Who: Men and Women (children with Joe's permission) who want to test themselves
What: Minimalist Wilderness Survival Exercise
When: October 8 - 12 (Thursday - Monday) - Columbus Day weekend
Where: Ozark Mountains (still working on the exact location but it all looks pretty much the same)
Why: Because I'm gonna do it and it's more fun with friendsConcept
It started here: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=783
Well, it started years ago when we hosted a similar event and despite the "Oh YEAH! - I'm IN!"s very few showed up. It's okay, I understand - this is hard core. Not everyone is up to it. I'll tell you this though - if you want to do this - you will succeed - I will do my best to ensure you don't die Minimalist
We will have a very limited (some would say "extreme") packing list - if it's not on the list you may not bring it. Most will be shocked at the minimalism. Just for starters - tobacco ain't on the list. Smoker? Dipper? Get over it - you'll live. I was a very heavy dipper and did several similar (in that the packing list was austere) events in the past - and yet, here I am!
A BoB would be luxury. A PSK (personal survival kit) would be be a Godsend - we will have neither.
If you have a bonafide medical condition - you will be able to bring those items. Same with glasses.
Beyond that - I'm not saying just yet. There will be a shake down immediately prior to the start and cheaters will be sent home.EDIT: Packing list here : http://www.vikingpreparedness.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1534Wilderness Survival
Start brushing up on your skills this summer. Read books, ask questions and read this forum. Practice. This is not a "campout" - this is wilderness survival. This is not a "class" (although we will all share techniques) - it is an exercise. It will be mildly physical - wilderness survival usually is. If you can walk a couple miles through the mountains - cross country - in one go and not die - you will do fine. If you cannot - well then, you have all summer to get ready. And hey - you won't be carrying a BoB!
People who survive wilderness survival experiences are usually hungry when they come out. Yeah... Let's just say we won't be eating spaghetti and chili.Exercise
In that you will be tested - as an individual and as a group. There will be tasks to perform. You will pass or you will fail. Regardless - you will
learn. Those who pass may get rewards - those who fail get nothing. This is a training event only in the sense that we are getting out and doing. This is not a "class" or series of classes. We won't sit down and talk about how to build a fire before we start. We won't give a class on building snares before we start. It will just be "Okay, build a fire." (there - you have two hints).
There will be no winner or loser - this is not a competition like that. There will be no "Master Survivor Award" and we will not "vote anyone off the island." In real survival situations successful groups pull together. Having said that - you will be given individual tasks to perform - as individuals.Cost
It won't be more than $70 a piece and probably less.
Yes, you will have to take off work - you have plenty of time to arrange that.
Yes, you will have to travel to and from the exercise location - it's still CHEAP.
It will be a pay in advance (no refunds) deal to force folks to commit.
When we get closer to the event I will take a survey of participants to see if we want t-shirts for the survivors. I know I do but they will cost about $10 additional.EDIT:
I'm just going to include Ts in the price
Okay survivors - are you up to it?
Talk is cheap.
Facta non VerbaEDIT: Signup here: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1858