Survival weekend training fun
Every year our team has a survival training weekend. This was my first time participating.
We had the great pleasure of Rob Spieden to teach the class for the entire day.
A flurry of emails before the weekend quickly spoiled any hope of me losing any weight during the weekend and dashed my hopes of eating beetle stew. A great pot luck feast was brewing amongst the team. My husband and I brought two dozen donuts. I sat them on the classroom table near enough food to feed three times the class’s partipating number.
We had just enough time to finish our coffee and donuts before Rob decided classrooms are boring. After a wonderful introduction to the use of maps and compass, most of us already had one or two classes under our belts on the subject, we staggered outside. Under the weight of our packs and maps in hand, we staggered into the woods to find our first orienteering marker.
This marker is a four foot tall wooden post with the top painted orange and a white number carved into the side. We had to bushwack by a route through the woods to find it. Our small group of troublemakers walked straight down the road where it comes to a stop at another road crossing it. We then cut into the woods and down a drainage nearly straight to the marker. It was the easy route.
With a simple walk upstream we walked nearly right into the marker.
On a lovely carpet of bright green moss we sat and waited for the other groups to catch up. They had taken more challenging routes and found the marker soon after we did. On the perfect area for maximum relaxation, we learned about the Rule of Threes. A simple list of things to remember in order for a human to survive.
Then, we whipped out the knives. Big ones, little ones, pink ones, serrated ones, ones with scissors, ones with saws. Some people had multiple knives. Some had enough knives to belong to the circus. A few had knives that belonged on the set of Crocodile Dundee. We like the knives. A good thing too. A decent knife is an important item on the list of 10 Essential Survival Items.
Everyone was instructed to find the next marker on the side of a steep hill. I joined a group that decided to walk upstream counting drainages in order to find our marker. A slow turtle and gorgeous warty little red toad later, we aimed ourselves up a steep drainage.
At that marker we learned how to relate what can be seen on a topo map to true life. Some people can do this crazy runnin around in the woods without a compass. Now, that is quite cool!
It was then decided by unanimous vote that it was time for LUNCH!
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