Unless you are the most fervent of preppers or survivalists without any access to outside news, you’re undoubtedly aware that the Summer Olympics have just completed in London.
A Good Distraction
In the US, NBC promoted the games to an almost unavoidable level. It was hard to turn on a television, listen to the radio, or surf the internet without finding a reference to the games.
I’m not complaining, I enjoyed watching a few hours over the first half of August. Most of my watching was in very small slices of time – 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there. Our family just doesn’t watch very much television.
The athletes that compete at that level are amazing. The media tends to focus on a few “media darlings” with great smiles and good stories, but in truth every athlete there has tremendous dedication and determination. They have a commitment to their sports.
They are physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared to go toe-to-toe with the best in the world.
That got me to thinking.
What If There Was a Prepper’s Olympics?
The athletes of the Summer Olympics go to great lengths to prepare for the Olympics. They train their bodies, hone the skills, sharpen their minds in preparation for the games.
That sounds familiar. As preppers, we train our minds by learning new skills. We prepare for the future by purchasing items now that we may need later. We get in shape so that we can handle the physical demands that may be around the corner.
So what if there was an Olympics for us, the preppers of the world? What would they look like?
Here are a few events that come to mind.
- The 4 by 100. A team of 4 preppers must defend a bug out location against an onslaught of 100 mutant biker zombies trying to pillage and destroy. The team that holds out the longest wins.
- The Javelin. The prepper that can gig a frog from the longest distance will take home the gold along with a meal that tastes a lot like chicken.
- The Pentathlon. A five part competition where preppers race to build a makeshift shelter, start a fire using primitive methods, hang a snare using handmade cordage, find water to purify, and make a stew from wild edibles and creepy-crawlies. Befriending a Javelin thrower with a few frogs earns extra points.
- Archery. Pretty much the same as in the traditional Olympic games, except the bows are handmade, the targets move and occasionally shoot back.
- Table Tennis. Competitors must devise ways to make beans, rice, and wheat appealing meal after meal after meal after meal.
Those are the games I’d like to see. What about you? What games can you come up with for the 2012 Summer Olympics – Prepper Edition? Share them in the comments below.