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November 28, 2017 at 1:23 pm #53680
Brian Du FresneSurvivalist
Hello, I am Cactus a survivalist from southern Nevada, I am a US Army Vet a night club security specialist which is a super polite way a saying I am a glorified Bouncer. I am currently skilled in desert survival and am super interested in urban skills simply because I live in a major city now. I hope to learn new ideas and which skill-sets that I need to develop.
I wish you all the best and hope to learn more about ya.
CactusNovember 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm #53681
Welcome, pull up a chair and stay a spell.
Always nice to have a new face around, as it were.November 28, 2017 at 2:18 pm #53683
Welcome !November 28, 2017 at 3:51 pm #53745
Welcome here Cactus!November 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm #53750
Welcome, Cactus! There has more recently been a majority of political frustration posted in some of the threads here in the Forum, and we’ve lost contact with many of the old regulars (particularly the ones outside the U.S. – all valuable!). Please don’t let that fool you about the major current value of this site. There is a wealth of information dating back several years on a variety of survival and preparedness topics, particularly including urban skills (Selco’s unfortunately necessary specialty that he’s been so willing to share with others).
Unfortunately, the “search” and “tag” functions do not seem to work here, but the major Forum topics toward the upper right corner of each page will get you started. You’ll find page, after page, after page containing a wealth of information in each topic, generally going back several years in each case. And please add what you can – it’s all appreciated. Thanks for being here. You’re among friends, and many of us have military backgrounds, not surprisingly.November 28, 2017 at 10:10 pm #53775
Cactus , being from the Southwest myself , the best advice I could give somebody still in that part of the country is this : LEAVE ! . I came to the conclusion that the desert ( Arizona , Nevada , or otherwise ) is the worst place to be from a SHTF point of view . Not to mention the land will not support you in any way , should the worst take place in your life . If your not stuck there for the usual reasons , I would seriously look into relocating to a different part of the country , many possibilities that would give you a fighting chance , just by sake of being there . Even urban survival in the Southwest will be harder …………….as the water is going to go fast ! , Especially if your in Vegas or around Vegas . I’m from AZ , I chose to move to Maine …………………..one of the best choices I have made in my life . If SHTF , I know I’m going to start out FAR better off , just by being here , than the odds stacked against you from day one , because of the screwed up people, and environment the Southwest has to offer .November 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm #53785
Much to his advantage,
I am currently skilled in desert survival
I suspect he’s got a leg up on most of us, fortunately. I got water survival as part of SEER training, but not desert, since that was the biggie back in ‘Nam days. He’s fortunate to have a skill few except southwestern Native Americans have any longer.November 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm #53853<a href=”http://community.shtfschool.com/forums/topic/hey-
Cactus , being from the Southwest myself , the best advice I could give somebody still in that part of the country is this : LEAVE ! . I came to the conclusion that the desert ( Arizona , Nevada , or otherwise ) is the worst place to be from a SHTF point of view . Not to mention the land will not support you in any way , should the worst take place in your life . If your not stuck there for the usual reasons , I would seriously look into relocating to a different part of the country , many possibilities that would give you a fighting chance , just by sake of being there . Even urban survival in the Southwest will be harder …………….as the water is going to go fast ! , Especially if your in Vegas or around Vegas . I’m from AZ , I chose to move to Maine …………………..one of the best choices I have made in my life . If SHTF , I know I’m going to start out FAR better off , just by being here , than the odds stacked against you from day one , because of the screwed up people,
I second what Tolik said. Desert regions are amongst the worst places to be. There is a reason few live in such places. Location location location. I had relocated from MA to VT and in doing so chose my new community and specific property with SHTF in mind, livable in the here and now, and better than most come SHTF.
November 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm #53855
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Problem is , the population in the southwest is very large , the land is very poor . Nevada is worse than Arizona that way . Problem with any ‘ survival ” skills learned from the military , or otherwise , is that its only meant for short term . Just enough to get by , while your en route to civilization with proper infrastructure . Useful yes , but that is not the same as the skills of say , the Bedouin have , because its actually a permanent way of life for them . So in that respect , anything the military or an organization could teach you , is only of marginal value at best , if you dont live the life , and fully understand the land in the region of where you live . The Southwestern deserts in the US , are far different than the ones in Saudi Arabia or Iraq , different plants , animals , etc . , and unfortunately , being able to live off the land for any length of time out there , are skills that take years of constant practice to learn . Even where I live , where water is not an issue , with plenty of game , fishing , and raw materials for shelter , its not going to be a cake walk . I have no illusions that it would be one of the hardest things a person can do …….and thats in the summer , but at least the land will support you here . Interesting thing is , when I still lived there , I was always looking for areas that would be a relatively safe place to hang out for a short time , because of the remoteness , and difficulty getting there . One place I came up with was Death Valley . LOL , yes Death Valley , nobody in their right mind would choose to go there if they didnt know anything about the place . There IS water in Death Valley , however , some of the places where the springs are , are so remote , and rugged , that it takes a lot of water just to get there . The locations are only accessible on foot , and you have to cross some of the most god forsaken land , and fight rugged mountains to reach it . Some brave hikers do , but not many make the attempt , as it takes more than a day to do it . SHTF , the trogs would avoid places like that , and rightfully so . I thought of that , because Beaty NV , is the nearest town to the National Park , and only a couple of hours away from Las Vegas . I know of more friendly remote areas in Arizona , but that wouldnt do him any good in NV . Cactus , glad you arrived , as like GS said , we are willing to give any help we can , and sometimes just by asking the question , helps us get back on mental track . In that respect , we should thank you .December 3, 2017 at 1:53 am #54569
Welcome Brian. As others have noted there is a lot of good stuff in the archives despite what seems to be mostly political chatter in more recent times. It would be great to get back to prep discussions.
I will also second the thoughts about the arid southwest not being a good place to be come SHTF, at least for most. You may well be the exception to the rule given your personal expertise, but still, climate is an issue.December 3, 2017 at 4:41 am #54598
… but still, climate is an issue.
Of course there’s always that snow and body-numbing cold thing in certain other parts, such as VT and ME.
We’re still harvesting chard, lettuce, broccoli, and collards down here. Making a sandwich? Go out the back door, cut a couple of pieces of nice, totally fresh red leaf lettuce, rinse it off quickly, and happily enjoy. Very little watering this year, best production ever (continuous harvest of various things since last spring and still only looking at one or two days barely touching 32° next week). And not a chemical used all year – just a little diatomaceous earth one time for critters. Even the hurricanes didn’t wipe anything out! (Yes, I admit – this place is for the old sissies that have forgotten much of what we learned in SEER school nearly a half century ago. Besides, that focused on E&E due to the time period and threat, and was held up in the Washington mountains near the Canadian border in February. LOL!)December 3, 2017 at 6:08 am #54602
LOL , true that , but at least its not Siberia . Although come March / April , we are more than ready for it to go away .December 3, 2017 at 7:07 pm #54609
GS, embrace the cold. It is refreshing, and then take a nap near the wood stove. Life is good in the frozen north.
I will agree with Tolik though. Come March and April, we’re ready for winter to be over.December 4, 2017 at 12:08 am #54610
Howdy, Cactus! I’m a fellow natural desert rat, though as economic refugee, I moved out years ago … to SF Bay area(!) Mrs. Tec & I are in (long, slow) process of moving again, which is why I was so late to this party. Glad to have new input & wish you well in your preparations. Heat & cold are conditions people can live in … if prepared. My mental thermostat’s better set to enjoy a dry 120 F than a wet 0 F, but that’s just preference. Prepared, I can cope with either. Let us know how it goes.
Cry, "Treason!"March 22, 2018 at 3:32 pm #65584
City life will make you soft and infect you with hedonism. You will look into the abyss, and the abyss will stare back at you. That from a glorified city hater.
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