Friday, April 16, 2021

2021-015 | ENJOYING GOD’S OWN TIME

WISDOM TRAILS: The outdoors is best appreciated with an open mind, a longer moment, a slower pace, with great humility and much awe. If you do not notice several lines of ants crossing a path, you are either too fast, too arrogant, too self-centered, too urbane or you have eyes that see but do not know how to look. You leave destruction instead of harmony. 

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January 18, 2018 

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FOR THE HUNTER, BLENDING is a perfected art. For the prey, it is an act of nature developed through so many years of changes in habits and genetic mutations. For the modern outdoorsman, it should be compulsory. If you cannot blend your mindset with your environment, you can never appreciate nature. It is not that hard. You just have to strip yourself of arrogance first. 

Appreciation of nature is best served in slow motion like normal walking. Humans, long ago, adapted to their environment when they found out that their anatomy could not keep up with the other terrestrial inhabitants. But they have rational brains and a soul and they walked far and wide. They soon reached the top of the food chain.

Technology kept that wide gap among all else wider than before and it had placed us even more at a precipice where we would eat our own kind someday. But I hope not. We just moved too fast for our own good and it is time to take a deep breath and open our eyes to a new perspective of our existence. 

When you are in Rome, you dress like the Romans do. But when you are among the forests, you do not dress like Spiderman. Blend in with your surroundings instead with austere-colored clothes that do not shock wildlife, even a fellow human being. Your appearance says all about you and contributes to an impact on places you pass. 

The gait you would make on the trails are different than what you are used to in walking the pavements of urban areas. The same with how you breathe. Here, time stands still and you get used to it. There are no urgent reasons for you to waste energy and please do enjoy that God-given time to absorb His Magnificence.

 

Ignorance of nature is magnified by arrogance. What people do on controlled environments should not be done in the woodlands. When you make the landscape a part of your agenda and catering to your personal pride, you are no different from those who raped the environment to satisfy their desires and whims. 

When you are outdoors, be one with the essence of the trail. A lot of people get a lot of satisfaction and joy when “they stop to smell the roses”. It is there in that zone that people get to know nature better and they could see better the details. They are “low” enough to understand that. 

The best indicator if you are in this zone is when you notice lines of ants crossing the trail. Go lower and seek the clues of what these ants are doing. Most likely you would find two or three different kinds of ants going about their business. You are in God’s own time and go enjoy your day.

 

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WARRIOR PILGRIMAGE BLOG, personified by this writer, is synonymous with the Outdoors, since Bushcraft and Survival is its niche. Safety and Security are its bedrock when it ventured into organizing outdoor events that involved people as in adventure/pilgrimage guideships and seminars; and explorations and expeditions. 

Through tutorship, experience, folk knowledge and good old common sense, this writer was able to collect useful information which he is currently documenting in a book titled, ETHICAL BUSHCRAFT. He shares some of this information and knowledge in his training sessions; in his social-media account; and in this blog.




Friday, April 9, 2021

2021-014 | OUTDOORS SAFETY & LIGHTNING

OUTDOORS COMMON SENSE TIPS: Lightning will strike from out of nowhere even on a very sunny day and even from a distance of as far as 16 kilometers away. 

When in the midst of a lightning storm, stay away from open terrain, from long conductors and from the highest trees. Go down to lower elevations, remove metallic and electronic objects from your body and execute lightning position by crouching low, feet close together.

If you notice lightning from far away or fast approaching, refrain from using electronic gadgets and phones. Find a shelter but keep away from windows and in places where there are water faucets.

 

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February 9, 2018 

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IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD, lightning is still a misunderstood wonder of nature. People would always link it with the supernatural. In the US, they take lightning seriously and established several scientific institutions and centers which purpose is solely for the study of lightning patterns and to prevent casualties.   

I have not enough experience with lightning because I was never in the way of a lightning strike. Although I was upon its vicinity, quite close and quite often that it made my hair stand up or hear the zap of the lightning almost at the same time with the appearance of an electrode and the boom of thunder. That is quite near!

Sixteen kilometers was the farthest distance that a bolt of lightning had struck something from out of the blue. It is not choosy either. It could hit someone on a lazy sunny day. Anywhere, but most likely, you are in the close proximity of long electrical conductors such as a steel tower, electrical lines, hand rails, bridges or anything that is made of metal. 

Lightning strikes are unpredictable but it tends to hit the nearest object within its downward reach like mountain peaks, tall trees, boats with high masts and anything higher than the ground, to include you standing taller than your immediate surroundings. It is much deadly when you are on wet ground or near water.   

Ground current accounts for the greatest percentage of lightning deaths and injuries. When lightning strikes expect a kill radius of within ten meters which is more of the same as a grenade explodes. Then you have the side flash where electrodes splashes horizontally over to the nearest objects as another path to the ground. It is the next cause of casualties.

Touch voltage is caused by touching long conductors where current is channeled through it from the ground. This accounts the third highest mortality percentage in lightning-caused incidents. A direct strike is the one that gives us goose bumps but actually accounts for only a very small percentage of deaths and injuries. It is not rare though when you stand out on a very flat terrain.

The best time to evade being caught in a lightning storm is to study weather patterns before visiting high-risk areas. When you hear thunder, go indoors; if not, find a safer place like lower ground. Avoid tall trees and long conductors when lightning is close. Your last line of defense is making yourself a small target as possible by crouching, heels together, and avoid touching the ground or long conductors.  

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WARRIOR PILGRIMAGE BLOG, personified by this writer, is synonymous with the Outdoors, since Bushcraft and Survival is its niche. Safety and Security are its bedrock when it ventured into organizing outdoor events that involved people as in adventure/pilgrimage guideships and seminars; and explorations and expeditions.

Through tutorship, experience, folk knowledge and good old common sense, this writer was able to collect useful information which he is currently documenting in a book titled, ETHICAL BUSHCRAFT. He shares some of this information and knowledge in his training sessions; in his social-media account; and in this blog.

 

Photo Nr 2 credits to Computer Business Review

Photo Nr 3 credits to Razsil Zuasola