Prepared for Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Editor's Note: Today, part two in our survival series by Paul Markel

Continuing our series on wilderness survival, no one ever plans to get lost or to be injured and stranded in the woods. Just as we don't wear our seat belt because we "plan" to be in a crash and we don't have a fire extinguisher in our kitchen because we "plan" to have a fire. We don't carry survival gear because we are expecting an emergency, we carry it because we realize that we live in an imperfect world and sometime emergencies happen. We cannot sterilize the world, but we can indeed prepare ourselves to deal with unforeseen crisis.

One of the biggest killers of people who get lost or stranded is dehydration. Human need water. There is no getting around it. When your body starts to dehydrate it not only affect you physically, but mentally. Your brain does not like to be short on water. Dehydration leads to a clouded and confused mind. You start making poor decisions and your situation goes from bad to worse and then potentially to fatal.

Find Water

If you are lost in the woods of North America, finding water is doable. Rivers, streams, creeks, lakes and ponds abound in the green forests. In rocky areas, you will often find shallow pools of water in depressions or "rock bowls". Remember, water flow DOWNHILL, look for water at the bottom. Damp, muddy soil can be scooped into a T-shirt and wrung out. (Yes, it's nasty, but so is dying of dehydration). Snow can be collected in a cloth sack/pouch and slowly melted into a container.
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