The Drive to Survive Radio Show
The Drive To Survive is the world's first and only radio talk show dedicated to the arts of wilderness survival, emergency preparedness and self sufficiency. The show's host, Tim MacWelch, has been a professional wilderness survival instructor for almost 15 years. This radio program provides our listeners with lifesaving knowledge and concepts that have been carefully arranged to give anyone the best chance of staying safe, in even the worst of emergencies. Each show is filled with information, wisdom and stories from more than two decades of Tim's study, practice and teaching experiences in survival.
Our goal is to provide lifesaving skills, and make them understandable to everyone. Our belief is that anyone can survive. Our mission is to make that a reality. Thank you to all of our listeners for making our show the Number 1 live show for August 2010!
Our show is temporarily unavailable, as it is no longer on the Voice America website. Check back soon for an important update on the show. Thank you for your continued support! - Tim
Episode 1: The Mentality of Survival
What is the number one survival priority in an emergency? Is it food? water? No, not usually. Most experts agree that attitude is the first and most important priority for survival. But is it really that simple? No, not usually. There is a lot more going on mentally and emotionally during emergencies than just a person's attitude. This first episode of The Drive To Survive will examine a more complete and detailed overview of the Mentality of Survival. We will look at the role of motivation, knowledge and many other factors that help people deal with disasters and survival emergencies. We will also explain the great carry over value of these concepts for daily life. We will wrap up the show by delving into the mentality of emergency preparedness and living "off the Grid". Learn what you need to think about, and how to deal with problems within yourself, before you are faced with a crisis. Do you have the mentality of a survivor? Listen to this episode and find out.
Episode 2: The Priorities of Survival
If you were stranded in a remote place, what would be your first survival priority? What if you had an accident in that distant site and were bleeding badly in very cold weather? Should you immediately make a shelter, build a fire or perform first aid? Join survival expert Tim MacWelch, host of The Drive To Survive, for this information packed episode on The Priorities of Survival. We will address the importance and priority of Mentality, Shelter, First aid, Water, Fire, Food and Tools. Sometimes the circumstances dictate the order of importance for shelter, water and sustenance. Sometimes the weather makes other choices for you. This show will focus on your needs for wilderness survival and also for emergency preparedness. Failure IS an option. Just ask all the people who didn't make it because their priorities were wrong. Do you have the right priorities to make it in an emergency?
Episode 3: Shelter
Shelter is almost always the first physical priority of survival. Shelter can come in many forms like clothing, jackets, sleeping bags, tents, and even huts made of sticks and leaves. A shelter is meant to protect us from any extremes in weather. But what is the right type of shelter for each occasion? What if your shelter isn't good enough? Can you make it better? Yes, and we'll tell you how to do it. Tune in to this week's episode to learn the in's and out's of survival shelters for the wilderness, natural disasters and other extremes that you might encounter. Learn about simple gear that could keep you dry and warm. Learn how to cool off when things get too hot. Join us on The Drive To Survive, and never be caught without shelter again.
Episode 4: Water
In the arts of wilderness survival and emergency preparedness, water ranks as the second most vital necessity. This episode of The Drive To Survive will address the importance that water plays in a variety of situations where our survival would be at risk. We will delve into the body's need for safe drinking water, the ways to find that water and how to treat it to avoid water borne illnesses. This episode will also explore some of the popular myths about water gathering and processing. Don't miss this crucial episode in our series.
Episode 5: Fire
Fire is one of our best friends in the wild. But it can also be very elusive. The situations in which we need fire badly, are often the conditions where fire making is at it's most difficult. This episode of The Drive To Survive will cover the importance of fire making for survival and the best ways to make fire. We will explain a variety of fire building methods, from ancient times up into modern methods. Fire safety will also be a chief concern of this episode, as the benefits of fire are never far removed from the destructive, dark side of fire.
Episode 6: Friction Fire
In this episode of The Drive To Survive, we will examine the ancient arts of Friction Fire. We plan to discuss the tools, techniques and materials that one needs for creating friction fire. What are the easiest woods and materials to make friction fire? How could you make a rope for a bow drill? We will answer these, and many other questions. Friction fire can be very valuable tool for wilderness survival, as well as a tool for studying nature and seeing how tough we really are. This skill goes much deeper than just rubbing two sticks together. Tune in to our show to find out.
Episode 7: Survival Kits
What are the top ten things to put in a survival kit? Well, this can depend on where you are going and what time of year you are going there. It can also depend on a lot of other factors. Confusing, right? The Survival Kit is like a broken crystal ball - you are trying to see what's going to happen in the future, but it's never going to be clear. Join us for Episode 8 of The Drive To Survive as we look into the contents and uses of Survival Kits. Your host Tim will address the most common survival events, and the right survival tools to help you make it through those emergencies.
Episode 8: Primitive Survival Skills
This episode of The Drive To Survive is dedicated to stone age survival skills. We will discuss some of the low tech, earth friendly ways to provide yourself and others with lifesaving shelter, water, fire, food and tools. These are some of the more difficult things to master in survival, but they are also some of the most rewarding. The skills that we are going to address in this episode were common to our ancestors, and these are the same skills that can still help us today. This is the pinnacle of survival skills for many people, to be able to survive and even prosper with only your bare hands and the resources that nature provides.
Episode 9: The Keys To Survival
In this episode of The Drive To Survive, we will detail some of the most critical factors for surviving emergencies. These "Keys To Survival" are a combination of rules, concepts, mental attributes and guidelines. This is the condensed knowledge and wisdom from many real life survival stories. These are the things that can make or break a survival scenario. We will discuss the importance of avoiding panic, knowing when to lead or follow, the value of calories, and many other vital points to keep you from being a victim - and turn you into a survivor.