I am an archaeologist and published author with 40 years collective experience in wilderness activities, combining mountain climbing/walking, desert conditions and "field and forest". 20 years in Royal Naval Reserves...gained useful ashore and afloat experience. 15 years experience in maintaining wood frame buildings and log cabin living. Extensive Lifeguard experience on coastal waters in all conditions, including over 30 years as long board rider. 20 years plus of Bringing up two daughters single-handed - THAT is survival experience in itself!!