READING TRACKS WHEN IT COMES TO SURVIVE

by Kyt Lyn Walken

Kyt Lyn Walken is the official European representative and instructor for Hull’s Tracking School (Virginia, USA), and she is a certified Conservation Ranger for C.R.O.W. (Conservation Rangers Operations Worldwide). She has been an outdoors and tracking enthusiast since childhood. Kyt lives and works in Europe even if she often travels overseas, and can be contacted at man-tracking.com

READING TRACKS

Any worst case scenario has its own features and what we can actually define ” rules of engagement “. Prohibitive weather conditions, lack of proper gear, absence of cardinal points or unavailability of connection for mobile phones (or GPS): if we add to that an inadequate preparedness we can easily find ourselves abandoning soon every hope to get out sound and safe.

I am pretty sure that all the readers of YEAR ZERO SURVIVAL have not only the proper skills to face quite any kind of challenge and adversity, but, most remarkable thing, they can count on an ideal mindset to do that.

As I often stress with my Students during Basic Tracking Classes, the starting point is ATTITUDE, which is strictly connected to MINDSET. The vanishing point is to give up. I know no Skills in which you can’t apply this perspective. The Art of Tracking makes no difference in that.

Our choices are always driven by our mindset and we gain benefits from them, if applied in the right moment and in the correct context. Personally speaking, I have been an Outdoor enthusiast all my life, but the needing of learning how to face an ongoing bad situation (and, consequently, how to fix it) came only with my mature age when I understood that accidents in life can easily happen. My approach to the Art of Tracking just crossed the same path, as from a young girl fascinated by those Native Americans in Western Movies I turned to be into an individual who deeply matured in her heart and mind the willing to learn how to read and follow tracks.

Basic Tracking

Necessity plus curiosity can spark, if united. So happened in my very own case, I can tell you. The critical point is: why should a person start to look at the ground, especially in an emergency situation? People who approach my classes often ask me that.

The answer is far away than being.. unphanthomale! Because the ground (and, sequentially, the entire environment you are in) provides us ALL the information we need to get out from a tough situation.

Search and Rescue Teams do know it very well, especially those who can count on the presence of Trackers inside their groups.

Trackers are not special breed persons. They didn’t deal with any Voodoo during their childhood and they are not guided by any Supernatural force when they inspect the ground to gain important information. They just rely on simple facts, and on Science. Their task is to read the ground, interpret what they see and follow the tracks which are of their interest. They collect clues (which are precious data for them) and put all the pieces together. In this manner, they can disclose how many persons passed on a specific trail, at what time, if they were carrying loads and so on.

Again, if they were women and/or men, if any animal passed before or after them, if anything relevant happened. I am talking of an unbelievable amount of information, I know.

If this can sound to you a bit odd, I recommend to do your researches on internet. A lot of cases – murders, mass killings and so on – have been solved applying the Art of Tracking. Yosemite Murders and Oklahoma City Bombing, both occurred in 1995, just to mention a couple.

​Any disappearing in the woods can be handled through the application of the Art of Tracking, which happens to be extremely effective even if she comes straight from Primitive Era. Technological developments, in fact, seem to have no effects in successfully replacing the feasibility of this skill, anytime, any place. And surely I am not the only one who claims that!

becoming a Tracker

Equally speaking, becoming a Tracker can be extremely useful if you find yourself lost, especially if you have no GPS and the connection is totally off.

Being stranded can surely be a good way to test your Survival (and Bushcraft, why not?) abilities, but we can’t ignore our very first instinct: move along before the darkness come, search for help. In few words, come back sound and safe.

Reading the tracks of other people on ground, for example, can lead you to a safe place: a parking area, the next road, and so on. No doubt you need to be almost very good in that, principally if the soil is clearly tough to read to the presence of rocks, gravel, leaves, grass and so on. Sandy and muddy soils are certainly precious aids in locating the trail to follow: on them, in fact, we can clearly see the outline of footprints.

Considering the case you are an experienced Tracker, backtracking yourself will be probably your very first choice. You may be familiar with your stride (the total length of your pace, measured from heel of left footprint to heel of right, or from toe to toe) and you know how to recognize the pattern (the design) of your boots.

proficient Tracker

Sounds easy, right? You can’t be more wrong. In fact, to reach even the lowest level of being a proficient Tracker, you should have gained experiences in years and years of “dirt time on ground” (as defined by Tracking’s terminology).

Every skill that can save your life requires that, and the ancient (and still so valuable!) art of reading, interpreting and following Tracks makes no exception.

Top Five Survival Knots That Everyone Should Know

Bundle of brown rope

The most essential survival tool available to you today is knowledge. Expensive, all-weather sleeping bags, weather-proof rucksacks and boots that cost more than your TV are all well and good, but when it comes down to it, survival is about ‘knowing’ how to survive. As the famed survival instructor Mors Kochanski said: “the more you know, the less you have to carry”.

Granted, heading out into the wilderness in just your underpants is not something we’d recommend. But, having the fundamental knowledge of being able to build shelter, find food, start a fire and have access to clean drinking water are all essentials to have stored away in your memory. Part of this fundamental learning process should be for you to understand key knots and how to tie them.

Here, we take a look at five knots that are vital for survivalists to have under their belt!

Bowline

Bowline knot laying on a table
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One of the sturdiest and strongest knots in the arsenal of a survivalist, the bowline knot is one that everyone should know. Its design means it can hold a lot of weight without the threat of untying, with the knot increasing in tightness the more pressure that is added.

Uses

A bowline can be used for a myriad of things, such as hanging objects and food from trees, or hanging things from your pack if you don’t have space inside, such as spare boots or cooking pots. If you’ve been hunting with your air rifle or a survival knife, you could also hang your catch from a tree to drain the blood and prepare it for cooking.

Additionally, the knot can be tied around oneself, even one-handed, which makes this one a useful style to have nailed down.

Disadvantages

When gravity is the sole force on the knot, such as things hanging straight down, then this is a great knot. However, when the bowline is pulled in a side-angled direction, it can loosen and potentially come undone.

Clove Hitch

Man tying clove hitch knot on wood
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Have you ever wondered how to make an effective fishing rod in the wild? Well, the clove hitch is what you’ll need. This particular knot is used to attach your rope or cord to another object, such as a long fishing pole. This is an effective knot and is super easy to tie.

Uses

Because the clove hitch can be adjusted without untying the knot, this makes it especially useful for raising or lowering heavy items. It could also be used for anchoring or creating a shelter.

Disadvantages

Much like you would check a tent when you’re camping, we’d suggest inspecting the knots regularly if you’re using them for a shelter for an extended period. Wind and rain may eventually loosen the tightness of the knots, so this is something to bear in mind. It’s also worth noting that the knot works best when there is constant pressure being applied, as this will keep it tight.

Half Hitch With/Without Bight

Man tying half hitch knot around a tree
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Have you ever wondered how to make an effective fishing rod in the wild? Well, the clove hitch is what you’ll need. This particular knot is used to attach your rope or cord to another object, such as a long fishing pole. This is an effective knot and is super easy to tie.

Uses

Because the clove hitch can be adjusted without untying the knot, this makes it especially useful for raising or lowering heavy items. It could also be used for anchoring or creating a shelter.

Disadvantages

Much like you would check a tent when you’re camping, we’d suggest inspecting the knots regularly if you’re using them for a shelter for an extended period. Wind and rain may eventually loosen the tightness of the knots, so this is something to bear in mind. It’s also worth noting that the knot works best when there is constant pressure being applied, as this will keep it tight.

Half Hitch With/Without Bight

Fishermans knot made from blue and red cord
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The fisherman’s knot is very good for a specific purpose: combining two separate pieces of cord or rope together without the risk of them untying. That being said, it serves this purpose extremely well and may help you out in a pinch!

Uses

The knot gets its name from the fact that this would often be the first one that anglers and fishermen would learn, as they would tie any loose pieces of line together and could also use it for attaching hooks to their line.

The knot doesn’t slip under strain either, making it good for climbing and the working ends can be cut close to the knot without the risk of failure, once the cord has been pulled tight.

Disadvantages

This knot is particularly difficult to untie, especially if you have cold or wet hands. In theory, this would be used as a permanent fixture rather than being something you may want to untie in the future.

Chain Sinnet

Chain sinnet knot made with yellow cord
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The chain sinnet is not necessarily a knot, rather a way to store rope when not in use. But, it does involve arranging the cord in such a way that it becomes easily accessible and doesn’t tangle, so for that reason, we’ve included it.

Uses

As mentioned, the chain sinnet is perfect for storing rope or cord when not in use and allows you to easily access it whenever you need it, without having to unravel or untangle anything. You can also access as much as you like without having to unfurl all of the cord, meaning that any you don’t need will remain in the chain formation.

Disadvantages

Outside of being useful for storing string, cord and rope, the chain sinnet doesn’t really serve too much of a purpose in the wider survival community. That being said, it will make your life easier, so it’s not one to completely ignore!

For more tips on survival and wilderness skills, including how to fish with basic equipment, check out our survival blog here!

Important Skills Survivalist and Preppers Need

Finding Food

Finding food in the wilderness is just a small piece of the challenge. Some people think that you can find food on bushes or animals roaming around and go back to eat. It’s a lot more difficult than you think it is to hunt down animals or even fishing. You will need to understand and learn the techniques so that you may practice.

You must understand what type of wild animals are actually worth eating in terms of how much energy you are putting in. Then you need to research what is the best way to bait them in and hunt them down.

The truth is that for survival, eating raw vegetables and fruits are better than anything else, but why stop there? You need to know where to find food and how to prepare it in the wilderness, before you will be ready to survive there. It’s no good going back to eat when you are dehydrated or starving because your family will be too hungry and too cold to eat. So what should you eat? Here are some suggestions for food in the wilderness: https://matteroftrust.org/62-edible-wild-plants-that-you-didnt-know-you-can-eat/

Shelter in the Wild

Finding shelter in the wilderness is a challenge that most people do not face every day. Most of the people who leave their homes and try to cross the wilderness are just a little crazy about adventure and have no idea what the right way to handle the situation. If you are in the same boat as these people, then your first step should be to get your mind off the wilderness and focus on yourself and your situation. Here are some tips and suggestions at Survivaltechie.com you can take to help you find a good place to stay in the wilderness.

Learning to identify which areas for building shelter is an essential part of planning. Depending on terrains and weather, it would be smart to know all the options. For example if you know it is going to be in a wet or rainy area; you would want to look for high ground areas with rocks. That way you can keep yourself and your equipment dry.

Finding shelter in the wilderness is a challenge

Are You Ready For Cooking in the Wild?

It is very important that any person considering a move to a remote area seeks out cooking in the wilderness insurance before making this decision. You want to be sure that you have an insurance policy that covers your needs if you become stranded and unable to get home by your own means. This is especially important if you are going to be cooking with your new family and trying to cook with the in-season ingredients that will be available in your new location.

cooking in the wilderness

Hunting Skills

Hunting in the woods is an adventure. It doesn’t have to be. It’s when we can be “wild” and a little off the grid. A hunter has the advantage in that he or she is not just in the woods, but with the weather as well. Some areas are quite hospitable to the hunter who knows how to handle the woods. Hunters are different from fishers, for example, because they don’t usually have a full time job; they get to spend their time hunting year round, and catching fish on the days they go fishing.

Hunting in the woods gives you an advantage over other hunters, and the entire game itself. Deer, rabbits, and even moose can be found in the woods. The best way to begin is to scout out a location. There are many places you can start. They range from horse camps to log homes, off of a creek, and even a hunting lodge.

When you get to the spot, you need to make sure it is safe for hunting. Not all areas are safe. One place you can go and ask is if the area will allow you to use a tractor in hunting in the woods. You’ll probably be told yes, but before you do, make sure you find out what the laws are, and make sure that the area you are hunting is hunting only. If there are animals and they are eating what you are taking, you could possibly be sued for a violation of the hunting laws. So always check to see if you can hunt in the woods. Whether it’s deer, moose, elk, bear, or even bear cubs, you never know what you might encounter.

Stay Prepared, Stay Resourceful

Being resourceful in the woods is hard work. You need to have the right knowledge of how to handle different kinds of situations that come your way.Resourceful in the woods starts with being aware of the weather. Know what it is going to be like before you head out. Being resourceful in the woods, also requires that you have a complete list of medicines, supplies, and equipment that you need to take with you when you go out to hunt. You may need to find emergency cell phone numbers or, even, an area where you can rest while you are out. It is important to know what to do if you get lost. Being resourceful does not just apply to the woods. If you ever find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere without food, water, or even shelter, being resourceful will allow you to survive. Knowing what to do when you are in the woods will also help you if you ever encounter an emergency situation.

Make Your Own Simple Faraday Box

A Faraday box is the easiest way of protecting most small electrical equipment that can be unplugged from the power source.

A Faraday box is a metal box designed to divert and soak up the EMP. If the object placed in the box is insulated from the inside surface of the box, it will not be affected by the EMP travelling around the outside metal surface of the box. The Faraday box simple and cheap and often provides more protection to electrical components than “hardening” through circuit designs which can’t be (or haven’t been) adequately tested.

Many containers are suitable for make-shift Faraday boxes: cake boxes, ammunition containers, metal filing cabinets and so on. Despite what you may have read or heard, these boxes do NOT have to be airtight due to the long wave length of EMP; boxes can be made of wire screen or other porous metal and be equally effective.

The Faraday box is a great solution assuming that you aren’t using the equipment when the event occurs.  (not likely)  It is highly advised that you prepare a “back-up plan” Faraday box filled and ready for such an occasion.  Shortwave radio, weather radio, small television, spare telephone and anything else you may need after.

Do remember that the power grid will likely be wiped out so anything you keep will have to run off of a fuel powered generator.  You should be focused on staying informed but not needlessly entertained.

Simple-Faraday-Box

The only two requirements for protection with a Faraday box are:

(1) The electrical equipment inside the box can’t touch the metal container. Insulating with cardboard, rubber, plastic or even wads of paper are acceptable methods.

(2) The metal shielding must be continuous. There can be no large holes or gaps in the shielding.

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Weightlifting for Survival – Because Being Strong Makes You Harder to Kill

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Survival of the fittest” and it is true. If you are strong and fit, you will have exponentially higher chances of surviving anything, even the end of the world. If you always want to increase your chances of survival before and after the doomsday, then you will like weightlifting for survival.

Why Does Weightlifting Help Your Chances of Survival?

Why Does Weightlifting Help Your Chances of Survival?

There are several ways weightlifting for strength can help you and yes, one of them is bashing zombie’s heads. Here are a few good reasons to start strength training right now:

Increases Muscle

Weightlifting is going to increase muscles not only in your legs but also in the arms. Coincidently, both the legs and the arms will come in handy once the radiation ghouls come for you. While weightlifting won’t increase your running stamina, it will help in jumping higher and faster. Bigger and healthier muscles mean you will be able to do extraneous tasks with ease too.

Lift More

With better muscles comes better lifting power. You can lift inventory more easily, lift chopped wood and even lift a person in an emergency. Lifting power is one perk that will come in handy even if the world doesn’t end either. Plus your arms will look amazing, which is always a good thing to have, just make sure you have ample T-shirts.

Less Back Injuries

Back pain is the worst! I only wish that on my worst enemies, which are mosquitoes. 

Having a strong back can help in almost all walks of life. You can lift without having tweaks in the back, you can sit for a longer period without any support and you can tie your laces without crying out in pain. 

A strong back means you will be able to do more without any hiccups in performance.

Scare Away Scavengers

After the world ends, people are going to eye your safe place for sure. One way to avoid scavengers is to have protection and another is to just scare them away with your awesome physique. 

This wouldn’t work well if they bring weapons, but at least you will look amazing when fighting them.

Get Better Mates

Your lineage must go on and for that, you need better mates in the post-apocalyptic world. 

Strong people attract strong mates, it’s just science. 

Jokes aside, having a strong body increases your endurance and survival and can, in theory, attract an equally awesome mate.

The Three Big Lifts

 Three Big Lifts build up your strength in an effective way

The Three Big Lifts build up your strength in an effective way:

Squat

This one is the easiest one, not to do but to understand. 

You place the barbell on your shoulders and squat. That may sound simple to do but after a couple of reps, you will start feeling the burn. This way you know it is working.

The most typical rep scheme is 3 sets of 5 reps.

Deadlift

The deadlift is not something you do after you slay a zombie. Well, technically this will come handy if you are going to hunt for food. Just like you want to bring in all the grocery bags in one trip, the deadlift is all about lifting weight with your arms. You grab the barbell and pull it upwards while standing.

Press

This one is a bit complicated and I recommend taking care while lifting. You simply press the barbell overhead like they do in the Olympics. I highly recommend you start with low weight on this one, I don’t want you to use your first aid kit on your head.

Where to learn the Big Three?

There are several sources you can consult for a better form. I recommend a great book named Starting Strength. Having a hard copy of that book is essential so even if the internet goes down, you will have the necessary knowledge safely secured.

The Equipment

To do weightlifting for survival, you will need some equipment. In an ideal situation, you would have a whole home gym in place with everything you’ll need however, you don’t exactly need a ton of stuff for weightlifting. Here is what you need:

The Rack

There are two types of squatting racks. One is a full rack that takes up more space but is a lot more secure. We have a list of some awesome full racks here. 

The other is a half-rack that takes less space but naturally doesn’t provide full security. Check out the best half rack list to get the best one for you. What you get depends on your needs and available space.

The Barbell

The barbell is the backbone that lifts the weights. And as a bonus, it can be a very handy melee weapon too. 

You don’t even need to splurge on the barbell, most are made with great quality materials that can last ages. Here’s a list of best Olympic barbells, I recommend the Olympic kind because they will be compatible with Olympic weights.

The Weights

You’re going to need a set of Olympic Plates to get started. We recommend finding these used in your area. We have a guide on our site to finding used home gym equipment.

If you are just starting a set of bumper plates can also be a great investment. They will not only cushion the impact if you let the barbell go from some height but also help in avoiding damages to the floor.

Conclusion:

Strength is one of the most important attributes to have to increase your survival rate. However, only strength is not enough, you need to build up agility and endurance too. That can be achieved with proper cardio and a good diet.

Making a home gym is not that hard though making room for one can be a real challenge. 

Some people just don’t have the luxury of an extra room they can convert into a gym. 

However, if you do have spare space to build a gym, visit our website for some awesome guides on how you can do so. Your garage, basement, garden shack, and even the attic can be repurposed into an awesome and affordable home gym!


Fishing for Survival

Back when humans still lived in caves, we’d catch fish with our bare hands. Fish were a staple part of our diet, and would give us the energy we needed to get through the day.

As a species, we still enjoy fish – but they’re generally caught on a mass scale. However, you might find yourself in a situation where you need to catch a fish in order to survive.

Luckily, fish thrive in most lakes, rivers, ponds and the ocean – so wherever you are on the globe, you’re probably going to be able to catch some dinner.

Knowing how to fish can be the difference between life and death, so keep reading for a guide on how you can catch fish for survival, without a fishing rod.

Why Fish?

One fish could sustain you for a whole day, spread across as many as three meals.

Fish is a generally low fat food, rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is great for your body and your brain.

fishing to survive

Fish are also full of protein, which is the building block of our bones, muscles, skin, and blood. Protein is a necessity if you’re hoping to survive in the wild. Protein promotes muscle growth, and helps maintain muscle mass.

On average, one fish provides around 19.5 grams of protein per 100 grams, which is almost as high as the amount of protein found in steak per 100 grams.

If you’re near the ocean, then you’re in luck – as you can eat most ocean fish raw. This is great, especially if you don’t have any fire-lighting equipment.

Methods

Fish can be difficult to catch at the best of times, even with the most hi-tech equipment and gadgets.

In a survival situation, the key is to keep your head on your shoulders and stay calm. Remember these fishing tips, and you should be able to catch fish with little-to-no equipment.

Hand Fishing

Hand fishing is just about as primitive as fishing gets, and can be a life saving action if you have no supplies whatsoever with you.

If you’re desperate for food, you may be tempted to wade into the water and try to grab a fish yourself.

hand fishing

This sounds like an ideal solution when you can almost taste the fish, but it’s a bad idea. You could get hypothermia from standing in the cold and wet clothes for hours. You’re far safer keeping dry.

Lie down with your arm in the water, and wait. That’s all there is to it. You must stay as still as possible and let your arm adjust to the water temperature. Fish will sense that your arm is warmer than the surroundings, so keep your arm submerged until it cools down and stops radiating heat.

When your arm has cooled down, nearby fish will most likely assume its a rock or vegetation, and swim near it without caution.

Then you should do a “come hither” motion with your finger, and chances are, the fish will mistake your finger for a struggling worm or insect.

Try to fight your instinct to just grab the fish by the torso, and instead, grab the fish from under the gills. The hard cartilage and bone there make it the perfect area to get a strong grip of the fish.

Once you’ve got a good hold of it, throw it onto the shore/ river bank – you’ve caught your dinner and you’ll live to see another day.

Fish Spear

Spearfishing can be a difficult task, and has a relatively low success rate due to lack of technique. It requires patience and concentration, so be sure that your head is in the game before you submerge yourself.

The best place to spear a fish is in a shallow and enclosed body of water, like a pool or pond – where the fish can’t really get away from you. Shallow water is also a perfect location as it means your body won’t be fully submerged, which means less chance of getting hypothermia.

The good thing about spear fishing is that you can do it with virtually no equipment – even a stick could impale a fish.

Once you’ve spotted the fish, aim for the skull – where the spine connects. This is the most humane way to kill a fish, as it kills the fish instantly and is virtually painless.

Fish Wall

Creating a small wall will block the fish and prevent them from escaping your grasp. This works best in a river – you dam the river a few feet after a bend, so the fish won’t even realize that the river flow has been obstructed.

fishing methods

You can create this wall with either stones, rocks, or sticks. The fish will keep circling, swimming near the dam – so you can successfully grab the fish with your hands, or spear it with whatever sharp object you have to hand.

Conclusion

You can successfully catch fish with no equipment – if humans could do it thousands of years ago, why can’t we do it today?

Learning how to catch fish is the key to surviving in the wilderness – it’s possible to survive off fish alone.

Hopefully you won’t ever need to use these tips, but if you do, they could save your life.

Happy surviving!

Survival Tips on How to Hunt and Trap Small Game

As you may already know, we can go without food for 3 to 4 weeks. This depends largely on the individual needs of the body. Things like body fat percentage and metabolic rate also come into play here. Without food, internal organs “shut down” progressively due to caloric deficit. It inevitably leads to death.

That said, it is critical to have survival skills in procuring food to stay alive in the wilderness. Edible wild plants can be of great help but they aren’t enough. In survival situations, it is very important to find and eat animal source foods that give more energy. This usually involves trapping and hunting.

Ungulates (such as moose, deer, and elk) and other big animals are difficult to hunt. What’s more, big-game hunting will considerably increase your caloric expenditure and make you even more fatigued. Small animals are a more reliable food source. That’s why you should hunt small game for survival rather than pursuing large animals.

hunting small prey

Learn More About Your Prey

Try to find out what kinds of animals and birds are most common in the area you will be hunting. Pay particular attention to small critters like squirrels, rabbits, packrats, chipmunks, raccoons, waterfowls, and doves.

You should also learn about their habitats, habits, and food choices. Since small game animals usually use the same tracks to travel, you should have a good understanding of how their trails look like. These animals tend to travel along the shores and edges of the open ground, clinging to places covered by dense vegetation.

Sharpen Your Stalking Skills

Here are a few tips for stalking small game:

  • Go slowly and walk fluidly, especially when stepping over an obstacle.
  • Avoid sudden, fast movements.
  • Relax and take breaks often.
  • Scrutinize the entire area – from the forest floor to treetop.
  • Look for the animal tracks along creek banks and muddy paths.
  • Listen to the animal sounds like squeaks, scraping, and chirping noises.

Select the Proper Ammunition and Firearm

A firearm is no doubt the most powerful tool for small-game hunting. Yet you must choose the right weapon and ammo. For example, the air rifle is considered the best option for squirrel hunting. Check the Gun Forest review for the best air rifles for squirrels.

The .22 rimfire rifle is also very popular when it comes to survival hunting. If you opt for this rifle, then you will need .22 long rifle ammunition for best results. Besides, a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun is useful for small-game hunting as well.

trap your prey

Make Small Game Traps

As a passive hunting method, trapping allows you to deal with other chores while waiting for the animals to get caught up. It is always a good idea to make a lot of traps for small game. From wooden rat traps to cable snares, there is a wide range of ready-to-use traps available. Many adventurers prefer making traps on their own, though.

Be Prepared for a Wilderness Hunt!

Planning to go into the wilderness? Be sure to prepare yourself for such a challenging adventure. Aside from getting mentally and physically ready for the great outdoors, you also need to learn how to trap and hunt small game before heading into the wilderness. This will increase your chances of surviving in the wild.

Top 5 Attractions to Visit on Your Tibet Tour

Tibet is a land full of mysticism and natural beauty. There are plenty of remote Buddhist monasteries and an incredibly hospitable environment. It is one of the unique travel experiences that you are going to have, so it’s an excellent idea for people who want to visit remote places.

Nestled on the top of the Tibetan Plateau, Tibet is an autonomous region that is accessible from Nepal as well as China (you can get a train from Beijing as well). There are hundreds of things to do and see. When we asked our fellow tour agencies about their customer’s experience, this is the answer that we usually get: Many travelers who went on a Tibet Tour are immediately amazed by the simplicity and satisfaction of the people who live there.

Most of the people in Tibet are incredibly religious, and Buddhism is the most popular religion here. They are incredibly helpful and peaceful people who are very welcoming. Needless to say, your Tibet tour is going to be incredibly amazing. But, if you are interested in visiting Tibet, you should consider making an itinerary. There are several places that you might be interested in visiting, so you need to decide accordingly.

Here are the top 5 attractions that you should visit on your Tibet tour.

Mt Kailash

1. Mount Kailash

The most sacred peak in all of the Himalayan Mountains, Mount Kailash, is widely regarded as the number one destination in all of Tibet. People from all over the region take pilgrimages to this holy site. It is situated in the western Ngari’s prefecture, almost 1,200 km from the capital of Lhasa. Compared to other peaks in the Himalayas, it certainly doesn’t rise as high, but it is still regarded by many as an incredibly holy site.

Every year, thousands of Hindus and Buddhists undertake the 52 km pilgrimage around the mountain. While a journey to Kailash may take a few days, it’s definitely worth it. You can feel the spirituality radiating from the mountain. The mountain is situated near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal. It’s one of the only unclimbed peaks in the Himalayas and has been described as utterly “unclimbable” due to its geology. If you want to feel the real Tibetan Buddhism, include Kailash trek in your Tibet tour.

sunrise-everest-rongbuk-monastery

2. The Everest Base Camp

The North Side of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, is accessible from Tibet. Each year, hundreds of mountaineers and tourists include visiting the Everest Base Camp as part of their Tibet tour.  Some want to take on the challenge of climbing the mountain, while others want to simply stand in awe at the majestic views of the peak extending above them, casting a shadow in another country.

Everest can be climbed from two sides: the North and the South. The North is widely regarded by many as a more difficult attempt, and it was the choice for George Mallory’s expedition, which lost its way back in 1924. Quite a few deaths have occurred on the mountain over time. But, the 8 to 10-day journey to Everest Base Camp from Lhasa is one of the most rewarding journeys you will ever undertake.

namtso lake

3. Namtso Lake

Nam Tso Lake is situated around 5 hours away from the capital city of Lhasa. It’s at an elevation of 4,718 meters, so when you first land in Lhasa, you will need a day to rest and acclimatize. It is the largest lake in all of the Tibetan autonomous region and is arguably one of the most beautiful lakes that you are going to see. During the summer months, you can see nomads moving around the lake as they travel from one part of the area to another.

4. Guge Kingdom

The far west side of Tibet is home to the Guge Kingdom. It’s an astonishing place that many people who go on Tibet tour completely fail to see. And it’s a crying shame too because it’s such a beautiful sight.

The Guge Kingdom was established in the 10th century and was a major Buddhist center for almost 700 years. The Tsaparang Citadel is the most popular place here, which is just 20 kilometers outside of the main town. There is an intricate set of caves running near the base of the mountain. You can explore the Guge Kingdom, and it’s highly recommended that you take a guide along with you who can show you the many beautiful places and explain to you the significance.

Lhasa

5. Lhasa

Lhasa is your landing destination on your Tibet tour. From the capital city, you will begin your once in a lifetime experience in Tibet. It is advisable to explore the city in full. No trip to Tibet is complete if you don’t visit and explore Lhasa. Home to the Potala Palace (which is one of the most prominent things you will notice on the skyline), Lhasa is the cultural capital as well. There are many monasteries here as well, such as Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, and others. Other attractions include Barkhor Street and the Old City of Lhasa.