When I was a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents, but when I got older there were months when we didn't meet-not because we couldn't stand each other but because I was always too busy working...a lame excuse and a thing that I deeply regret today.
My grandfather passed on many years ago and with him a magnificent amount of survival knowledge. He had been a lumberjack his whole life and spent years sleeping out in the wilderness. I don't know if you're in a similar situation, but think about your grandfather and how many things he did or knew...things that will vanish forever into the dark abyss of ignorance.
I could not learn from my grandfather, so I had to turn to other tomes of knowledge, old books and first hand testimonies, to find out how past generations survived and to learn the little secrets that helped them survive in spite of almost everyone else dying.
And because I deeply believed that I was the only one who could change something, my goal for the last couple of years changed from not just "learning" but "saving" our forefathers' ways.
This is one of the most important things that I've done in my life. I'm proud of it, but it took me many difficult years to get here!
First, there is no person that knows all our forefathers' forgotten secrets and heritage life skills. Let's just say that there are still a handful of people that still practice a lost skill transmitted from generation to generation even today...but not all the skills of course. I had to get in touch with a lot of different people.
Second, where do you find these people? They are no mainstream survival experts who knows all of these skills; they don't have a website or a TV show. Some of them even live in remote areas without Internet or TV cable, earning a living like the pioneers did!
Third, I wanted to do something unprecedented. You know, articles like "11 Skills Your Great-Grandparents Had That You Don't", and they start listing the skills: hunting, fishing, foraging, butchering, and so on.
Pffff...this kind of information will never help anyone. I needed something solid, exact, and to the point! Not just skills! I wanted to know things that they actually built, ate, and stored and EXACTLY how they did it.
And fourth, I'm not sitting on a gold mine! As much as I enjoyed traveling and learning these skills, I still needed to go to work.
But what I didn't realize when I started my quest is that you can't save these skills only by writing them down. If all these writings will be forgotten in a dusty drawer right next to my bed, it won't help anyone.
This knowledge will die together with me, and all my efforts to save our forefathers' ways would have been in vain.
This is because all my life I blindly believed in lesson 3...that "it is always up to me."
But I was wrong! In this case, it's only halfway there!