Survival Myths That Could End You!
Date: 2019-07-18 22:45:00
The dangers of inaccurate advice for enduring the elements! From the cold weather mistakes you dare not commit to the dangers of dining with Mother Nature.
#12 Bear Necessity
From comics to cartoons and plenty of live action films, the common defense taught through media when encountering a bear couldn’t be more wrong. While the advertised technique of impersonating a corpse might work in the very specific situation of running across a mother grizzly bear tending to her cubs, it will most likely fail in other situations. Hungry, predatory bears will not be fooled by your ruse and its recommended you fight back against any that approach you, especially when faced with a black bear!
#11 Rubbing Frostbite
This past winter was one of the coldest in decades and people across the world ran the risk of frostbite in the harsh chilly months. Natural instinct would provoke most to turn to friction in such an emergency, relying on the time-tested method of rubbing one’s’ hands or toes together to beat the cold. However, when it comes to frostbite, this could be the worst possible choice. Friction can cause tissue damage on the affected areas due to the embedded ice crystals being forced to scrape against highly fragile cells. This damage can double if done while still out in the cold, as well, given the likelihood for the frostbitten areas to refreeze at a later time. Therefore it is recommended you seek out shelter from the elements and medical attention as soon as possible to deal with frostbite.
#10 Misleading Moss
Pop culture has told us that seeking the correct direction is as easy as examining moss on a tree trunk. Whichever side the moss grows on is north…right? Well, not quite, contrary to what your favorite survival flick might say. In truth, moss grows in accordance with moisture and sunlight. The slope of the surface it grows on also plays a role. Being able to decipher the difference in these factors will help you determine which direction the moss is actually growing on. Over time, especially thanks to widespread media portrayals, this process has been diluted down to a neat “nature hack” of sorts in the minds of many. The reality is that it requires much more knowledge of nature and ecosystems to be able to navigate home using this method.