What is prepping all about, and what it takes to be a prepper with Rob Harvey
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The Show Notes
In this episode I (Ben Roberts) talk to Rob Harvey (The Real Survivalist), who is a prepper, but not just any old prepper. This is a guy who is about to undertake something that is completely unique and challenging. Alongside that, we also talk about how you could start prepping, and exactly what it takes to be a pepper in 2016.
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Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Rob, i’m also known at the Real Survivalist. I share tips and tricks on all things real survival.
Why ‘real survivalist’?
For my prepping needs to be real. It’s all good fun preparing for doomsday, but, i’d rather be prepared for ‘realistic’ and local things.
I’m a big believer that everyone should know basic first aid, such as being able to use a defibrillator.
Being able to have the skills to compliment any of the kit you have, because there is almost no point having the gear, if you have no idea how to use it.
So, tell us a little bit about your project
I will be living insolation in an underground bunker for about a year.
Why are you doing this?
I’ve always enjoyed being alone, but in today’s world you are very rarely ever actually alone. I mean we can talk right across the world at a couple of clicks of a mouse. So, for me I want to see how the mins and body will cope with this extended isolation.
There will be no communication in or out of the bunker. The only thing i’ll really have is some sort of entertainment system with pre-recorded news, but will literally have nothing to do with the outside world for that period of time.
When are you hoping to go?
Personally I feel ready to go. I just have to get everything finalised in terms of the funding, land and security. Once those are in place i’m pretty good to go.
How can people get involved and help you out?
I’ve set up a gofundme page at gofundme.com/surviveinisolation. There are some other challenges in there and more information about the project.
What are your perceptions on the various forms of prepping?
It does appear to be the American way, where people have even invested huge amounts of money into these underground bunkers to keep them safe. I think they have actually overlooked the physiological and psychological effects this will have on them.
What equipment are you going to be using in your year underground?
To make things harder for myself I’m only going to have enough food and water for about 6 months. The rest of the time i’ll need to grow my own food, and water filtration systems.
I’ll be needing things like long-storage food, and somewhere to store water. Because of being in a bunker it’s not really any classic bushcraft types survival skills where I can just light a fire. I have to really concentrate of the eating and drinking.
Ok, so you are underground . . . How are you going to grow this food?
This is exactly what I want to find out. I want to try different things. You can hear all the time about people stockpiling heads, but there is much less research that’s actually gone into growing this stuff in an underground environment in a end of the world scenario.
I think I’m always going to need to supplement it, but this is something i’ll discover as I go along.
What happens if something does go wrong under there?
i’ll be making video diaries, which i’ll send outside. So i’m not communicating directly, but people can keep an eye through there.
I’m also going to have a couple of different 24 hour live feeds too, so anyone can watch online.
It’ll be pretty realistic to a end of the world scenario as I will be sending stuff out, and hoping if anyone finds it they’ll know i’m alive, it will also help me keep sane haha. Even though, i’ll have no idea if anyone if actually reading them.
Are you worried about the lack of any nutrition and the illnesses that can come with those?
Vitamin D deficiency is something that concerns me (lack of natural light). I think generally i’m going to be pretty hungry throughout.
I also think the mental side is going to be the toughest as I literally won’t be able to talk with anyone.
What is your plan for getting water then? Is it through rain collection, or water recycling?
My initial plan is the have a rain water collection system, then also a filtration system such as tablets or UV pen. Water recycling, i’m interested in giving it a go, but will probably change me mind.
Is there anything else you want to mention about your project?
Just that i’d love as many people to help me as possible. There are some great prizes available for supporters, and they’ll get to actually see the bunker.
Looking at more prepping in general. What do people need to get started?
I think it’s important to be realistic as to what you are prepping for. The way I started is just to make a list of likely events that will happen. i.e. car breakdowns or power cuts. You’ll find the stuff for these situations will actually help you in other situations you hadn’t thought of, so it’s a good place to start.
What about skills for prepping?
Basic shelter building is a great skill. Having things with you (such as tarps) as well as being able to make natural shelters. Obviously fire starting is also an invaluable skill.
Bushcraft skills are always useful to peppers and if you are interested in survival then it just makes sense for you to learn basic bushcraft skills, as they almost naturally progress into bigger an other forms of survival.
Any other kit you’d recommend for preppers?
Duck Tape, and a knife. There are so many interesting things you can do with both of these. Especially duck tape, the uses are almost only limited by your imagination.
How can people get involved and find out more about you?