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Steven Callahan – Adrift

posted Mar 8, 2017, 4:57 PM by Dustin Thomas
I just finished reading Adrift, Steven Callahan’s account of the 76 days he spent drifting across the Atlantic in a life raft. The book is an absolutely gripping tale and well worth the read. Callahan’s fortitude and resourcefulness are on full display, but it is largely his preparedness that left the most lasting impression. Most survival manuals will lament on the importance of being familiar with your equipment, including practicing with it. There were certainly a few items Callahan probably wished he had tested beforehand, but for the most part he knew what he had and he knew how to use it.

I’ve heard the sermon, but always thought, “I’ll do it when I have time.” What good is my flint and steel if I’ve never used it before? What about my signal mirror – did you know there is a little red dot in there to help you aim that thing? I’ve finally turned the corner and made the extra time to become familiar with the survival items I carry in the field. It makes sense to learn at home rather than during the final 10 minutes of my life while hypothermia wins the final battle. That flint and steel is a lot harder than the guys on TV make it look. I am still practicing; and now I know to carry extra matches and a lighter and a backup lighter, just in case.

So, if you haven’t read Callahan’s Adrift, do. And if you aren’t familiar with the items in your survival kit, get familiar. If you don’t carry any sort of survival kit, uh oh…