How To Escape The City (Urban Evasion While Being Hunted)Nov 17, 2023
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More than 80% of the world's population lives in an
urbanarea. environment, so if something is going to happen that you really need to get away from, it's probably going to happen in the
city, you're probably going to end up living in a
cityand just like we talked about in our Woods video, it might seem like this is something that's a long way from that there is zero chance of it ever happening and yet time and time again, whether in Ukraine or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we have seen that cities are often the areas where this occurs, so when we talk about
evasionwhen it comes to an
urbanenvironment, it could be due to a variety of reasons, from there is a terrorist attack in the city and you need to get out, to there is a natural disaster and you need to get out, there are so many different reasons for needing to evade and get out. of the city and we are not going to specify exactly which one will force you to go, but we are going to talk about many different scenarios and many different ways to deal with this and as always the important thing is going to be that no matter how crazy this seems and no matter how crazy As aluminum foil as it may seem, talking about information is free, so in today's video we are going to be talking. about urban
evasion, escaping the city, I hope you learned a thing or two.
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beingsaid, talk is cheap and evasion is hard, so let's go. On this, okay, credentials, why should you listen to us? So I spent the first part of my career in the Air Force as a survival and evasion guy and then here with me I have my friend F, who also did the same thing later on. I moved to tacp and uh, F ended up doing a lot of the civil sector, you want to talk about that a little bit.
Yeah, I ended up doing a lot of civilian courses, as much as op four, and then also attending other courses in our own urban survival course that we do with simple solutions, so we've looked at a lot of different urban environments, how to stay alive in them regardless of the situations that are happening and yes, it has been a good time and in addition to that, I have taken many civil evasion courses within the cities. I spent a lot working with other people around the world on their tactics and how they work on evasion out of cities again.
This is not something like that. Wazo, this is not going to be anything that is amazing knowledge. Things like this have been around for a long time, so don't think that the things we're saying are somehow super novel or surprising and say, Yo, yo. I never would have thought of that, it's just a bunch of common things that make sense and when you put them together, they make a pretty good plan to get out of town, so we're talking about evasion, we're talking about initial contact. with someone we don't want or with something we don't want, whether it's a natural disaster, I know you've done a lot of that work or whether it's someone bad, a terrorist attack, you're you. you are
beinginvaded by a foreign country, what happened in Ukraine, this is not as crazy as you think and suddenly you find yourself needing to leave the city, this is something you should plan ahead, you should have known about it.
With your family you should know if I have to leave we can't make contact with each other if our house is destroyed where do I go? Am I in a forest somewhere or where am I going to go? to help you understand which direction you should travel, but we're talking about breaking initial contact, so I leave. You know, these guys with guns jump out and are ready to kill me. I need to get away from them, so it's going to be very similar to what we talked about when we talked about rural
escapein the mountains like we were talking about last minute, so when you try to break contact with them, it can be as fast as uh o As for about 10 m to a mile, that's one of the problems you see in urban environments: there are a lot of straight lines in many cities, especially in the US where we use a grid pattern, other cities they will do it. it's more of a tile in its design and structure and it's easier to miss things in those areas, but with a grid if you're into the uh type, I think one of the terms I heard was a linear danger area type, uh, it's It's one of those things that they can see from below, so you have to change direction quite often and quickly to really lose someone behind you and the cool thing about our initial move is when we do it like he was talking about.
In those 10m we can just turn a corner and if there are a lot of people, it's actually not that difficult to get lost among those people, the most important thing will be that initial movement, if you can, as soon as you break that initial contact with Someone, if you can change your appearance, it will be a big help in helping you escape because there will be an initial description of you or an initial impression that they will see. Hey, I see a guy in a blue shirt. In I see a guy in a gray shirt.
I see a guy with long hair. If we can change those things very quickly in that initial contact, it's going to be really very important to do so, so I'll do a quick demonstration of what an initial braking contact might look like for a small movement, so if I'm breaking contact, I've seen them on the street, I have turned a corner, I am going to continue forward, I am going to turn another corner. I'm going to change my look so come here
whileI move take off that shirt and if I can I'll join all the people I can see there so I can head straight to the street from here I can look different and then match it with the crown and that will be a big help in breaking that initial cont, this is what one of the little movements that we were talking about will look like, so one of What you also have to consider is how long you were exposed, how long they look at you because they get more details the longer they have, so if they have been following you or watching you for a long period of time then you have to go and change your appearance more, however if it is low light, it is dark, they only got a glimpse, you won't have to change a lot, so it really depends and that's one of the most annoying answers you can give, but it's true.
Okay, what we're going to do now is we're going to stay in these Alleys, we're going to break contact, we're going to move quickly when we're in these areas, on these straights, we're kind of out of place. main roads and we are on the main roads we are going to act more naturally to integrate again this will depend on your environment if I am in a war and everything is destroyed by the war, surely you are going to change your position, but if things are less divided by war, maybe they are hunting me only within one city, then I will have to learn how to combine it better, so in this case we are going to consider that we are trying to combine a little better, we are trying to reach our family, which is a prearranged meeting point in the mountains around the city, so we're going to leave right now, so what we've done is we've broken initial contact right here.
So we have reached a place where we are out of sight of everyone we have seen and who could report our location, so at this point what we need to do is take stock of what we have carried on, let's do what that we talked about before and that will be your initial height view. If you want to talk about that, at the initial height you are trying to review what you have for the team. as far as equipment, sustenance, uh, maintenance equipment, things of that nature, if the weather is changing with you, you know, change with it, as you need it, also another good time to change your appearance again, uh, trying to complete things as you go. through realizing my water bottle is empty, things of that nature, trying to take stock of what we need, what we have, and what exactly we can do from here, so a big question might be what I need, for example, if I'm going out.
I'm going to the forest after this and I'm going to go searching with my family. Do we have a stash of equipment lying around? Do I have water bottles? Do I have those things that I need to be able to survive? If not, this might need it. I need to pick them up as I go around town
whileI get those water bottles and move on again. This is the moment when we are going to change our costume. This could also be the time to make communications that you want to talk to. that a little Yeah, so for communications within a city, there are a couple of different options, most people will have a cell phone with them.
The problem with cell phones is that, well, most of the ones out there right now you can't turn them on. off so if you can get your hands on old phones it's really good because you can remove the battery that makes the phone last longer you can change the batteries frequently and it just extends the life of that tool if the r or the phone towers don't work , then you also have backups that you can do using radios, whether they be analog DMRs, things of that nature. The big problem with dealing with radios inside larger cities because of buildings and all that kind of stuff is you get a lot of bounce off those buildings with the direct RF signals, so unless you're hitting repeaters or something, It will be very difficult to get line of sight from your radios to communicate, especially when you are surrounded. for concrete, so the other option you could also do is fun little tools like mesh networks, mesh networks are great, you can program them on your phones, you can configure them, buy them yourself, mesh tastic is the one I know on the part top of my head, uh, and you can program them to send text messages to anyone you want to have permission to be on your network, you can have them in full AES, whatever is encrypted, uh, and you can still have a secure network to communicating even when cell towers are down radio frequencies are not an option, it is as long as you have enough notes between you and the people you want to talk to, you can still stay in touch exactly and now talk a little more with the initial height view here, so if we can get away from the people, so I want to have both top covers and I want to be far away so there are not so many people around.
The reason for the higher coverage, of course, is more than likely that I have some type of aerial assets that we are looking for for you, especially unmanned aerial vehicles in the city. I mean, cities are very big and that's perfect cover for UAVs, so it's something you want to make sure you're thinking about over and over again when it comes to this. This isn't going to be the best high view, so from here what we're going to do is talk about some movement techniques and we're going to get into some of our basic movements to get to a It's best to hide the view somewhere where we can sleep and possibly collect some of those supplies as we go along the way, so the most important thing with movement will be that it will depend entirely on what is happening in the city.
We are in a war-torn environment. Are we in an environment where the city is starting to deteriorate? There is a general social collapse. The point is that the more we integrate, the better. So the most important thing about moving in the city is not to do that. It draws attention to yourself, so for example if you're walking and you say who's doing this doesn't make any sense you shouldn't be sneaking, sneaking around in an urban environment is not at all like sneaking through the woods where you are. You're like walking too low or something you need to walk like that that's what you do every day you walk to work you walk home walk like thatit's just part of your daily life try to act naturally um yes If you somehow stick out, that will be a problem that also comes with the movement and flow of people, so when it comes to how people move, most Of Americans have a habit of stopping very good posture, Mike here has been working a lot on his posture to help with his neck and everything good, so he stands very straight with his chest out, eyes forward, neck forward , shoulders back, puffing his check into a good gate at the right pace. great for him, but in most places he will stick out like a sore thumb, so sometimes you have to lift his shoulders up, your little one just walks with his head tilted slightly down, looking just a couple of feet in front of you while We're passing by looking up and that doesn't really draw much attention.
Eye contact is what really attracts people. So one of the other things is the flow that you were talking about before. The flow of people is like water. You don't want to be the salmon trying to swim against the current because then the bear will catch you, so you want to follow the current and if it's in the right direction, great, if not, well, use it to cross. the other side take another avenue choose another route and keep moving uh when I did evasion exercises on the civilian side um with several people uh I did things like put on a high VI construction vest and just walk with construction workers towards a construction site , so that's taking me through a lot of different areas.
It seems I'm just part of the construction team. I stop when I need to, the point is to adapt to whatever is happening. People have taken off less clothes, it seems like If you're working out or going for a run, it doesn't matter, but the time of day definitely does and the time of day will depend entirely on the city you're in and when people normally moves. like a curfew because there are military blockades so you're taking a big risk by moving after that curfew all the things you're going to have to think about when you move we usually say you move at night, that's usually better, it's more hard to recognize you and it's going to be harder think about going out with your friend, so if I go out with Charles right here and we go watch some movies, you can look at Charles, let's look at Charles, right?
Now Charles is quite recognizable. I know his door. I know how it happens, but if he's still far away and we're waiting for all our friends to come, we think Charles is that Charles. Do you think that's Charles? Like, oh, that's Charles, what's up, Charles? So the point is that when someone is far away, it's a little hard to recognize who it is, you won't be crazy about avoiding people, but if we can keep a little distance so it's a little harder to identify, that will be a big help. helps, so here we'll just do a couple of basic moves to show you what it should look like.
This is pretty simple when it comes to moving around within your urban environments and again. try not to be on those main streets when you're moving, cut when you can, as long as it's not completely unnatural, so a couple of notes there, um, if you notice that Mitchell and I were lagging behind each other, we weren't just walking side by side we kept a lot of distance between us and that's something you have to do, another thing you notice we were hunched over we changed our posture I changed my door the way I walk these are all the things you can do There really isn't much to do to do, it seems silly, seeing or doing it for the first time, but this is something you can practice.
I do this all the time and if I'm in a city I'll try to change. the way I appear I'll change my posture I'll change my door how easy it is for you to do these things becoming a different person doesn't really take much and having these kind of little characters that you can slide into when you're walking can help you adopt those different stance patterns and those different door patterns, at least that's what I use, man, so it's actually not as hard as Mike was saying, the other thing you can do too. the thing to do is put on the universal "leave me alone" sign the headphones pull out your phone, you know, or something that looks like a phone, even a random phone case that you might find in the trash that might even be broken, people see it as the universal sign of I'm not paying attention to you and I don't care what anyone else is doing around me now, as we move forward, there will be things we can possibly collect to make our lives easier.
So, unfortunately, F has found a wonderful bottle of water, unfortunately, this is great and will take us to our water point. So when it comes to water and food, there is one you really can't go without, now I mean five both. I know you can really go 3 days before you die without water, but what happens after about a day without water? Oh, you're rubbish, you're making bad decisions, you're doing stupid things, you can barely function, your body starts to cramp, it's a really bad time, the second day you can barely open your hands, they're so tight, they're so tight, like this which you have to understand if you're really going to want to be able to get out of the city and it really shouldn't take As long as you need to have water, there are a lot of different considerations now when it comes to water.
I'm going to talk about that right now if you want to go ahead and dig into it, man, yeah, when it comes to water, in most cities. If it is still working the water filtration system will be your best friend, all you have to do is find a fountain or something and a good source of clean water. Honestly, this one is pretty good, it's not that bad. Everything was fine, everything will be fine, but once you find out you have to be able to find a SP, turn it on, pick it up from there, the problem is that most cities during castro fees of any kind, the water.
The system and the electricity go out eventually, sometimes before others, so you have to find a different way to collect water, some of which could be tributary streams that make a transpiration or a vegetation bag over the plants using bags of garbage and things of that nature, but there are many different ways and you still have to clean that water before you ingest it, so that's when you choose iodine that you could have gotten from a medical kit somewhere or chlorine bleach, things of that nature or even improvise your own carbon filter from several water bottles so you can clean it and make it drinkable.
Do you want to explain how to make those water filters? It's actually pretty interesting, so these guys are awesome. The first thing you would put in it is. charcoal and that would be at the bottom followed by rocks, sand, grass, pebbles, things from nature, uh, and you're layering it in a system from coarse on top or fine from top to bottom to coarse on the bottom and the coal is the last one and you would do it. just pour it all into these little ones here through the top so the bottom has charcoal right here and you have your Pebbles, your little Pebbles, sand and you put mesh fabrics or square pieces of t-shirt on each end and just start pouring water from the top.
Dirty water goes to the top. Clean water comes out the bottom. It's pretty simple. It works slow. And that's the only thing that sucks, but in these really war-torn environments or in natural environments. Disasters have hit the water system, that will be something you may have to do. Another consideration will be chemicals, especially if they flow from some streets into rivers like those right next to cities or even similar water sources. that you can possibly collect it, it's good to do a sniff test, so if it smells like gas, it smells like oil, it smells like something that's not appetizing, you don't want to drink it, no matter how much filtration you do.
It's going to be very difficult to get those chemicals out and you probably won't have time to do it. That's something that we had a problem with in a lot of cities, with those rivers that run through those cities where there's so much of this exhaust and everything that gets into those rivers is almost undrinkable, even just the traffic bleeding into the streets that goes into the sewers and then goes into those streams and rivers and everything else gets pretty bad. The other problem will be the even trees, so there can be puddles of water and if you put a bunch of leaves in there, it will actually leach a lot of the chemicals and a lot of things from the leaves and that because horrible diarrhea ask me how I know, It could possibly kill you, we've both been there, it's horrible, so if possible the things I've used, I've used gutters, especially as gutters on top. of buildings that I've used as a natural collection point, especially like uh, further away from the roads, if you have a natural difference in the concrete and things that you can sip on and that works really well, rainwater is great, classic socks Tied around your ankles and passed through them like grass or dew is a very good way to collect water and squeeze it directly into your mouth.
The point is to get that water by any means possible because it won't work without it and especially if you're going to go through town and you need to collect it, start collecting it before you leave there and that will also take us to another point if you're going somewhere where you really You will return to civilization. You're just escaping a strength that's important to have, if you drink some really strange water, keep some of it with you that way when you get to that medical facility, you can say, this is what I drink, I'm going to die and the answer might be yes. um, but at least they can give you something to make you comfortable, you know, worst case scenario, uh, but that's just one of the things that you can find yourself drinking that you don't want to, but you have to do it. now.
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A fairly classic place where you see a lot of people sleeping. these types of areas and that can really be an advantage for you, so if you have a lot of homeless people living in an area that may mix with that population, maybe it's not such a bad idea and also find areas that are a little more difficult to find. equalizing too much within those normal areas can be to your advantage, so F here is going to jump, he is very flexible, come on buddy, this will be a place where we can hide, we can sleep, of course we are going to settle down. watches, we will never both be asleep at the same time if we can gather our things and figure out what the next step will be.
Now, another great thing about these areas that are kind of isolated, people do a lot of weird things. here, whether it's depressed kids or whatever, sometimes it's possible to find clothes here, so this is something I've done. I found, you know, t-shirts covered in vomit or different things. I can change my appearance, that's all. There will be something I can do that will benefit me by changing my appearance. This will also be a good area where I can sleep and it will help me, so this will be our hidden view now we are going to talk about what we can do in this hidden view as well and right here we have examples of hiding things from various homeless people, as we can see there, from clothes to bedding and what have you?, we're not condoning theft, but at the same time, it's preventing another man from, you know, being one man's trash, another man's treasure.
Also, if you've done something like that where you're acquiring things, never go back to where you got that stuff from um, don't go back to the crime scene in Arma 3 in Minecraft, okay, we talk, so when we trade we can make it look like again. we were different people walking and changing our perspective and appearance. Besides that, we also want to change our door, maybe change the equipment bags because now, if you are looking for a person who was wearing a waterproof jacket and a brown backpack with short hair, well, the wrong person is the same, the guy long hair hippie with drug rug. in short hair, different pants, different bag, right, another big thing will be that I have acquired throughout my time traveling different things too, so I have a different t-shirt that I have in my bag.
I also have a different hat I can wear. So depending on where I am, I have the hat facing forward and backward, depending on the style, this will also help hide my face, especially from the cameras. You have to realize that inside the city they will always watch you, yes,cameras are. everywhere, everywhere, every one of those buildings we passed today had security cameras on every corner, on every flat face, there is no way to move within a big city and with artificial intelligence recognition technology It's very difficult to avoid, um this. The good thing is that there are certain disturbances with certain people wearing masks all the time, that's really good because it creates AI, it makes it very difficult for AI recognition to be able to identify that, so if that's something I can use to my advantage , everyone is already wearing face masks and running around, grab one.
Don't steal, don't mug people, yeah, say: hey, I'm, I'm on your side, can I have an extra mask? I don't want to get caught, so these are things you can use to your advantage. but you have to understand that the longer you are in the city, especially if you are being
hunted, you will probably eventually be identified by artificial intelligence technology, no matter what you do with this urban environment, whether I am trying to evade or trying to pass through it without to be noticed my biggest goal is to get out of there I don't want to be here this is the most difficult and dangerous place to be during conflicts you must leave as quickly as possible and as efficiently as possible but also with enough equipment and equipment so that you can sustain you once you actually leave all these resources that the urban environment provides now.
In today's example, it all happened when F and I were just spending a day in the city and we need to get back to our families now that night has fallen we sat within sight each of us took a short nap of about a time to replenish ourselves we have had some water we feel pretty good but what we are going to do right now is get some food and then continue our journey to get out of here so let's go ahead and get out of our hidden sight Yes We want to make sure that we don't leave any evidence that we were there trying to naturalize it, so if you have any type of footprints or large body prints, this is something where you can take some type of branch and you can place it on top of it. try to naturalize it a little bit and make it seem like you weren't there obviously, especially if you're being chased or trapped by certain entities, find something here, if a city is still working, things are still working, you usually go. to be able to find things in the trash no, actually we just found this, this was not prepared, um, that's amazing, there's a lot of nutrients and food right there and it's going to survive, it's going to last a long time, but As As things start to collapse, you will definitely run into more problems when it comes to food, especially perishable foods that will start to rot, so they will start throwing them away, so the things we need to think about are it's going to be I eat meat, so a lot of people look at a steak when it starts to go bad after they've thrown it away and say, "Oh, it's so good, though, you can cut it, especially on an intact steak, that rancid meat and you're usually let's go." to have good meat in the center now if we can cook it, whether it's drying it in the sun, whether it's citric acid, if you have some kind of heat source, that's better, sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
Survival is not it's great. Insects are cool. With bugs, as long as they're smaller than your thumb, you can usually rip off their heads and legs so they don't get stuck in your throat and just eating those suckers whole, it won't be fun. You may get parasites, but there is very little chance since it is smaller than your thumb. The other thing is to make sure it's a real insect, which means it has three segmented parts, six legs, so the head, the abdomen, the thorax and the six legs, make sure it's a real insect. otherwise you could be in something that could have some toxins in it that can hurt you, yeah don't eat like a spider, you don't want to die, it's a bad time, evading in a city, it's a lot less I would say.
It's exciting to dodge the mountains in terms of similar imagery to what you're seeing on camera, but it feels a lot more tense because there's a lot more contact with humans, which means there's a lot more chance of danger. The last things I want to warn you about will be the weather, so since you're constantly in shelter, you'll probably be going between buildings. There's plenty of overhead coverage for you, so you won't feel the weather as much, but as you arrive. out of the city into the rural environment into those fields where there is really nothing to break the wind, especially in the mountains the weather is going to change drastically and you might find yourself in a bad situation so make sure that if that weather It's bad that you are prepared to get the clothes you need in the city while you can get to it, the city is literal, there will just be tons of resources there, so if you can acquire those resources before leaving the city, you won't be put at risk, obviously, unless it's absolutely necessary, like water or other things, to make sure you survive, but at the same time you go out into those environments and you're just going to die because you don't have enough things to cover your body, that's still going to be a bad moment, everything will depend on the situation, nothing we teach here is an old situation, always, always, make sure to adapt it to wherever you are, for example.
If there was a flood, we found this in a trash can or something, we don't know how long it's been there or if it has water in it, if it got moldy or something, I'd probably just do it. overlook it, in those situations we look for more use of natural plants that are foliage in the area and things like that, we have gone two weeks without food, yes, food should not be a necessity, it is a nice water moving equipment for more forward. and five make a really good point, which is that a lot of the vegetation that is planted within cities is not dangerous, they are not planting dangerous plants and a lot of that stuff is actually edible, so I think this will probably be one of our most important videos because most of you will probably live in the city and deal with this at some point, whether it's natural disasters, this is something you should study and focus on now.
I've been doing this from scratch, as we started our getaway with very little on us, maybe an extra jacket, maybe a bottle of water, but if you have a little preparation, have a duffel bag in your car, you have more. things you carry with you when you travel plus medical kit, small iodine tablets, all these things can pay dividends in the end the other thing will be knowing your city knowing the layout knowing which direction is north knowing which direction is south knowing what type of the plants are growing there, you know where you could get food, all of these things, knowing them in advance could possibly save your life later on, and as crazy as it sounds, it all sounds like we've said before, you never want to be in a situation where It gets to a point where you need to use this and you haven't done any preparation, you've never practiced it, you've never tried it and you don't know, um, there's probably nothing more heartbreaking even for you, but if you can't take care of your family in these types of situations. um, no, no, don't let it get to that point.
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