There has always been a connection between man and nature. Spending time in the wilderness can be relaxing and exciting, yet it also makes you vulnerable to some dangers. Surviving is part of our instinct, however, there are some crazy survival myths out there you don’t want to rely on.
Don’t Trust These Survival Myths
This myth tells you that moss grows on the north side of trees, meaning you can use it to guide your way through the woods.
Truth: Moss will grow where the conditions are appropriate it for it, which is normally where it’s the coolest and moistest. Although, the north side of a tree tends to follow these criteria as it’s more protected from the sun, if you’re out hiking, you better bring your compass and not rely on this myth. Moss can grow on all sides of rocks and trees.
We’ve all heard it before. If you find yourself getting caught by a rip current, you must swim parallel to the shore.
Truth: This one is not entirely off. It could work; however, it’s not always the go-to solution. Let’s say you’re rafting and you fall in the water. If the rip is pulling you straight out, it is advisable to swim parallel to the shore. Otherwise, always swim perpendicular to the current. If you’re not feeling like you’re swimming upstream, you’re doing it right. This applies when you’re swimming in the ocean, too.
Find Shelter From Lightning Under a Tree
Did you know that one of the main causes of death related to lightning is because people actually rely on this information?
…lightning is attracted to height, pointy objects and isolation – characteristics often associated with trees.
In case a thunderstorm catches you in the middle of your camping trip, don’t go climbing on a tree, and don’t lay flat on your back on the ground either. It’s better that you seek shelter inside your car or some type of building. However, if you’re not able to get to either of those places at that moment, have all the members in your party scatter around at least 100 yards from each other, and crouch down on the balls of your feet. Staying closer to the ground and minimizing contact points with the earth reduces your chances of getting struck by lightening.
Enjoy nature by yourself or with your family and friends. Just make sure you remain cautious and instead of passing down the myths you’ve been hearing about your entire life, make sure the people around understand that truth so everyone can make better survival choices when needed.