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Wilderness Survival Classes This Tuesday!

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Kim C.
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Puyallup, WA
This Tuesday, January 18th in Puyallup: Wolf Journey Classes on Wilderness Survival

1:00-3:00 PM for Homeschool Families

4:00-6:00 PM for Afterschool Youth (parents also welcome)

7:00-9:00 PM for Adults (with focused youth welcome)

Rsvp at­

General Itinerary: (slightly different for youth groups, however)

Most hikers would never leave without carrying some extra rope for multi-purposeuse, and in fact, knowing how to make rope from all-natural materials is is one ofthe most important survival skills. While people are arriving, Chris will teacheveryone how to "reverse wrap" grasses, cedar bark, stinging nettles, and other materials into strong rope.

In a survival situation, it is also important to multi-task, so as you practice your reverse-wrap, everyone will also introduce themselves with their primary interest for the evening. As you continue to work on making rope, Chris will introduce the critical order ofemergency survival, which you can read about at­

­As you probably know, beginning hikers should never leave home without all the 10 Essentials, but as your wilderness skills grow, that list begins to change. For instance, if you become versed in making fire-by-friction using the "bow-drill" method of "rubbing two sticks together," you mayfind that this "primitive" skill is actually the most dependable fire-starting method in our cold, damp Pacific Northwest weather. So although bringing a fire-starting kit is great, it might not be as important as bringing ametal pot. Why? Chris will lead a discussion on this fascinating perspective.

Wrapping up the first hour of class, we will break into groups for a Five Minute Emergency Drill. Chris will present a survival scenario, and you can "go italone" or form a small group to figure out how best to survive the situation based on the order of survival, your level of experience, and other factors.

The second hour of class will be spent primarily outdoors on the lawn, so please dress for the weather as we practice a series of hands-on skills, including:

Navigation. We will test whether you are right-or-left dominant when walking sothat if you ever get lost, you can better orient yourself. We will also give a 1minute overview of how to use map and compass, an overview that even if you are anexpert navigator, is an excellent exercise to pass on to novice hikers.

Shelter. We will show you actual materials you might find in the Pacific Northwestwilderness with which you can make shelter in case of emergency. We will demonstratethe lean-to, debris hut, and finding natural shelters, plus discuss the limitationsof each structure in the Pacific Northwest. Once again, we will break into groups,and each group will have 5 minutes to build the best shelter possible for the"model" we provide. This activity is a real eye-opener for understandingactual shelter-building in emergency situations.

Water. Now that giardia is pervasive in fresh water throughout North America, ifyour water filter fails, or you run out of purification tabs, what then? We willbring samples of "burn bowls" and show you how to make them in case youare caught without a metal pot to boil water in, and show you how to "rockboil" water in order to purify it.

Fire. Of course, if you don't have a fire source, then you can't boil water orenjoy comforting external warmth. It is critical to practice making fire withall-natural materials. Unfortunately, few people actually practice this, and it'shard to do, especially in wet Pacific Northwest climates. We will set up"tipi" and "lean-to" and "log cabin" style firedemonstrations, discuss proper use of matches, lighters and magnesium, and thenactually light (but of course immediately put out) a fire by "rubbing twosticks together" using the bow-drill fire-by-friction method.

Food. The depth to which we will discuss food will be entirely time dependent. Wewill start with wild edible plants that grow right around us as well as out inthe wilderness. We will also discuss the Big 5 foods you would seek out right awayin a wilderness survival situation, even before resorting to hunting and fishing.

If you have any questions about this class, please send an email­ or simply rsvp and Chris will contact you with additionalinformation. Thanks!
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