3 Hardcore Survivalists and What We Learn From Their Order of Operations

3 Hardcore Survivalists and What We Learn From Their Order of Operations

                                                                                     By Jeanette Vale

Three men went into the wilderness with a GO Pro.   First, let’s look at their playing fields.

Lesson’s I learned from their water situations:

“Smooth Gefixt” in Ireland was inundated with rain and swamp.  Yet, he says “the first three days he battled THIRST and the rain”. He needed fire to purify the swamp water.  Fire was long and arduous to start as the water content in the air was so high and his kindling got drenched.

He found glass bottles.  He boiled water in them but some eventually shatter. 

The takeaway here is, even though he's in lots of water, water must be treated or captured  and this may take days to figure out. By end of day two he gets to drink.   

Chlor Floc tablets would make short work of purifying water.  You can keep a tiny pouch of it in a slim wallet.

“Clay Tall Stories” in New Zealand. On day one found a fresh stream to drink from.  This part seemed easy for him.  But he only took a sharp rock as a tool.  He left all manufactured tools home.     Time not spent purifying water is a huge advantage.  He is able to stay a full seven days in the field. 

Water makes life livable fast.  He's got a tough gut, drinking straight from a stream.  Watch at 13:22 when he rips open a fish and eats its innards.  

“Field Day”  I'm going to name his place Demon Island.  Watch his video around 37:11 to find out why.  In this particular video he lands on an island with no fresh water and is able to only find two small coconuts.  That's his only hydration until his distillation gives him a few tablespoons of water.  He has intense headaches and leg cramps.   

He stays only three days and understandably so.  Water is life.  


No one appreciates litter like a survivalist in the wild.  Plastic or glass bottles, rope, fish net, fish lures, can save life.  Finding new flip flops, or Wilson’s sister (deflated volleyball) is just a cherry on top. 

Creating vessels to hold liquid is labor intensive and to find a plastic bottle is the greatest gift from heaven.

From these men, I learned that processing a pile of trash is the first chore upon arrival. Junk can save you days of work.

The second is getting fresh water and purifying it.  Whether you’re in rainy Ireland or the hot dry tropics the men were very thirsty. 

For “Field Day” he said his thirst almost debilitated him.  It was very painful to his body not to have enough water. 

The third thing is to put in place whatever else is most important.  Depending on your weather or danger.  

All activity is critical and urgent.    Every tool you bring to the chaos will save you hours of work!  Here at Emergency Zone we sell them all.  Make sure to click on our website link before you go.


Smooth Gefixt:  He gives two methods on how to process acorns. 17:57 and 20:55 in his video (by the way, all 3 videos are posted at the end of this read).  Acorn prep is very important to know,  If you don't get that right, you don't get these easy-to-gather calories.  He ate only stinging nettle and acorns for his six day duration.  This man later went back to do a redemption tour.  His desire to get good at surviving was inspiring.

For the men on an island, it seemed easy to get protein into the body.  Snails, sea urchin, and crabs were present.  If you never caught a fish, you still had a lot of protein sources that couldn’t outswim you.  


Once I watched my grandma crack open a sea urchin and eat it while it was still moving.  That wrecked me.  If I ever have to be a survivalist, I sure hope it will be on a tropical island (they grow the most food year round), but I’m going to have to be tough like grandma if I need meat.

Oh, what a funny thought hit me.  I grew up in the tropics.  I was hungry every day in summer (when school didn’t feed us).  Guess what I did as a kid.  I foraged for food daily.    

We had the following that grew with no effort from us:  banana, avocado, mango, vee (Spondias dulcis) , guava, passion fruit, mountain apple (Syzygium malaccense), coconuts, breadfruit,  green mandarin, tangerine, pineapple, cocoa, and papaya. I would sit in the trees like a monkey and eat till I was full.


Okay! I’m feelin’ badass.  I am a survivor!  I did it as a kid.  How you like me now? 


Smooth Gefixt:  Knife, paracord, fire steele.  

Clay Tall Stories:  a sharp rock (with this he built a house, bed, boat, lures and hooks).

Field Day:  a knife

They brought almost nothing to the experience and were able to survive for several days.  Each of them had an advantage.  Each of them had huge odds to overcome.   


The more you know, the less you need.  

We are disconnected as a society from being able to actually feed, clothe and shelter ourselves if our store-system fails.  

THANK YOU to those who put out content that teaches the rest of us.  I may die anyway, but I’ll go out with a pair of mismatched flip flops while clutching a glass bottle I found. Funny.  Not funny. 

Come visit us sometime.  We sell a knife wrapped in paracord with a ferro rod.  $17.99 SKU 4106 www.emergencyzone.com 

Smooth Gefixt Video Click here

Clay Tall Stories Video Click here

Field Day Video Click here

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