A Prepper Pilot Shares Insights About Three Kinds of Holes

In October of 2012 Cap’n Dave was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio. View a summary of our chat here. He was my guest again for this week’s show. We talked about holes–sort of…But more about that shortly.

Dave’s a pilot by trade and a prepper, too. SCUBA diving and diving in cabes is part of his varied resume. He’s also been a diving and flight instructor. He’d be glad to put that teaching ability to use helping other preppers along the way. Yesterday’s DestinySurvival Radio gave him the chance to share a few insights we didn’t have time for on his first visit.

We touched on three topics of interest. We started with the hypothetical and worked our way into the practical. And as I began writing this post, it struck me that the things we talked about have kind of an odd theme that ties them together. You’ll see as the “hole” story unfolds.

Prepper in the hole!

What about escaping to caves in a bug out scenario? A cave could be a wonderful temporary shelter. Caves might also be good for setting aside storage food or other items you want to cache.

But a cave may not be a place most of us would want to go. Dave passed on several pros and cons to think about.

Would you consider a cave as a possible survival shelter?

Prepper in the money hole…

As a pilot, Dave’s had a lot of down time. (No pun intended.) It’s just that there are times when he has gone for long stretches without work.

So what if you’re in a similar situation? Or what if you’re flat out unemployed?

Dave says it’s a good idea to have a second set of job skills to fall back on. Could you work a different job?

What about starting your own business from a hobby? Is there something you’re passionate about which could lead to extra income?

Also, live way below your means. Set aside more than 15% of your income into an account you can access in times of trouble.

Fortunately for Dave, he’s a highly motivated single guy and has flexibility many of us with families don’t have. But in a family, more hands make light work, as the old saying goes.

Prepper digging the holes

Start gardening right now, if you’re not doing it already. Even if you have nothing but a container or two on a patio. Gardening is a learning process complete with bountiful successes and disappointing failures.

It takes time. And who knows how much time we have left?

Dave started some 15 years ago (as this is written) and now has 27 4′ x 8′ raised beds in which he grows a variety of crops. Plus, he’s experimenting with two other kinds of survival gardening involving permaculture.

As if that weren’t enough, he raises chickens, too. They’re good for a belly laugh now and then as well as for eggs.

For a fuller understanding of home gardening, Dave heartily recommends Marjorie Wildcraft’s Grow Your Own Groceries DVD.

Hear my whole interview with Cap’n Dave Young when you listen to DestinySurvival Radio for November 1, 2012. If that link doesn’t take you directly to the show, and you want to hear it, get in touch with me, and we’ll make arrangements to get the audio file to you.

As we concluded our time together, Dave shared sage advice for all preppers. A good prepper doesn’t live in fear, but bravely moves forward, knows about resources and has backup plans A, B and C.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.