Monday, December 12, 2016

Skills Inventory

No matter what your passion or hobby is you undoubtedly have spent hours, weeks or even years trying to improve yourself. You would have buried your face in books, magazines or the Internet trying to research and gain new knowledge to increase your success in whatever it is that brings you satisfaction. 

You would also understand that if you stepped away from that sport or hobby for any given amount of time that you'd experience a little rust when you first returned. You would then return to the foundations and slowly build yourself back to that previous level of success or experience. 

I believe that we've all experienced this whether in sport, school or any other technical skill. Survival is no different. The skills that assist us in having a successful outcome are perishable but unlike sport or school the loss of these skills can result in your death. 

Even the most seasoned full time survival teachers will have a story or two to tell you about how they realized they had let certain skills perish or suffer due to complacency. A real life survival emergency is not the place to realize you've forgotten equipment or forgotten the fundamentals of friction fire.  

As the snows begins to accumulate in the bush this becomes the best time to sit down and review the survival priorities, the enemies of survival as well as your own skill set. So get out there and practice. Ensure you are prepared to survive a winter wilderness emergency. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Survival 2016 - Canadian Forces

This week we had the pleasure of working with 18 of Canada's finest infantry soldiers from 3 RCR. We spent the week sharing our knowledge, skills and abilities with them and than watching as they took those skills and applied them to survive the harsh weather conditions.

These soldiers were not allowed any personal equipment. No extra clothing, no food, no man made shelters and no sleep systems. They had the clothing worn and a few cutting tools which we provided.

With no hesitation they assssed their situation, their equipment, their environment and then put a plan in motion. Hard charging professionals who worked together to complete the mission. A true pleasure for us here to be able to watch and learn from them as well.

Over the next week I'll be adding photos to this site as well as the Facebook page. Be sure to follow us on Facebook at Beyond the Fire School of Survival.