this detailed build-along I thought some might enjoy. Definitely a cheaper alternative than dropping $400 on a manufactured setup...
"This 4 day training is a Survival Exercise for those who have completed the Wilderness Survival Training with the Southeast School of Survival (Other survival school courses are not accepted). This exercise is designed to give the student the opportunity to practice being in a situation that is as similiar to a survival situation as we can get. A Survival Training Instructor will accompany the students along every step of their journey. You will experience survival by being given scenarios, while at the same time trying to prioritize basic needs of a survivor. You will be in the deep woods of the North Georgia Mountains. You will be navigating through very rough terrain using a map & compass only. All the items you bring will be carried in improvised packs. You will be building emergency survival shelters and practicing bushcraft work in a static camp environment. You will be taught global principles of survival, and be practicing primitive survival skills along every step of the way. You will practice emergency survival first-aid on yourself and on each other while at the same time trying to accomplish required tasks for survival. You will be required to bring certain items for safety purposes, but in order to simulate a realistic survival environment, you will only be allowed to use them in an actual emergency."
|Basic loop snare placed near a burrow|
|Picking out game trails|
|The Paracordist version|
"Why do you go barefoot?"Am I going to get rid of my shoes or try barefoot hiking? No way, but I like his philosophy of forcing himself to move slower, to notice his surroundings.
"I like my feet tough. Prisoners of war were always stripped of their shoes as without them they were less likely to run. Going barefoot forces me to pay attention to my environment. I see more, I have better focus, I feel a greater connection to the planet; all very valuable survival traits. On the “everyday life” side of things, the majority of the situations in my life do not require footwear…so why would I consume a resource when it’s not necessary? I also like the challenge"
"Without this fat you have wasted the energy held within. Many of your trappers in the 18th century died of starvation while eating scores of rabbits, I would not want the mistakes of history to be repeated by those who do not know them."
"...early in the day Bell shot and wounded what he thought was a black bear, which are less aggressive than grizzly bears.
Bell and Stevenson waited about 15 minutes until they thought the bear had died, then tracked the 400-pound grizzly into thick cover, according to Stevenson's mother, Janet Price.
When the bear turned on the men, Stevenson yelled at the animal to distract it and keep it from attacking Bell, Price said.
When the animal instead went after Stevenson, Bell fired multiple shots trying to kill the animal, Bowe said.
It was unclear how many times the bear was hit, or whether the bullet that killed Stevenson had first hit the bear..."