Advanced Wilderness Survival Skills

Advanced Wilderness Survival SkillsMore specialized and refined skills are needed to survive survival situations lasting more than a few days and also for extreme environments.


It doesn't matter how carefully you monitor your sweating--you will soon need to find a water source and make the water fit for drinking. These sources vary with environment and the water can be treated with boiling.


A fire enables cooking, provides warmth, and signals rescuers. Finding suitable tinder material may be difficult and many outdoorsmen carry lent or pre-made tinder products for this reason. Practice this skill with materials you expect you might find. Creating fire from friction sources or finding suitable pieces of flint are low probability options for most people.

Advanced Knots and Lashings

Square lashing, diagonal lashing, sheer lashing, tripod lashing, bowline on a bight, and three-loop bowline are examples of some of the more advanced knots used in survival situations. All knots require repetitive and continuous practice to achieve and maintain proficiency.

Finding Food

Gathering plants and animals, trapping, fishing, and hunting can provide a food source but require a well-developed level of background knowledge. For example, a fair amount of competence is required to correctly identify some edible plants from non-edible, sometimes poisonous plants.

Advanced Shelters

Construction of teepees, raised beds, hammocks and huts require technical skills and extensive resource gathering but provide a much greater level of protection from the elements.

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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