There’s an old saying that a knifeless man is a lifeless man, but that doesn’t accurately describe Mike Hudson, who until a few weeks ago sat alone and lost on a mountainside in Southern California. Fortunately, the one thing he had with him was a good survival knife, which he credits for his survival.
It all started in early February when Hudon, 60, went looking for something to use as bait for his fishing trip. Unfortunately, what he later said caused him to move into unfamiliar territory was his habit of looking up instead of looking down to keep track of where he was. Soon, he found himself lost and unable to find his way back to his campsite.
Nothing But a Knife
Hudson planned to return shortly to his fishing spot after he found some bait, but instead found himself only lost in territory he wasn’t familiar with. The only thing he had with him was a knife that he was planning to use on the bait. The first night he spent under some tree branches that he had collected for shelter.
The next day, Hudson found himself both hungry and thirsty. The dominant feeling he had at the time, however, was how dumb he felt for being in his predicament. That’s when he sat down on a rock to think about what to do next. His seat proved to be uncomfortable since he was sitting on his knife. That’s when Hudson recalled lessons he learned in his Boy Scouting days telling how with a knife he had everything he needed to survive.
“When I thought of that, I pulled my knife out of my pocket and reassured myself that I would be okay,” Hudson recalled. “It dawned on me then that not only could I use my knife to get food, but it could help me to do just about everything I needed to stay alive.”
It wasn’t long after this realization that Hudson found himself using his survival knife to its full advantage to not only build a fire and a shelter, but to also get food and water. He even admits that after a little time he even got kind of comfortable in his temporary situation.
“After I put my knife to work gathering and building what I needed to stay alive, I started using it to build a signal for whoever might soon be looking for me. Fortunately, I had left my wife and told her that I would be “right back” after I found some bait.
Finally, after five days of searching, part of the search team, a helicopter, found Hudson sitting near the spot where he first realized that he was lost, a top a rock, with his trusty knife.
“Everything I learned in Scouting was true,” Hudson commented. “To get yourself out of the kind of situation I found myself in doesn’t take much. You just need to be resourceful, keep your wits under control, and have that one most important tool with you, your knife. When you have it and know how to use it, you’ll be fine.”