The 80/20 rule applies to most areas of our lives as well as survival. In survival this means that we need to spend most (80%) of our time practicing a few (20%) Priority Skills.
These skills are easy to learn and quick to apply. Example: you can learn the skills in a weekend and if you get lost in the rain you can make a shelter in 3 or 4 minutes. Boom! You just took Mother Nature to school.
- These are the Core Skills for most emergencies.
- This is the gear that goes in your day pack or bug out bag.
- Age, experience, & strength don't matter. Anybody can do this.
- Find the combination of skills that works for you.
- Hands-on practice.
- Light stuff on Fire!
Some of what we'll practice:
- Make a fire in the worst conditions
- Build a shelter in minutes
- Signal for help
- Carry essential equipment
- Tie simple knots
- Knife Craft
This is a great class for our newest members but for our experienced folks you can test your skills with some exciting challenges.
Dress warmly but bring what you would on a regular day hike. If it's raining I'll put up a big tarp so we're not all standing around in the rain. Also bring a pen/pencil and notepad. If you have a clipboard or something firm to write on that will help, too.
Clothing: Rain gear, boots and wool socks, several layers, hat, & gloves.
Be careful about using GPS. It usually leads people past the Lewis & Clark parking lot.
We'll meet in the Lewis and Clark parking lot at 10:00 am then do a quick shuttle down to the Sandy River.