Nothing’s taboo with survivalist Cody Lundin, and that’s a darn good thing if you’re going to arm yourself with enough knowledge to get your backside out of a scary situation when things go wrong on an adventure.
Packed full of wisdom to keep you safe and get you out of all kinds of jams, Cody’s original book, “98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive” is still one of the top-rated survival guides on Amazon 11 years after it’s first publication.
A couple years later he followed up with an urban survival guide, entitled “When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes“, that smacks with the same kind of common-sense (if not sometimes just a little gross, but necessarily so) advice for staying safe, and making it out with all your limbs in tact. (Kind of important for an adventure diva, no?)
The video above is an interview Cody did with “Talking Stick TV” out of Seattle, where he shared tips from the second guide. While it may be geared toward surviving an urban disaster, much of the wisdom would be mighty useful if you’re an adventure diva on a trek, and things go badly. From sanitizing water, to dealing with injuries, catching and cooking a rat (you just rolled your eyes, didn’t you?) and, well, poop, Lundin leaves no survival rock unturned, and you’ll thank him for both the laughs and the bumper crop of improvisational wisdom when it’s time to plan those wilder and woollier adventures.
Much of what makes Cody’s advice so practical is his focus on preparing you before things go wrong, and if your adventure takes you some place where you might be at risk, your safety and maybe even survival might depend on it.
While the video gets off to a slightly slow start, don’t press pause. Sit your diva butt down with a big mugga joe and settle in for a 30 minute chat that just might save your life.
And while you’re at it, why not come on over and put your elbows on the kitchen table and chat about Cody’s ideas, and some of the ways you keep yourself safe when you embark on a trek?