We’re on week 2 of season 2 of The Colony. The colonists FINALLY decide to get serious about security.
– Exhausted, dirty, & sore. If your normal, everyday life is not strenuous, you need to expect the first few weeks of survival to be exhausting. You also need to be prepared to take care of additional injuries…particularly on your hands…by keeping a healthy supply of antiseptics like hydrogen peroxide and iodine, antibiotic ointments, and bandages on hand and current.
– Proper tools are important…the ability to improvise adapt, and overcome is more important. This is a skill that you can and should practice in your everyday life.
– Using car batteries for powering tools. I go into depth about this in the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival course, but car batteries aren’t meant to run tools or appliances. They’re made to throw out a LOT of amperage for a short amount of time and then get recharged immediately. They will die very quickly if you discharge them very much at all.
The proper type of battery for running appliances, tools, etc. are house batteries, deep cycle batteries, and sometime marine batteries.
– Speaking of improvising, adapting, and overcoming, rendering the pigs into fuel to run the tractor was a great idea!
– Trapping is usually more efficient than fishing or hunting. The trick is to set lots of traps, or BIG traps, depending on the kind of trap.
– Learning mechanical skills are very beneficial in a survival situation. The female auto mechanic seems to have some of the most useful skills so far because of her mechanical skills.
– In a survival situation, it’s better to pin snakes before grabbing them, even non poisonous ones. The reason for this is that non-poisonous snakes still have bacteria in their mouths and the risk of infection from a scratch or bite isn’t worth it if you have another option.
– Successful survival doesn’t necessarily mean recreating all of the creature comforts that you currently have. One of the girls used drinking water to wash her hair…not smart. And, at the end, they showed flourescent lights running off of their car batteries…the flourescent lights may not pull enough current to matter, but they’ve got enough wood around that contained fires would be a smarter use of resources.
What did you think? What problems did you pick up and what lessons did you learn? Did the show make you decide to learn any new skills? If so, what? Share your thoughts by commenting below.