do. Teach, learn, and grow everyday. Be honest, Love and learn. Stand on your own two feet… and have support in us. Want to know the best caliber pistol to carry? The best way to carry it? How to start a fire with a maxi-pad and a plastic bag filled with urine? how about how to get your Kids outdoors? I want to share the skills that I have, and I would love to know yours. That I owe 100% to my parents and my raisin’, I have always been a Post World Patriot, Kris, And Brad would explain there upbringing the same way. We don’t do this, this is who we are. We are as different as you could imagine. Kris has a way of interpreting things that goes without explanation. If he were a super hero, his super-hero persona would be “Mr. Matter-a-fact” he believes in two things… right and wrong, they create a balance, and are both needed. But he does, and teaches, the right way… no matter what the cost, and the pain you have to endure to get there. You earn your knowledge. Brad, if you have never met him, is as charismatic as they come, he doesn’t know a stranger. He is a good father and husband, and the life style that he lives is what he wants his children (and yours) to be blessed with. His gifts are yours, just ask. Now I have to explain me, and I don’t like doing that. I’m not perfect, In fact I might be the farthest from plumb pillar in PWP. I am both sides at once, if you hop up in my truck you may listen to Killswitch Engage,  Merle Haggard or Bubba Sparxx, I don’t feel a need to fit into any idea, all I can do is be me. With an open heart ill give you my last nickle, and my last breath (I can’t thank my parents enough for instilling that ability in me) I know about a couple things, if your willing to learn, I am willing to teach. And vice-versa… Hopefully. What I’m trying to say is that “Post World Patriot” isn’t something that we take lightly, It is the idea that makes us believe that tomorrow can be better then today, it is the mortar that holds our foundation together, preserving the foundations  of freedom. “We The People” are a community, we are a revolution,  We are an embodiment of tomorrows hopes, we are family… Warts and all. I hope that I am as important to you, as you are to me. This is our chance to do something that matters, to be a part of something that changes not only our lives, but tomorrows generation too. Remember when the United States was the land of opportunity? It can be that way again. Remember when you could leave the front door open, or your truck doors unlocked without worrying about being robbed blind? We can still have that. It will just take some work. Stay the True North, don’t falter, when we do whats right, we become what is right. No matter the burden, always stay true not only to yourself, but to what you represent… “We The People”…  AMEN!

-Grant Willoughby 7/24/2016-

Alright lets be honest…

-A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.-

-Robert Heinlein-

 

Alright lets be honest…

How many of you have enough water stocked up for your family to survive 72 hours? Have all of your important document in a place where you can get to them if (God forbid) something catastrophic happens? Have an emergency plan in effect (yes this means practicing it.)? Just in case you happened upon this blog by accident, or have no idea about self-preservation, prepping, survival or anything along those line, the basis of most people’s ability to survive in any given situation seems to rely on there B.O.B. or bug out bag.  A bug out bag usually consists of tangible items that would be used to keep said person, or group of people in some cases, alive for a predetermined  length of time.  Do I believe in the idea? Of course I do. Do I think that everyone should have enough personal survival gear to perpetuate their existence? You bet. Do I think that there are a lot of things that get forgotten when people war-game their survival scenario? Sadly yes. We as Human beings are pretty impressive creatures, as a whole we are limited only by what we believe we can, or can’t do. Wake up tomorrow and decide that you want to learn Spanish… I’m betting by noon you will know enough to probably find a restroom, order food, count to 20, insult someone and find the Police. (Which may be an important thing depending on how good your insults are.) We are limitless, have you ever decided to take up a new hobby, and within a few sessions you either realize that you had a knack for it or you were able to learn it quickly? I think most people do it on an almost daily basis.

So with all this unabated potential, and  want to be prepared, what can we actually learn that may help us on our pursuit of self-reliance. I came up with a list of things that I believe get over-looked, but are pretty realistic needs in a survival situation.

1: Learn to drive a manual transmission. I know it sounds pretty lame to some, and to others it sounds like I just asked you to drive a a jet ski to the top of Everest. In a true to life survival situation you may be forced to drive something that actually has 3 pedals on the floor (the middle one is the brake ;)) Maybe you are at a family event and someone gets hurt, and the only vehicle that you can use is a stick? Or maybe your on the search for a new car and the only vehicle’s in your price range are manual. According to  Edmunds.com  as of 2013 only 3.9%  of new vehicles have a manual transmission. But I bet that you have a friend who drives a stick, and (if you’re like me)  I bet you don’t have 100 people who you call friends, so chances are pretty good that at some point you may be asked to “move their car”. Plus its fun, driving a manual transmission won’t make you any worse of a driver, its not like you have to choose one or the other, it just gives you options. At any given moment I can jump into almost anything and drive it, semi’s, tractors, motorcycles, sports cars or my 1 ton. With a little practice and a little patience it becomes old hat, and you may just be able to be a hero some day.

2: Learn to cook. Not like ramen or pop-tarts, but real food. Learn to use a knife, how to season things and a few different ways to cook. Food is important, not only does it nourish our bodies, but it also gives us a sense of family and comfort. Start simple and easy, then broaden your horizons. My mom always says that a good cook can make a meal out of anything, I whole heartedly believe that to be true. Recipes are a good start, and definitely a good way to get your feet wet in the cooking game. As your skills progress, try to make things with limited ingredients, or even better, have some one else buy ingredients. Then piece together a meal with what they bought. Not only is it fun, but it is also a great exercise for survival situations.- Word to the wise, learn to cook over fire. I think its funny that people will have 3 ways to start a fire in their survival gear, and have absolutely no idea how to cook with it. Fire+Meat=Awesome

3: Learn to preserve food. I guess I could have just added this section into “learn to cook”, but I believe that it is important enough to deserve its own section. There are many ways to preserve food, but the most widely used is canning. I actually just started really getting into canning a couple of years ago, it always looked like it was a lot of work, and I never thought that I had the need to jar anything. Now I look back a little ashamed of myself for being so foolish. Canning is actually pretty simple and  a ton of fun. If your new to it and want to learn the basics its hard to beat www.freshpreserving.com. Its the website created for Ball® mason jars, it has a ton of recipes and techniques from super beginner to ultra advanced. If you have a small backyard garden, canning is definitely for you. What finally pushed me into canning was actually a want to pickle. one stop to a local farm and feed store and I was on my way. 4 fours later and I had pickled everything we had in our house, we had dill pickles, hot pickles, pickled jalapenos, pickled onions and even pickled eggs. They all turned out great and became a new family favorite. But canning isn’t the only way to preserve your food. From smoking fish to Air-drying biltong, meat preservation has been around since we first learned that fresh  protein, like all things, doesn’t last forever. There is no finer treat then smoked salmon, jerky, or a dried salami. It’s just a matter of learning the process and keeping the tradition going.

4: Learn to sharpen a knife.  A man is only as sharp as his knife. If you carry 3 knives on your person and in your pack and none of them are sharp. You might as well have carried nothing. There is an art to sharpening a knife. No matter what your preferred sharpening implement is ( I prefer a Lansky or a Gatco, but I also use a flat stone too.) learn to use it well. you don’t have to regrind the edge, only touch it up. Its therapeutic, it teaches you to have patience, and to dance the line between perfection and destruction. That lesson holds true to more than just sharpening your knife.

5: Learn to read a map and compass. I love my Garmin GPS, and I don’t head out on a hunting or fishing trip without it, but I understand  the limitations of batteries. When I started my voyage into the outdoor lifestyle, the only GPS systems that were in existence were owned by the military and were expensive. We navigated  by forest service maps, and by lensatic compass, compared to a modern GPS it was about the equivalent of shooting geese with stale marshmallows! But it taught me a few things about not just knowing where you are, but understanding where you are and how you got there. With a map and a compass (and a little understanding of the land) you can figure out where your going. AA batteries or not.

6: Learn to sew. I know, I know… You have enough food and water to last 10 people 720 days, you have 10,000 rounds for every firearm that you own, you have a bunker that makes the Beverly Hilton look like the Bates motel. But can you sew? Sewing is a bushcraft that is often times over looked. Not only can you make items that are not currently in your inventory, but you can also mend items that have been rendered useless due to use and harsh conditions. And (you knew that at some point I would bring it up) in a pinch you never know when you might have to throw a suture or two into someone who has had a mishap. Yes I have given myself stitches, it was an early more difficult time in my youth where I didn’t have enough money to pay for a hospital bill. It was a split finger  that had been cut and wouldn’t stop bleeding no matter what I tried (Remember that I spent a fair amount of my youth in survival classes and doing first aid) so I went to work cutting the fingernail out and preparing the surface for stitches. 6 or 7 stitches later my finger was all sealed up and looked pretty decent if I don’t say so myself (even my Dad later agreed). Did I do it all right? Not so much, but luckily it was a finger where I didn’t need to know how to split the skin from the fat to do sutures. But it held and stopped further bleeding and introduction of infection. All because I learned to sew up holes in hunting pants. Consider it a skill that you can use for its intended purpose, but is also a good mental part of your first aid kit.

And lastly 7: Learn to listen, and be a decisive problem solver.  I, (as most Men) like to think that I can take care of any situation. See problem, fix problem. Period. Problem is that some problems can’t or don’t need to be solved, they need to be adapted to. If actually placed into a desperate situation, the most important thing to do is be able to listen, and organize problems into order of importance. Someone has a sliver? Well that is unfortunate, but the fact that it is 20 degrees outside, and we don’t have a fire takes precedence over it for the moment. Once a fire is established, then the sliver has to be taken care of. (Some wood causes infection and festering. But beyond that, its uncomfortable and the fact that you take care of it, shows that you care.) An empathetic individual who has sound reasoning can accomplish many things with the help of those that trust him.

Maybe you already have all these skills, and if you do, that is great. Whats next on the list then? Each day we are given the opportunity to further ourselves, be it financially, spiritually, or with intelligence and experience. If we make a conscious effort to add more knowledge to our survival kit everyday, then the pack that we have to carry becomes lighter. If we share that knowledge that we gather with those we care about, and in return, they return the favor to us, we all become closer to our common goal.  And let’s be honest, that sounds a whole lot more like the future that I want to be apart of, How about you?

-Grant Willoughby 5/15/2016-

April 2016 Newsletter

April 30th, 2016
Thoughts from Post World Patriot….
Morels are popping like crazy! If you are on social media, which you obviously are since you are reading this, you have undoubtably seen posts of people’s bounties! Foraging for mushrooms is not only relaxing but can save you money or even be a source of income. I see posts of people selling them for around $20-$25 dollars a pound. Using them in dishes or as a side will also save you money and give you exercise as well. It is also a great time to bond with people or children and teach them ways to become self sufficient. Feel free to post any pictures on our page. If you have any tips, tricks or questions feel free to contact us at PostWorldPatriot@gmail.com, http://www.Facebook.com/PostWorldPatriot or on our forums at http://www.PostWorldPatriot.com/forums. We look forward to any questions or comments.
Post World Patriot News
In March we completed our AR Armorer course and are now certified armorers. This month we are happy to announce that we also have obtained our FFL. We are now able to help you with more of your needs! Feel free to contact us with any questions.
We are also now making custom Kydex sheaths for knives.  Every job is custom and we will require you send us your knife for the molding process.  Contact us with your needs and we will discuss pricing.
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4 Concealed carry tips
Find a pistol that you can shoot. I know this sounds obvious but you would be surprised how many people just buy pistols because “that’s what so and so uses”. Go to the range and shoot several different brands, models, calibers, etc. what works and feels great to one person may not for another.
Buy a quality holster. Two things you definitely don’t want to skimp on is your firearm and your carry system. There are many styles and brands out there and if you’re like me, you will end up with a box of holsters because you will find ones that meet your needs and ones that don’t.
Get a gun belt! Gun belts are essential. It took me several low quality belts to realize that they don’t hold up for too long when you carry everyday. Gun belts are rigid and help disperse the weight more evenly. Once you use one you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Training is crucial. One can never have enough knowledge. Proper training and know how is extremely important. You should know when and where you can legally carry, how to disassemble, clean, lubricate and reassemble your firearm, proper technique and even general first aid are a must.
2nd Amendment news
Take a few minutes and watch this video.
This video is exactly on point, we as gun owners need to stop drawing battle lines and exploiting differences between each other and come together for our common purpose. A strong group is a lot harder to impose will upon than a fractured one. One thing that we are trying to promote here at Post World Patriot is that of unity, we encourage others to not only share knowledge, insight and personal preference but expect others to be receptive in return. We need to become united, we need to be heard, We the People need to stand strong! Be sure to post any insight you want to share on our facebook page or on our forums . We are also available to answer any questions at either one of those links to the best of our ability. We look forward to your questions and comments.
Firearm Tip
While at the range with your firearm try shooting one handed, off handed, drawing and shooting from holster or even off a timer. Be sure to practice all of these. Being caught off guard is something that is very difficult to train for but face it, when attacks happen are often when people are less suspecting. Training like this will definitely help. Just remember to take it slow and safe. Speed will come with practice.
Feel free to contact us with any question or comments! We enjoy feedback and look forward to talking to you.

Can you accept the suck?

I have always been a reader (as my mom would call it). I was blessed with the ability to sit and read, not because I wanted to be able to converse with scholars about the subtleties of War and Peace, but because I loved the information. With that information my mind traveled to those distant places, I was hunting quail with Ruark , casting a fly to a tarpon with Hemingway and I was the chief elephant cropping officer right there next to Capstick. Literally I have read these books tens if not hundreds of times, and each time I was transported to a different time and place. so what does that have to do with survival, prepping and most of all a title like “Can you accept the suck”?

 

Well here it goes… “Accept the suck” pretty much means being able to actually deal with the situations. I have been reading a lot lately about peoples bug out plans. Their stashes and cashes, where they are going to go and what they think they will do. Elaborate plans for survival when the grid goes down, zombies attack, solar flares hit, there is an invasion, the ice caps melt, you name it, its going to happen. And there prepared! I understand the principle, some call it war games. You come up with a situation, then you find solutions. In all reality, that’s what the basis of prepping is. We have readily acceptable solutions in case of emergency. The one thing that our plans never take into account of is the “accept the suck” variable. How many of you work with (or are) a person who says “Don’t even talk to me, until I’ve had my coffee.” Well I’m pretty sure that there are not going find a whole lot of Dutch Bros coffee stands in your post apocalyptic scenario. I guess your bug out camp will be a quiet one. So what will you do about it? “I need a shower to wake up”, well running water may be a commodity, so are you gonna sleep forever then? Is a shower more important then a drink? I need a dip/smoke to calm down, and relax my nerves. (I hate to say it but this one relates to me too, damn Copenhagen.) Etc… so what do we do?

 

The last two books that I revisited were “The Revenant” by Michael Punke, and  “Ridgerunner: Elusive loner of the wilderness” by Richard Ripley. Both, at least in my opinion, address a lot of the actual issues that come with the idea. Both tell stories of characters that are placed into harsh situations and how they adapt and overcome them in a sense. In “The Revenant”, Hugh Glass crawls and stumbles some 200 miles (given he was fueled by rage, and a want for revenge) through South Dakota. He had been attacked by a bear, and crudely stitched back together before being left for dead. Glass’s leg had been fractured and throat cut during the attack, to the extent that he couldn’t walk or swallow for a fair amount of his journey. When he finally found water and food (if you want to refer to it as food) it was so uncomfortable to swallow that he would nearly lose CONSCIOUSNESS! Maybe he just needed a shower, a cup of joe and a wad of Redman huh? Probably not.

 

In “Ridgerunner: Elusive loner of the wilderness” William Clyde Morland (we will just refer to him as “Bill”) after guiding himself through a troubled childhood, decides to reject society and its laws and standards. Bill makes his way to the Clearwater area of northern Idaho to live “like a coyote”, for 27 years. (Yes years.) If you have never been to the Clearwater, (or any northern state for that matter) it goes a little something like this. Most places are steep enough to scare away mountain goats with climbing gear. Its hot in the summer, not Arizona hot, but 90’s are pretty normal. The bugs are super abundant, the yellow jackets, bald faced hornets and wasps always seem to be looking for a human snack any time that the suns up. Once the sun sets, there are enough mosquitoes to make the idea of carrying enough blood for a mild transfusion, seem like more of a “need” then a “want”. Then you have the winter. Some peaks on the divide maintain a snow-pack from September through July. Were not talking a cute little snow globe skiff of snow, we are talking low land snow up to the bellies of full grown elk, and snow deep enough to bury two story cabins in the upper reaches of the range. Bill chose to live there. He did take up residence in some NFS cabins, and he did steal what he could find, but never more then he needed. All this and not a hot shower or Thomas Hammer to be found any where. What gives?

 

So what am I getting at? Should we all get attacked by bears and crawl across the Badlands, or run off to the Frank Church wilderness and live in other people cabins eating cat food to prove that we are as “prepared”as we like to believe we are? Probably not. Should we learn to  deal with a little discomfort in order to better mentally and physically prepare ourselves? That sounds more like it to me. I like to think of it as a perpetual conditioning to adversity. For instance, try hopping into your car after its been sitting in the sun for 8 hours while your at work. Don’t hop in and immediately turn your air conditioning on . “Accept the suck” and drive a few miles with the windows up. You will be hot and uncomfortable. Then roll the windows down and drive for a few more miles. Immediately you will feel the oven like air escape and be replaced by the cool breeze. Then turn your a/c on. I know it seems stupid to put yourself through being roasted, just to prove a point. But its not a point your trying to prove, its gaining the ability to know your limits. You can do it with all walks of your life. Find your tolerances for hot and for cold, hunger and thirst, even something as simple as depriving yourself of an hour of sleep, one day a week, will give you a better understanding of how your body reacts. Everyone has something that provides them comfort, or that is part of there day to day routine. Try writing those items down, then listing them by rank of importance. Now try going without them. Some will be easy, some will be torture, but all in all, they all affect you in one way or another. By conditioning ourselves to live without, you are actually opening your eyes to what you can live with. We are, after all, simple creatures, that have complicated wants, and very few true needs. The more that we learn about ourselves, the closer we get to realizing that the most important piece of survival equipment we have isn’t in our packs, its under our hats

 

Grant Willoughby 4/23/2016.