Kyt Lyn Walken has been writing articles for Prepper Press’s sister site, SHTF Blog (see her articles) and has even chimed in here. It seems appropriate then that we interview Kyt with a series of prepper-related questions. But first…
Who is Kyt Lyn Walken?
Kyt Lyn Walken is a lead instructor of Mantracking in Europe and is an official representative of Hull’s Tracking School. Tracking is what she has come to be known for in the online world. She became a Conservation Ranger after attending Conservation Rangers Operations Worldwide (CROW) in Poland. Kyt spends much of her time teaching others how to track, evade, and how to conduct search and rescue operations.
Kyt Lyn Walken Interview Questions
Q: When did you start prepping and what prompted it?
It goes back to 2012, when I heard the word “prepping” for the very first time. As often happens, my boyfriend introduced me to that, as well as to some videos on YouTube and websites. Then came the knowledge of the importance of being a prepper.
Q: What is the one modern convenience you’d miss the most if society collapsed?
Honestly, the chance of get information and data quickly and quite everywhere.
Q: AR or AK?
As an Anti-poaching Ranger, I would go for a shotgun. But AK is always my second choice.
Q: If the world as we know it came to an apocalyptic end, what would the most likely cause be?
The absence of a real, unique plan which keeps all the different countries on a same track.
Q: What personal attributes will be most important after a societal collapse?
According to my personal beliefs, courage and humanity. Humanity is always what makes the difference in handling and maintaining personal relations and connections among people.
Q: What are you most pessimistic about for our future? What are you most optimistic about?
Pessimistic: government, for the reason mentioned in answer number 4. Optimistic: the rebellion of nature.
Q: Bug in or bug out?
Bug out. It takes more courage.
Q: What is your favorite post-apocalyptic movie?
Mad Max (1979) and… why not? Predator as well.
Q: What is your favorite post-apocalyptic book?
All by Ray Bradbury and James G. Ballard. They are more… sci-fi, but I consider them pretty post-apocalyptic as well. Pure genius there!
Q: What do you think is the most overlooked items or skills most preppers don’t have?
Don’t want to sound too… biased, but the art I teach, tracking.
Q: If you could only own one gun, what would it be?
Q: What are your prepping pet peeves?
People full of gadget hanging OUTSIDE their backpacks.
Q: What was the last thing you did to prep? (e.g. stock pantry, target practice, read a survival book, etc.)
Read – again – When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes. Such a good book.
Q: Have you ever been in a situation where you had to utilize your preps or prepper know-how? If so, what was it?
To be honest, never. Except for the application of tracking skills. I use them in everyday life to read the terrain and avoid dangers, especially when I am off-grid on the Alps.
Q: Why do you think the apocalypse is so popular right now in books, movies, television, etc.?
Since Romantic Era (1800 – 1890), people fell in love with the idea of apocalypse and, generally speaking, with the concept of “transcendent.” My two cents!
Q: Name a prepper you hold in high esteem?
Dave Canterbury for sure. I value his friendship as well.
Q: Do your closest relatives prep or do you prep for them?
Quite all, that’s a good thing.
Q: What is the compelling advice/argument you’d use to convince a friend or family member that prepping is important?
In the last period… the pandemic for sure.
Q: Outside of anything related to prepping, what do you have for hobbies or do for fun?
Well… tracking, hiking, and reading a lot.
Q: Imagine it is one year after a devastating global pandemic hit. What does the world look like?
Just like it is nowadays: a world overwhelmed by FEAR and ignorance.
Q: Do any of your non-prepper friends/acquaintances think you are a tinfoil hat-wearing crazy person?
Yes, but I don’t try to bring them on board. It’s not a matter of being unfair: often living by ignorance keeps you… carefree.
Q: Do you have any parting advice or wisdom you’d like to share with others?
I am no one to share parting advise, but I would like to see more common sense and less ignorance for sure.