Learn some incredible survival techniques in the Central Canadian Rockies. Sharpen your bushcraft skills, and enjoy an amazing two day experience in the breathtaking Kootnay Plains on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River just outside Nordegg, Alberta. This intro survival and bush-craft training provides an introduction to basic outdoor skills and northern bushcraft. Participants will focus equal amounts on theory, outdoor awareness, being properly prepared, tricks and techniques to keep you alive in emergency situations and a lot of practical bushcraft skills. Participants will gain knowledge, which can be used in a wide variety of outdoor scenarios all the way from camping, hunting, canoeing, or hiking. We provide opportunities to hone and develop new abilities, and we include one night spent sleeping in your very own improvised survival shelter.
Introduction to your instructor(s). From Shunda Creek, drive approximately 40 km to the training location. At Kootnay Plains, you'll set up a base camp. You'll start by covering what precautions to take and dangers to avoid. Proper equipment and priorities during emergencies. You'll then move to how to make survival fires and shelters under adverse conditions. The emphasis of the course is on developing practical and useful bushcraft and overall outdoor skills. At night, there is the opportunity to sleep in your very own survivalTopics Covered During the Course:
Being properly prepared in the outdoors (This includes clothing, gear, basic survival equipment, first aid, emergency signaling, general safety, hydration, cold/hypothermia, wild animals, and other dangers.)
Understanding and evaluating risk with regards to the outdoors
Knowing which are the correct priorities when encountering survival situations
How to make survival fires under extreme conditions and its importance in survival situations (We cover different methods of making fire: matches, tinder, sap, flint, and bow.)
Basic orienteering in the mountains and forest using maps , compass and GPS.
How to build different survival shelter including choosing proper locations. Using improvised materials, shelter types, survival camping techniques and how to stay warm at night.
Introduction to basic food sources and edible plants found in the mountains and boreal forests region (berries, shrubs, grasses, fungi, and plants with useful or medicinal purposes).
Basic knife and hatchet/axe craft.
Making and improvising basic snares and small game traps
Review of useful knots for bushcraft and survival situations.
Intro to making rope/cordage; building outdoor survival saws out of basic materials.
Instructors & Group Size:All guides take part in extensive training programs, and each guide offers a unique set of skills. Instructors are fun and enthusiastic. They love to teach, be in the outdoors, and share their contagious enthusiasm with everyone.Accommodation:As the courses are focused around the outdoors, accommodation will be in the form of the highest quality four-season tents. The romantic atmosphere of a burning camp ﬁre is central to what we do and meals are cooked around an open ﬁre.