Part 1- Complete the PSK Elective. I've posted my psk previously but made some changes for this specific outing. The 6x6x2 binocular case PSK that I have contains my priority items of a Sak Farmer, lighter and film canister fishing kit. I've also included zip lock bags, a heavy duty garbage bag, lighter, whistle, bug wipes, mylar blanket, glow sticks, fire steel, bandanna, tinfoil, cordage and flashlight. Part 2- My plan is to enter a forest that both my wife and I are familiar with where I have a variety of resources that could be available. My wife knows the location of my planned camp and phone signal is strong. This would include access to cattails, a beaver pond that may hold fish, possible edible wild mushrooms, plenty of tea plants and who knows what else. My first priority will be making a natural debris shelter. After that is complete, if I haven’t already found some I’ll look for trashed containers to use primarily for water boiling. I’ll leave and return around 5pm and make an effort to record the experience. Part 3- Use that kit to stay in the woods for 24 hours. Part 4- Do an after action review. I'm back home after a very hot n buggy outing. I entered the woods about 5pm with the temps around 90F. Shelter: I wanted to complete the debris shelter requirement as well so first priority was to pick the right location and I found a spot with lots of beaver chew and fallen logs and branches and used them to my advantage. I probably would next time camp much further from water as the no-see-ums gave me hundreds of bites that didn't really register until the next day (still itching!). I knew they were around as I heard constant buzzing in my ears that kept me awake at night but did not realize how badly they bit me. My take away about shelter is to carry a painters plastic cloth or something to make super fast shelter as it took the bulk of my time and energy to build a decent debris shelter that would shed some rain. I would also consider carrying mosquito spray (for full application beyond the wipes) and bug netting to sleep under or some kind of thin cloth fabric as a covering. Water: Once my shelter was built I needed to focus on hydration and was lucky to find one glass bottle and a few plastic bottles. The water boiled fast in the glass bottle but sure takes a long time to cool down (when your thirsty) making for a slow process. I poured water from the glass to the plastic to get another bottle boiling but without letting it cool the water was given a very plastic taste even with pine needle flavoring. I'll be adding water tablets and an aqua pouch to the psk kit to be ready for a true scenario but really that taught me to have a metal container like a "clean canteen" with me when venturing out to make for easier means of acquiring safe water in quantity. Fire: This was the easiest as I had a fire steel, sak farmer and also a lighter. I made a few curls from a dead dry branch and threw some sparks and was in business. I had plenty of scraps from the shelter building process and the forest floor was covered in sticks and grey birch chunks and an awesome stump of dry punky wood that would smolder well to hopefully keep the bugs off - but the wind direction blew the smoke away from the shelter and didn't help with the bugs. With the dry wood and warm night it was easy to continually toss a few pieces on the fire and keep it alive all night. I had a fire stick that allowed me to just reach out and move around pieces without fully getting up. Food: I ate a few Indian cucumber roots, chewed on some sassafrass leaves for moisture, boiled a few dried black trumpet mushrooms and nibbled some cattail shoots. The autumn olive and elderberry seemed to be picked clean by birds. There were some toads and frogs around but I gave them a pass. If I truly needed food I would have gone frog grabbing/gigging at night and swam out past the muck into the beaver pond to leave a few baited fish hooks attached to plastic bottles but this wasn't "alone". All in all the outing felt successful (minus the bug bites) and was a fun solo into the summer forest.