Why Things Are Seen

In the post apocalypse or collapse everything will be different. The way you get from point A to B won’t be a straight line anymore; you’ll have to go around urban centers instead of through them. Roads will be blocked, and cars might not be an option meaning you’re forced to walk. What also changes is the way you view the world, now longer will you be able to simply wander around without a care, you’ll need to pay close attention to you’re surroundings, otherwise your survival could be at stake.

When I was in the military one lesson they drove into my head on a regular basis was why things are seen, the reason behind this was simply, to keep me and those in my section and platoon alive and spot dangers before they could happen. This is how you do it.

1. Divide The Ground
Scanning all of the terrain at once will mean you miss key details, instead divide the ground into three parts, near, middle, and far ground. This will allow you to take in more of you’re surroundings and memorize them. You might have to imagine a divider or line to accomplish this which is perfectly fine, whatever technique you choose doesn’t matter it’s the end result that counts. When scanning the ground I recommend starting with what’s closest and working your way towards the far ground. Doing so will help you spot potential dangers close by faster, rather then looking off in the distance and have it pop out of nowhere.

2. Go Against The Grain
When looking at the surrounding terrain we tend to look from right to left. Instead force yourself to look in reverse (left to right) this will force you’re eyes to slow down because their not used to moving in that way and allowing you to take in more detail of you’re surroundings.

3. Take You’re Time
Remember this isn’t a race, take you’re time and do it right the first time. Don’t hesitate to look things over two or three times to take in every detail.

4. Memorize
It’s not enough to simply observe you’re surroundings, you should also memorize them as much as possible. You don’t need to know every detail but you should always be aware of where potential threats could come from. If you pass a building observe and memorize it. Know how many windows and doors it has as these could be used as a potential ambush.

5. Repeat
This is not a one time then walk around aimless thing, this requires you to constantly scan you’re environment when still and on the move. If this means you have to walk slower at first so be it, remember with practice comes speed

What To Look For

Shine
– Mirrors from cars, binoculars, rifle scopes, or metal and glass surfaces

Shape
– Look for objects that don’t fit into their surroundings, objects with angles for example aren’t common in nature

Shadows
– Look for either shadows where there shouldn’t be any, shadows that don’t fit the object (ex there wider then the object) or shadows that move on there own

Texture
– Objects that look smooth or polished again rough looking backgrounds or vice versa

Color
– Look for colors that don’t fit in with their surroundings such as colors that are lighter or darker the background as this could be a sign that an object or person is camouflaged.

Size
– An obvious example would be a tall angular shape above relatively short bushes. But this can also be objects that are round, smaller or anything else that looks out of place in the environment.

Sound
– You might not always be able to see an object or potential threat but you may be able to hear it. Remember after the collapse the world will be a much quieter place without the constant background noise from traffic and machinery that can be heard in most places.

The biggest thing to remember is to stay alert no matter what. In a prefect setting this won’t be hard to do, but in the post apocalypse world you will be hungry, dehydrated and sleep deprived. A slip up in this kind of environment won’t be embarrassing, it could prove fatal.



Source by Gerald Thomson

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