I was on a hiking trail and realized i wouldn't be able to survive in the woods. I couldn't even be a caveman (no caves in vicinity and don't know how to build shelter) because i don't even know how to start a fire without matches or a lighter. if you don't know the basics of survival, doesn't that make you dumb? i was looking around and i didn't even know how to fashion a simple weapon or tool to even begin to utilize or transform any materials around me. for instance, how would you go about fashioning an axe to cut trees? would you need to first start a fire to melt down some ore? how would you even go about finding it or even recognize it? i can't even enter the iron age because i can't recognize iron in it's crude form, unless it was just lying around and that would still be trial and error. is befriending some deer and following them around or observing them one good strategy to learn what they eat, where they sleep or what type of den/shelter they build or use etc? i know to locate a water source is first priority such as a stream. on survival shows, they are given basic tools and supplies but i mean none whatsoever, it's just you and the wild elements. what would be your survival steps and strategy if you had no modern amenities or tools to begin?