Last month I took part in a wilderness survival course under the guidance of a professional ex-military specialized in forest operations. I promised Daisy that I'd start putting on paper everything worth sharing once I returned. Here's the first installment for The Organic Prepper community. Next time I'll talk more about the practical aspects of the course.
I met a team of real-life Rambos
For decades, this group of instructors have been in the Amazon forest and swamps, deserts, and other types of environment, training, and actual combat missions. They are very experienced in wilderness survival, a team of rough and highly skilled guys.
In all this time doing various outdoor activities, I've met some very capable buschcrafters and wilderness specialists, from whom I learned a lot.
But, these folks are actually capable of living in the outdoors for an extended period. They can supply their basic needs and avoid dangers that would kill an average person in a short time, depending on the circumstances. All that with just a survival knife. They were also soldiers and thus possess solid combat skills.
We talked about survival, nature, and prepping
As for our group, we were a mixed bag of adventurers (trekkers, backpackers, wild campers), a couple of executives, and a few airsoft and paintball players. Some were into prepping and survivalism, in various degrees and levels of experience.
Each night we gathered around the campfire to chat before bedtime. (Figuratively speaking, as there were no beds to sleep on). I was able to take notes and collect ideas and perspectives. I'm aware of group dynamics from my own urban survival mentoring activities. But it's always refreshing and inspiring to participate in a different exercise in a contrasting setting. We learn a lot from these experiences.