Kim and Chris Chisolm of Wolf College teach nature and survival classes in the Portland and Vancouver areas. The following skills will be covered in this class:
Essential Tools and the Critical Order of Emergency Survival: why the hiker's 10 essentials list changes as wilderness survival skills grow; the most dependable fire-starting method in our cold, damp Pacific Northwest weather; why a metal pot is more important than a fire-starting kit.
Fire: tipi, lean-to and log-cabin style fire demonstrations; proper use of matches, lighters and magnesium; how to light a fire by using the bow-drill fire-by-friction method.
Shelter: materials in the Pacific Northwest wilderness that make a lean-to or debris hut; how to find natural shelters; the limitations of each structure in the Pacific Northwest.
Water: how to make burn bowls and how to rock boil water in order to purify it.
Food: wild edible local plants and the Big 5 foods to seek out right away in a wilderness survival situation, even before hunting and fishing.
Rope-Making: how to make rope from all-natural materials by “reverse wrapping” grasses, cedar bark and stinging nettles.
Emergency Drill: a survival scenario will be presented, and you can go it alone or form a small group to figure out how best to survive the situation.
Cost: $15 if you pre-register by calling them [masked] or[masked]) or using PayPal on the Wolf College website. $20 at the door (if there's room).