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Backcountry Survival Level 1
Do you have what it takes to survive an unexpected night outdoors in the local mountains? No matter how prepared you are, unexpected gear failure, navigation error, lost trails, and injuries can all leave you far from home when darkness falls. Learn the valuable survival skills you need to face this situation, even with minimum gear, and make it home alive!
This course is designed for those who enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, and backcountry skiing in the lower mainland. The focus of this course is on basic survival skills using minimal resources. Building shelters, starting fires, finding food and water… these are only part of what you will learn this weekend. Learn the psychology of survival, and find inner strength you never knew you had!
This course is an essential pre-requisite to the upcoming Backcountry Survival Level 2.
Scott has an instructional background going back an easy 20 years! All starting in the Canadian Cadet Program, then progressing to 12 years with DND where he instructed Cadets and Reservists on topics including but not limited to; Aircrew survival, Bush craft, Navigation, Search and Leadership. Since 2011 Scott has been a full time Firefighter with Vancouver Fire Rescue Services, where he not only works on the fire floor, but also Instructs EMS both on and off the job through the Canadian Red Cross. His instructional ability carries him far and wide with teaching experiences in El Salvador for FRITA ( fire rescue international training association) on many fire service related topics.
Scotts interest in Survival and Bush craft all started when he was a cadet at 12 years old. This love has followed him his whole life, where he continues to be a student of survival, from reading wilderness accident reports and survival manuals to staying up to date on new techniques and getting out to enjoy the PNW wilderness. He has had the privilege to not only learn these critical skills from the Canadian Forces but to also receive instruction from the United States SERE ( Search, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) program.
The course begins with a three hour classroom session from 6 Pm until about 9 PM. During this evening session, we will discuss wilderness survival principles, field kits, communications, incident response, and risk mitigation.
The next morning, we head out for day one of our two day field trip, near Devil’s Lake, north of Mission. After a short hike (less than 2 hours) we will spend the day learning valuable physical and psychological skills, including fire-starting, shelter building, survival psychology, incident management, and - ahem - food acquisition, in preparation for your solo overnight survival experience!
In the evening, you will use your newfound skills to build a shelter, and then spend the night in the cozy shelter you built yourself! (Backup tents will be available if necessary.)
Day two of our field session begins with a discussion and debrief of the solo experience over terrible coffee. Next, we will embark on short hikes to practice skills including navigation, route finding and signalling. Around 3 PM we will hike back to our cars, and return to the city.
Sleeping Bag (To Current Conditions)
Food as Required
Stove (as backup)
Survival Blanket or Bivy
Tarp (2X3 M. Sil-Tarp is Recommended)
Optional / Recommended
Pristine or other Chemical Water Treatment
Personal First Aid Kit
Note Pad & Pencil
Layers Appropriate For the Season (No Cotton!)
Hat with Sun Visor
Sunglasses (100% UV protection)
Water Bottle (1-2 Liters)
Compass (w/ Mirror and Sighting Sytem)
Knife (Multitool is Recommended)
Personal Kit (Toothbrush, Foot Care, Toilet Paper, etc… keep to minimum)
Sunscreen (Minimum SPF 30)
Fire Starting Tools (Metal Matches, Stormproof Matches, Flint & Steel, etc…)
Insect Repellent (Seasonal)
Rope or Cord (Paracord is Recommended)