Saturday, June 16, 2012

Foraging and Wilderness Survival

This weekend, I have left the familiarity and comfort of the garden for the wilderness.  I'm on a Wilderness Intensive Skills weekend being led by Laura Reeves and Dwayne Logan.

Last year, I joined Laura on a one day course called "You Can Eat That?!".  I thoroughly enjoyed foraging and preparing a feast with the great wild edibles we learned about.  You can read about that adventure here Wild Edibles .

This year, I'm going for the full weekend deal - I know I'll learn a ton from Laura and Dwayne - I can't wait!

The agenda includes topics such as:

  • Shelter
  • Direction Finding
  • Fire
  • Primitive Hunting
  • Plant ID
  • Cordage
  • Stone Tools
  • Tracking

I love that this is a "learn by doing" course - not some lecture in a classroom.  We'll be out in the bush practicing these skills all weekend.

We get to bring a tent, sleeping bag, knife and water bottle.

Don't tell anyone, but I'm also sneaking in some coffee.  I don't think I could survive without caffeine.  Actually, I'd scrape by - but my fellow participants might not want me wielding a knife while suffering from caffeine withdrawal.  I'm just sayin...


gypsysmom said...

I'm with you on the coffee front. I'd be a danger to myself and others if I went a full weekend without coffee. Hope you don't get too waterlogged in your foraging.

Gail said...

That sounds fun. Would love to try that