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S&T's Cold Weather Wilderness Weekend 11/16 - 11/18

4 pm Friday 11/16 through 4 pm Sunday 11/18

We have changed the venue, we will NOT be going to French Creek but to the Civil Air Patrol Ranger Training Station instead.

For this exciting Survive and Thrive venture we will provide a format to learn new skills related to cold weather survival as well as give our members a free flowing space in which to PRACTICE THE SKILLS that have already been taught to you.

This is a great opportunity for newbies that know not much and hardened bushcrafters that have forgotten more than most others will ever know.

This is a FREE event.

Mike Danker, Jerry Hartman, Hugh Brenner, Brian of SEPA Survivalist, Charlie White and Fernando Salguero will all be on hand to help guide this weekend successfully.

Among other skills that will be shared we will certainly focus in on:

- Autumn/Winter wild food ID and foraging in the North American region

- Fire building and tending without matches or lighters

- Creating shelters that will keep you and loved ones warm through the night. You can make your own shelter and sleep in it if you wish.

- Basic orienteering and reading the night sky

- Modern and primitive tools and techniques to stack the odds in your favor

- Trap and snare setting for small game

- Stealth, subterfuge and camouflage

- Charlie White will be setting up a "trading blanket" on Friday and Saturday evenings. This is a great bit of practical fun. Bring any useful items that you can use to barter and trade for items that you are lacking. Food, tools, flashlights, hides and the like will all be on the blanket.

You must understand a few things if you plan to participate. -

* It will be COLD. Plan to layer up not only your clothes but also your bedding and tent. If you have a fair weather tent, bring a tarp to seal it up and keep the air and water out. Extra socks, tough boots, sturdy gloves and a warm hat. The more blankets you have with you the better off you will be. You may choose to sleep in your vehicle if that suits you, the parking lot is 35 yards from our campsite.

* We will provide a propane cooking station , a cleaning station, a power station ( phone charging etc). Toilets are on site.

* Be prepared to feed yourselves. A calorie is a heat fuel unit, stock up well.

* We will have a fire with hot water for tea/coffee/cocoa/instant soup going around the clock.

* Bring a folding chair or two for sitting around the fire ( a blanket will be an asset here too ).

* We are always family friendly. Feel free to bring kids and adults with you if they are of an age and mindset to grow from this experience. Please leave any that don't want to be at our event at home.

* Drug and alcohol use is not welcome at this event.

* This is a rain or shine event. Be prepared for rain and snow with a poncho or other rain gear.

* Bring any tools or gear that you want to try out. Think about fire steel,bow drill, magnesium fire sticks, knives, camp axes, compasses etc.

* In addition here is the official Survive and Thrive 5lb A to Z Bug Out Bag list of must have items.
DO NOT FEEL THAT YOU MUST HAVE ALL OF THESE WITH YOU IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE, however many of these items will be put to good use over this weekend.

a. Leatherman Wave / Gerber Multitool
b. 8" zip ties - 30 ea
c. 3 mil. 55 gal Contractor bags - 2 to 3 ea
d. 3 mil. clear plastic sheet - 8ft x 10ft
e. 550 MILSPEC paracord - 50 ft (not just any rope)
f. Duct tape - 20 to 30 ft on a flat roll
g. Signal mirror
h. LED flashlight with an on/off switch
i. Unlubricated , unribbed condoms - 3 ea ( water carry and wound seal )
j. Compass - button compass ( with moving face) is preferred to the needle compass
k. Whistle - it is better have a whistle without a ball inside
l. Latex surgical tubing - 6 to 10 ft
m. Clear medium or tall trash bags - 2 to 4 ea
n. Butane Bic lighter 1 ea
o. Strike anywhere matches dipped in wax ( not too thick)
p. Firestarters - fuelsticks or cotton/petrojelly balls in foil - 8 or more ea
q. Magnesium block w/ spark stick
r. Gatoraid / electrolyte powder
s. Medium sized fishing hooks 10 ea
t. Small bottle of chlorine powder
u. Bandana, large - 1 ea
v. Alcohol based hand sanitizer ( multi use )
w. Travel sized baby wipes - 1 pack
x. Gauze pads & cotton balls - 2 ea
y. Powerbars - 3 to 6 ea
z. Triple antibiotic salve / Neosporin

Finally, if you :

A. Do not have a tent, sleeping bag or camping gear

B. Have tent space to share

C. Wish to carpool to and from the event

D Wish to travel by car caravan to and from the event

E. Have any other questions

then please contact Fernando ASAP at[masked] / [masked]

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  • Joe

    very cold.. 27 degrees for the friday night and 29 on saturday night. I learned alot about dealing with the cold. it was very informative from a practical standpoint

    November 21, 2012

  • FERNANDO ANTONIO S.

    We did everything that we set out to do and then some ! Hugh and Brian were fantastic in their patient approach and dedication to empowering others with hands on knowledge. Hugh hauled so many teaching aids into our camp I was blown away with his preparations. Brian was great with the traps/snares and fire starting aspects, not to mention teaching how to de-feather and gut a fowl in the wild Wade was a wonderful addition with his hand drilling and cordage making skills. Elizabeth K also demonstrated a keen skillset that we should all aspire to (she rocks !). Mike Danker and Charlie White were great pillars of mountain man and pioneering culture with their tips, guidance and examples throughout the weekend. Those two around a campfire make for long lasting memories. It was good to see so many old and new faces this time out. My son formed memories that will stay with him for the rest of his days, as have I. Thank you all, I am humbled to be a part of this energetic expression.

    November 19, 2012

  • Chad S.

    Also, thank you Charlie for the hospitality and not letting me freeze, lol. I owe you one.

    November 18, 2012

  • Chad S.

    It was a truelly interesting and rare weekend with lots of outstanding people and some very usefull skills taught. Allot of very eclectic lessons and information were all over the place. The wild edibles lesson was enlightening. Little fire buildig lessons were happening everywhere along with fireplace cooking. The snare traps and animal tracking lessons were of allot of use as well. Even a great, hands on, livestock cleaning and gutting was very important for grid down survival. GREAT SHOT, FERNANDO! The woods and mountains were beautiful and there was an all around good vibe and natural setting. I was torn up about leaving early, but before I left, Mike sharpened my tools and gave me a lesson on sharpening and maintenance...as well as some advice on my firearms that I needed some guidance with. Also, I like the Eastern Pennsylvania survivalist crowd as well. I learned all ot from them. Cant wait to see you guys again. Thank you for the information, guidance and great time

    November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time! Met some great folks with alot of knowledge hope to see you all again soon!

    November 18, 2012

  • Su-Z

    I would like to express my gratitude to Fernando and company for organizing and sharing their knowledge and survival skills. Absolutely the best meet up I have ever attended. I met some wonderful people. Thank you for caring and sharing! Smiling Suzie. Ps. Lori also says thank you=: )

    November 18, 2012

  • Anne & D.

    ... and also liked everyone that came. Made some new friends! Awesome. Great group of people.

    November 18, 2012

  • Anne & D.

    Had a great time and learned so much! Big thanks to Fernando, Brian, Hugh, Allan, and everyone involved in putting this event together. Liked the facility and surrounding area. Thanks to CATV for sharing the property and helping out. Can't wait to go again.

    November 18, 2012

  • Alan

    Really nice event. Glad I got the chance to get out there & spend a day i the woods. Definitely liked the Hawk Mountain facility. Lot of resources. Thank you, everyone, who contributed to this event and, especially, thank you Fernando for putting it together.

    November 18, 2012

  • Thomas F.

    I've been to the Hawk Mountain area many times. This will be the first with my daughters and is a trip we have talked about alot over the years.

    November 16, 2012

  • W C

    fyi There is a Cabela's nearby
    100 Cabela Drive
    Hamburg, PA[masked]-7000
    I've never been there, but heard they are a big box outfitter.
    Going there will add 10 miles to your trip.

    November 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cabelas is on the corner or route 61 and interstate 78 its really not out of the way and yes they do have a bargain cave you might find some of the gear you need cheap

      November 12, 2012

    • Thomas F.

      Cabelas is AMAZING. This is their largest store in the country and it is like a museum with extensive dioramas of wildlife as well as TONS of gear and equipment. Really worth a visit!

      November 16, 2012

  • Vincent L. G.

    Due do Sandy, the company I work for lost power for over a week. As a result my paycheck was less than $120 dollars for this two week cycle. Sorry, I have to back out !

    November 16, 2012

  • FERNANDO ANTONIO S.

    I am bringing several fire extinguishers to cut down our risk of stray embers creating an incipient stage fire in an unintended space.

    November 15, 2012

  • CW

    for those attending the campout this weekend I suggest that you bring along a 2 or 5 gallon pail or bucket that each camper can use as a fire bucket. Since we will have no water pressure for hoses the ability to rapidly control a stray fire falls to the bucket brigade.

    November 15, 2012

  • Su-Z

    Hello friends, I am gathering our supplies over the next few days. I just relocated to PA and most of my camping gear is in Nashville, Uggh. I do have my tent and sleeping bags but need to get everything else. If anyone has any supplies i can borrow for the weekend it would be greatly appreciated. Thank You I can trade some shiatsu/energy work. Thank you. Lori and I look forward to meeting ya'll on Friday.

    November 12, 2012

    • Mike D.

      Let me know what you need.

      1 · November 13, 2012

    • Su-Z

      I am in need of the latex tubing and Bleach powder and if i can buy 6-55 gal contractor bags I would be grateful Thank You Suzie. See ya on friday

      November 14, 2012

  • Hugh

    If anyone has access to relativly fresh birch bark (any variety) bring a shopping bag full, for making birch oil.

    November 12, 2012

    • Mike D.

      Will look. just picked up a small tree last week.

      November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just wanted to give everyone a heads up there is no potable water at the camp since it is shut down for the winter they shut off the water. You will have to bring water with you or if you like there is a creek running on the property and it could be made potable easily.

    (one gallon per day per person for hygiene and drinking)

    See you all there!
    Brian

    November 10, 2012

  • jamie

    this sounds really great. i wish my kiddos were just a bit older. i'm not sure they're ready to tough it in the cold. I would love a workshop on the primitive tool making, bow making and starting a fire...we always use a ton of newspaper, I know we can do better than that!! How bout in the spring?

    November 7, 2012

    • jamie

      oh an trapping and snaring. really all of these skills look great!

      November 7, 2012

  • Joe

    This sounds great ! Does French creek have hook up service for a motorhome? hmmm

    October 22, 2012

  • Su-Z

    Just waiting on the details, Time to meet? what gear, food to bring? Thank You. Suzie

    1 · November 1, 2012

  • steven g.

    I'm eited for this! have some experience in bowyery and could do a sceminar on making primitive bows.

    October 22, 2012

  • Su-Z

    I am very interested in attending this weekend workshop. Looking forward to learning more. Thank You

    October 21, 2012

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