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    Becoming an Adventurer

    So I recently took am interest in "adventuring" like the characters in Genshin impact. There are a skills I need to learn like Foraging, navigation (by land and by the stars) as well as sewing and crafting but what else should I learn?
    I'm doing this on my "saving for Japan" timetable so I have 3 years to learn and practice these techniques.

    If you have any tips such as skills to learn, books to read or YouTube videos to watch please leave me a comment.

    #2
    I can recommend the SAS Survival Handbook by John Wiseman. It's the absolute standard book for Survival and I always had it with me when I was trekking and travelling on foot.
    Learn to read maps and use a compass, as well as the orienteering via natural signs. If you plan to travel through woods, learn to identify tracks and other signs of the local wildlife, because identifying a boar being close by can save your life.
    Learn to read the weather.
    Get a good knife, you'll need it.
    Learn to live with the essentials and how to pack your bag efficiently.
    There's a lot more but I'd have to dig through my holey memory. The Survival Handbook is a good starting point, though. No idea about videos, but most things you can learn yourself by trial and error (in a safe environment)

    Edit: I forgot: Learn First Aid. Seriously, I can't stress this enough. Learn First Aid. If you feel up to it. learn how to tend to open wounds. I practised on pig skin. You can get that cheap or for free from a butcher. Learn how to disinfect wounds. Learn how to set broken bones. This is important. You don't want to have an open wound in the forest without knowing how to treat it and be forced to fudge it. Trust me.

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      #3
      I have done some adventuring in my life, and whether in the wilds or in cities, you are going to walk a lot. One day in Kyoto we walked over 30 km, and have done similar numbers elsewhere too.

      To some degree it depends on the adventures that you are doing. Something as simple as setting up camp is important but often overlooked for instance. Equally people think that urban navigation means just following a GPS. Start with the basics and you will find what you want to specialize in.

      Though First Aid is a really good idea too.

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        #4
        lofivelcro Northern Ireland doesn't have boar.
        I actually fainted the last time I cut myself but tending to an open wound would be useful. Got any good video tutorials that show how to stitch a cut?
        I did first aid during my cadet days and still have a Saint John's Ambulance handbook and I bought a first first aid kit a few months ago, it needs restocked though.

        Tracking would come in handy but I'd need to look at NI guidelines on trapping and killing...
        Last edited by Aether; August 21, 2021, 07:15 PM.

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          #5
          Ha, I'm not familiar with Northern Ireland's fauna, but that's good to know. Or sad, if you like hunting boar. Your take, I guess
          I don't have video tutorials, I'm not a big help when it comes to videos. I'm sure you won't have trouble finding a lot and trying them out.
          Learning to build traps is something you can do regardless of the laws of your country. You probably won't come into the situation, but if your survival depends on it, it's a useful skill that you should employ without caring for the laws. But like I said, it probably won't happen. Still, fun to learn. You can also look into how to fish with simple methods and materials. Btw, killing, skinning and preparing rabbits for food is probably the easiest to do of all the animals. If you're interested in going that route, you could look into getting a hunter's licence and the needed training.
          Other things that came to mind since my last post:
          Learn the limits of your body. You can do that at home already, for example, see how long you can go without food and how your body reacts to that. If you have a garden, sleep a few nights under the open sky.
          If you go on your first hikes, treks, whatever, and you have people that care for you, tell them what you're planning to do, where you're planning to go and when you're planning to return. Write a note with everything on it. This is important in the beginning if you're a novice, especially if you're going alone. If no one comes to mind, tell anyone you see regularly (I'm not kidding, I handed a note with all the info to a cashier girl in a supermarket that smiled at me whenever I bought stuff).

          If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I travelled a lot on foot for days and might help you.

          Last tip: Don't eat mushrooms if you're not 100% sure that it's edible. Nah, make that 1000%. Mushrooms are tricky.

          Edit: Oh, and what CaptainCanuck said. Get walking endurance. It helps.

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            #6
            Just re-discovered a link to an old site that might help you a bit: http://www.artoftravel.com/
            Some of the information is probably outdated by now, but there's still a lot to learn from it.

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              #7
              lofivelcro thanks but that site is unprotected so I won't use it. I bought the sas survival handbook.

              I talked to my parents and they don't think it's a good idea rn, to much violence is happening in NI atm, a pair in Portrush recently got the shit beat out of them by a group of 20 boys.

              I have a second plan that I'm stealing from a guy who does charity work in Coleraine. He did a walk from Coleraine (NI) to Cork (ROI) but did it by walking around Coleraine to the same distance.

              I am going to do a camping equivalent but ad all the land over here is privateprivately owned so I need to check the council rules first.

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                #8
                The site just doesn't use https. If you want to visit it regardless, just add the https yourself. It's perfectly safe and has lots of great tips. Here's the same link again: https://www.artoftravel.com/

                Hope the survival handbook helps you, I've started to read it again thanks to your thread.

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                  #9
                  lofivelcro thanks, I might look at it some time (I say that but never follow through 😔)
                  I'm currently thinking how I can practice without having to do a lot of travelling (countries not safe rn).

                  I bought the handbook but my brother was just like "it was pointless spending" and he may be right, I may get a few weeks into it and get distracted by the next shiny thing to do but there may come a time when he's glad I have the book.

                  Got any tips on how to practice without doing long distance travel, overnight wild camping or to much bushcraft? (I swear this country is completely against having fun). Right off the bat, I can forage so that's good, I'm going to start a vegetable garden/greenhouse with my dad (next year) (got some already) and I could do carving (I have a basic carpentry set).

                  It all has to be stuff I can do alone, I haven't got help with any of this.

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                    #10
                    You can do a lot, actually. If you have access to some basic materials, you can practise carving (like you already mentioned), basic trap making, sleeping under the open sky (if you have a small garden) or building a makeshift tent. You can build your willpower by going without food for extended periods of time. You can build your endurance, because that's what you need the most.You can teach yourself sewing, you only need old fabric, needles and yarn for that. You can practise reading the weather. You can look up ways to collect and purify water and see where outside your home you can do that.
                    Try to build a bow and make your own arrows, that's a fun project that takes some time and keeps you busy. I don't have the laws of northern Ireland regarding bows in my head, but building them shouldn't be an issue.
                    If you have some place where you can safely practise to make fire, do that.
                    You can learn reading the night sky and reading maps.
                    Another fun thing for you might be trying to cook a hearty meal with as few ingredients as you can, in only a pan or a pot.
                    There's a lot of things you can try by yourself at home, if you're creative.

                    And don't worry about the book, it's an investment you've made once and if you treat it well, it will be a lifelong companion.

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                      #11
                      My first survival project is building a medical kit all recommendations welcome but they must be easy to aquire (for restocking purposes).

                      I guess I will be walking a lot so blister plasters are my first item but what else could I get?

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                        #12
                        What I've already written in your check-in thread. Aside from that, try to avoid getting blisters by getting the best boots/shoes you can afford and break them in before you go on your first hike. Nothing wrong with planning ahead if you're afraid of blisters, but it's best to take care to not get them in the first place. How good are you at being on your feet for a long time, btw?

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                          #13
                          lofivelcro I was a sea cadet (a youth group based on the Royal Navy) so I was very good on my feet... nowadays maybe not as good.

                          I made a note of the stuff you suggested, I also added Blister plasters and medical tape.
                          My dad found a bandage in the car that he's had for a while and I have found that someone has used all my normal plasters.

                          Medical kit restock plan
                          Disinfectant spray
                          Blister plasters
                          Bandages (may be hard to get a good supply)
                          Medical tape

                          Any other suggestsuggestions? 🤔

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                            #14
                            Good going so far, I'd suggest taking shorter trips at first, to build up endurance and to get your feet into shape. If you feel up to it, you could even try walking barefoot, to get some nice calluses. Some people swear by them, others think they make walking in boots more uncomfortable. I have a lot and think you just have to take care of them.
                            I'll add painkillers to the kit, especially when you start taking longer trips that last more than a day. And leukoplast, if you know what I mean. I don't know if it's called the same in English. It's some kind of plaster tape that can help a lot in a pinch when your hands are shaky and you want to put a bandage on. The rolls typically are not that big and fairly light. I wonder if the medical tape you've listed is the same.
                            Bandages you should get in every apothecary.
                            If you want to go all out, you could look into zinc salve for treating wounds.

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                              #15
                              lofivelcro oh I forgot to list it but is on my shopping list on my phone.

                              So rn, between my BJJ, PT and house keep... my wallet is going to be a little bare this week. Doesn't help I have lost 2 hours work due to slow days but I may have a new job and one that has better hours, more fun work and a good schedule but I have to wait and see.

                              I won't be going super advanced on my med kit, it'll probably have to be looked at again because today my dad had to use 2 of the sticky dressings I had cause he cut his hand and someone used all my plasters...

                              So I am going to (hopefully) get to the chemist on Wednesday (day off work) and buy a few bits and bobs but it depends on how much money I have left after I buy my BJJ gi, pay for the upkeep of the family/house and pay the gym fees (I also am overdue for paying for the gym snapback I bought 2 weeks ago).

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