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Wilderness Survival Skills Including Bow Drill Fire Demo

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).

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  • SarahFenix

    It's too bad the Sierra Club double booked the space. My husband and I wanted to attend, but he's coming down with a cold and probably should not be standing outside for the duration of this class.

    Can we reschedule or find an alternative (indoor) venue?

    January 21, 2014

    • SarahFenix

      Good to know! We still want to go, but may be late now. Where's the yoga studio?

      January 21, 2014

    • SarahFenix

      I guess its still at Sierra?

      January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I'm swamped at work. Won't be able to make it in time. Have a blast!

    January 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to attend tonight as planned but do hope you offer this class again in the future!

    January 21, 2014

  • Michelle

    I'm so sad I have to cancel. please let me know when i can attend this class again, if you repeat it.

    January 14, 2014

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