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Eat Prickly Pear Cactus! - In most areas of Colorado below 10,000 feet in elevation you can find prickly pear cactus. Their appearance varies slightly depending on where you find them, but they have alot of paddle shaped pads with lotsa needles. You can eat the brighter colored fruit (called "tunas", immature at left) in season, but you can also eat the pads. Skin them one way or another (a sharp knife is really handy here) and eat the soft, moist, green insides. They don't taste like much, but they'll keep you alive. If you don't have a knife, build a fire and roast the needles off the pad before eating. Be sure to inspect each pad before you eat it, you don't want your problems getting worse by getting stuck in the mouth. Skinned pads also contribute a bit of moisture to your body. Tip 005 - Eat Yucca Flowers!
Eat Yucca Flowers! - The white flower petals on yucca plants are quite edible. Perfect for adding to wild salads, and great for a trail snack. The flavor is extremely mild but actually kinda tasty. Collect in a basket or cloth and air dry in the sun to preserve for a few days. The center stalks of the yucca can be baked or boiled and eaten as well, and you can peel apart the sharp, spiny "leaves" to harvest the fibers inside, which are strong enough to braid a strong cord or weave a sandal sole.. Tip 006 - Don't Count On Your "Space Blanket"!
Don't Count On Your "Space Blanket"! - While it's small and lightweight enough to carry with you, don't count on that "space blanket" to be your saviour. These mylar blankets are intended to reflect your body heat back to you and technically they do that, but you must remember that they also conduct heat away from any body part they touch, just like metal. They are better used as part of your reflecting wall next to your campfire or an insulating layer inside your sleeping bag (but OVER your clothes). Easy to tear and destroy, they are usually folded up tightly and over time can weaken along the folds, leaving you with a bunch of useless little mylar squares.


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