No matter what…
No matter your circumstance?
You. Will. Survive!
If you have a few cans of beer to help you along:
Beer can help you survive. Just ask Clifton Vial of Nome Alaska, who was stranded for more than 60 hours outside of town on Nov. 28, 2011. While he was out for a drive, his truck veered into a snowdrift, and with no cell service he couldn’t call for help. He was wearing only jeans, a thin jacket, and sneakers. Vial did everything he could to endure temperatures of 17 below zero. He insulated his clothing with random rags and used the truck’s heater for warmth until he ran out of gas. For nourishment and hydration … you guessed it, he turned to a few cans of frozen Coors Light. Mr. Vial survived his ordeal thanks to turning his attention to an unlikely hero – a beer can. Check out these 14 ways to use one to survive.
1. Boil water
One man’s trash… right? Just a single can of beer is capable of becoming a life saver if the can is used to boil raw water to make it safe for human consumption. The trick with boiling in cans is to set the water-filled can next to the fire; in the ashes. Do not place the can in the center of the fire, as the metal will break down quicker. In 10 or 15 minutes, the water will start to boil. Then boil for 10 additional minutes just to be on the safe side. Let the water cool and have yourself a pathogen-free drink.
2. Make char cloth for flint and steel
This will be a one shot deal, but a beer can is capable of producing usable char cloth for flint and steel fire making. Cut the top off the can and pack the inside with fibrous tree bark, punk wood or cotton cloth. Fold the top of the can shut and throw the can into the camp fire for exactly five minutes. The can should be melting by the end of five minutes, but if you are lucky, your char cloth will be ready before the can disintegrates.
3. Fishing reel
This classic fishing reel can be made of almost anything cylindrical, but the beer can makes a fine spool for storing the fishing line. It’s even possible to cast the line right off the can. To make your fishing kit, tie the monofilament to the can’s pull tab, or better yet, tie the line through a small hole that you have pierced through the can. Wind up the line around the can, trying not to overlap the mono too much. For storage, put a rubber band or tie a string around the can and mono to keep it from unraveling. The can fishing rig casts a bit like an open face reel, so be patient and be cautious to avoid tangling the line.
4. Fire starter
This method plays off the principles of optical fire making. Polish the can with little smears of chocolate to create a shine so the light of the sun can be reflected off the can’s concave bottom. Select a fine, fluffy tinder, preferably one that has a dark color. Play with the zenith and azimuth angles of the can until you get some smoke coming from your tinder.
5. Pull tab for a fish hook
While a soft, malleable fish hook is just about the worst fish hook you could ask for, you can catch fish by using a gorge hook fishing technique and some pretty flimsy improvised hooks. Break off the can’s pull tab, and cut out a section of tab so that it looks like a fish hook. Sharpen the hook tip to a point, attach it to your line and bait it appropriately. Instead of trying to set the hook in the fish’s mouth when he bites, give him some line and let the fish swallow the hook. The pull tab hook will hang up on the soft stomach or esophagus a lot better than it would pierce the fish’s jaw. Be advised that this is not a catch-and-release method, as you’ll probably be ripping the fish’s guts out to retrieve the home made hook. This is survival fishing.
If not & a few cans of beer are hard to come by?
Thanks to the gawds of advancement and ingenuity?
There exists such a thing as powered beer…
Just add water!
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We’ve been waiting for this moment all our lives. The moment when it became unbelievably easy to carry beer around — hiking, stadiums, church, etc. — because it was completely dehydrated and all we had to do was add water!
That moment is here!
There’s a company based in Talkeetna, Alaska, that’s gone off and invented a “beer concentrate.” That means you just add water, and boom: you’ve got yourself a brew! Here’s how it’s described:
“Pat’s Backcountry Beverages specializes in backpacker-friendly carbonated beverage kits. Among those carbonated beverages is, you guessed it, beer. The way the kit works is by taking Pat’s beer concentrate, which is apparently a thing, and adding water to it in a simple, bottle-shaped carbonation system.”
It’s about time! The world was just starting to get unbearably crazy! Now, some comfort for the masses!
Here’s what Pat himself, about the advanced science behind it all:
“If you come into our facility, you’ll see fermentors, you’ll see a mash tun, you’ll see a brew kettle, but you’ll also see some equipment that looks like some sci-fi movie, and that’s where our very specialized technology allows us to do what we do.”
If only the gawds of advancement and ingenuity could come up with powered pizza?
The survival of the human race, no matter the circumstance…
Would be all but guaranteed!
What’s not to love about that?!