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Ok, new so posting here so go easy!

My question is although many here are highly trained and practiced in survival/outdoor skills, how many have trained or intend to train in what many may call the simpler skills. For myself I wish to learn to:-

1 Sew - reasonably well to fix clothing and in the long run to make simple clothing

2 Cook - obviously i can cook but a course on baking maybe and then maybe a specialist course in outdoor cooking. I am sure in days of old especially in places in the US West then a good cook was worth his weight on long cattle drives etc.

3 Carpentry/plumbing/electrics - all basic DIY (but safe) skills. I think the best thing to learn with these is when to realise you are out of your depth?

4 Car/motorcycle mechanics - basics first then move on from there

5 Then move on to more outdoor skills such as canoeing, mountain leadership etc.
 

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Good policy, baitrumi. Though you might want practise two different disiplines at once, maybe do some outdoorsmanship along with engin repair. The difficult thing about being a polymath is fitting it all in.
 

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Ok, new so posting here so go easy!

My question is although many here are highly trained and practiced in survival/outdoor skills, how many have trained or intend to train in what many may call the simpler skills. For myself I wish to learn to:-
What around here they are a bunch of kittens really :D:
1 Sew - reasonably well to fix clothing and in the long run to make simple clothing
I'm not learning this one but my middle daughter and my wife know how to do this so
I'm not concerned about it.
2 Cook - obviously i can cook but a course on baking maybe and then maybe a specialist course in outdoor cooking. I am sure in days of old especially in places in the US West then a good cook was worth his weight on long cattle drives etc.
A skill that is slowly dieing as we move forward even now a good cook is prized by many. Not to mention the basic food safety you'll learn over time. Not to mention you'll be the only game in town when the restraunts close down. This is a skill I'm improving as I go. I need to work on using less fresh ingredients and more canned stuff/dried stuff. I admit it I'm food snob

3 Carpentry/plumbing/electrics - all basic DIY (but safe) skills. I think the best thing to learn with these is when to realise you are out of your depth?
This really is not that hard to learn. Once you get going though it can save you a ton on home repair/remodeling cost and it's fun to hopefully you can learn to make things look nice I'm working on that right now. :D: Everything I make/repair works just looks like crap.

4 Car/motorcycle mechanics - basics first then move on from there
This maybe harder then you think a lot of the new cars need fancy crap to work on them special tools that use to be a normal tool not to mention difficulty working inside cars now. My van has no space to work at all and every last thing is electronic this or that. Changing the oil requires ramps and jack stands. My 1979 ford LTD2 you could crawl in shut the hood and still have room. Changed the oil standing up and I could slide underneath with out jacking it up. I stopped at the basics in this one I don't know how well we will be able to get gas so I'm investing in good boots rather then tools.

5 Then move on to more outdoor skills such as canoeing, mountain leadership etc.
I'd work on the outdoor skills first a lot of the equipment for outside works lends itself to survival. If you don't have an alternative to your stove camping lends itself well to buying one which can lead to navigation etc.. If something does happen a great deal of time will be spent outside. For me this is something I need to work on I spent the majority of my childhood in the great outdoors till my family move to the city and I stopped doing it. Then I moved to the country and remembered how much I liked it then I moved to teh city again big mistake.
 

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Thanks guys for your input and encouragement. I have recently started helping out as a committee member in a Scout Group and as well as organising fundraising events i have taken part in hikes on Dartmoor and in Wales. All good experience, hope to go caving and canoeing next. Had a try at abseiling also.
All of this helps bit by bit.
 

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You mean it isn't all going to be about "harrowing tales" of "near misses" and shooting zombies? Aaaahhhh man!!

Practical skills will be necessary, no doubts there. Folks without them or those that relay on others to do them for them are going to be hurting turtles when the time comes.
 
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