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Wilderness Survival Skills Could Save Your Life

Posted on January 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

You don’t have to be a contestant on the “Survivor” television program to learn wilderness survival skills. This information was second nature to our ancestors many generations back, but in today’s high-tech world, we have grown out of touch with nature and unaware of how to provide such basic needs as food, water and shelter.

But, with modern conveniences at our fingertips, why should we learn how to build a fire without matches, or how to obtain safe water to drink? The answer is simple. One only needs to look back to Hurricane Katrina to see how quickly natural disasters can strike and deprive people of the electricity they depend upon to get them through each day. Even less predictable than hurricanes are other natural disasters such as earthquakes that strike without warning, and tornadoes that can materialize in minutes.

Many experts say that we are seriously at risk for a worldwide disease pandemic, like the Spanish flu that decimated populations across the globe in the first quarter of the 20th century. It is highly possible that an infectious disease epidemic of the bird flu could put such a strain on community infrastructures that services such as hospitals, police, fire departments and ambulances could not be depended upon, and residents would be forced to fend for themselves. Also, in today’s increasingly uncertain world, the risk of a terrorist attack destroying power stations, water reservoirs or other civic infrastructures is not out of the question.

That is why the wise individual will invest a few hours to learn such survival skills as fire making, finding water, making shelter, finding food and preparing meals with only primitive tools. Gaining this knowledge should not be viewed as a bothersome chore, but rather as a fascinating challenge to become more self-sufficient. And, should disaster strike, these skills may very well prove to be more valuable than any insurance policy.

Some of the best sources for learning wilderness survival skills are the books by Tom Brown Jr. Mr. Brown was taught tracking and hunting at an early age by an Apache elder, and he went on to establish a survival school as well as writing such classic texts as “Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival” which clearly illustrates many ways to start a fire without matches, build wilderness shelters using only natural materials, identifying edible plants and hunting wild animals for food.

It only takes a few minutes and the investment of a few dollars to assemble a pocket size wilderness survival kit that contains a small knife, compass, matches, fishing hooks and line, and perhaps a lightweight, metallic “space blanket.” A visit to most any sporting goods shop or camping supply store will be time well spent if you should suddenly be faced with a survival situation. But more important than survival gear is the learning of wilderness survival skills. This is because the greatest asset in case of emergency is not your technology but your mental attitude. An individual with proper skills and knowledge can survive much more comfortably without any tools than someone who has lots of survival gear but does not know how to use it properly.

And even if you are never faced with an emergency situation that requires the application of wilderness survival techniques, you still might use them to win a million dollars if you should be chosen to be a contestant on the “Survivor” TV show.

Discover the Wonderful Wilderness of Bandhavgarh Jungle

Posted on January 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

In this present era, when cities have transformed into the jungles of concrete then a sojourn in the lap of nature’s flora and fauna is the best option to rejuvenate own self. Our country is blessed with vast regions of wild, untamed, unspoiled green lands which serves as habitat to various species of wild life which are now reserved by our government as sanctuaries and national parks.

The central part of our country ie the state of Madhyapradesh is covered with lush canopy of forest teems with rare species of wild life. Bandhavgarh national park which is situated at a distance of 164km away north- east of Jabalpur, Madhyapradesh. It belongs to the Vindhyan mountain ranges.

This rambling wild pasture is the abode of 22 species of mammals that includes Tigers, Rhesus macaque, Porcupine, Langur, Golden Jackal, Indian Gazelle, Bengal Wolf, Fox, Ratel, Sloth Bear, Ruddy Mongoose, Small Indian Civet, Common Palm Civet, Leopard, , Wild Boar, Indian Muntjac, Sambar Nilgai, Gaur, Indian Pangolin, Northern Palm Squirrel, Hare, Chital, Four-horned Antelope, Black-buck and 250 breeds of birds. The site of these fearsome wild animals will surely make one to
feel the thrill of jungle. The only theory which is applicable in this jungle is the Darwin’s survival of fittest theory.

Earlier this area has the highest density of tigers but now its strength has drastically reduced to only 42 to 56. Due to which in the year 1968, Indian government has declared it as a national park to increase the number of tigers and also the strength of the endangered white tigers of Rewa.

An elephant safari is the most favorable safari of the tourists to spot the tigers stalk on hare , deer and many more herbivores animals. Apart from elephant safaris , tourist also takes four -wheelers to enter this park. A binocular is must in this safari as it will help to watch these untamed animals from a safest distance.

There is a fort which is known as Bandhavgarh fort which is hidden deep in the heart of the Bandhavgarh national park. The view of the entire region of this park from the fort top of 800m high is a fantastic experience. Another spectacular place nearby to this national park is the Kalchuri Archelogical park which houses some rare historical items of bygone era.

There is a small shop outside the park from where one can purchase souvenirs, t-shirts having tiger printed on them , books and maps as everlasting memory of this trip.


Ray Mears Woodlore School of Bushcraft 25 Years Old

Posted on January 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

The Ray Mears Woodlore School of Wilderness Bushcraft was established 25 years ago in 1983. During those 25 years they have developed a programme of educational courses that provide something for everyone. From the young novice to the intrepid explorer, they have a course that will not only educate but will also inspire and encourage.

Many people attending a Woodlore Wilderness Bushcraft course will have first encountered Ray Mears through his popular TV programmes. Ray is recognised around the world as a leading authority on Bushcraft and Survival. His television series’ have included: Tracks, World of Survival, The Essential Guide to Rocks, Extreme Survival, Trips Money Can’t Buy, The Real Heroes of Telemark, Bushcraft Survival and the recent Wild Food.

In all of these series Ray presents genuinely useful and interesting information in a non-sensational style that contrasts with many of today’s overly dramatic television productions. He is clearly happy and at home with many of the worlds indigenous people who have warmed to his friendship and shared with him their wisdom and bushcraft skills. He is single handedly responsible for having gathered a vast collection of invaluable information that could so easily have been lost.

Ray’s love of the outdoors and his affinity with nature has developed throughout his life. He grew up in Southern England where, as a boy, he learned to track animals, build shelters and sleep out using the most basic of equipment. It was an inspiring judo teacher who told him “You don’t need equipment, you need knowledge to survive in the wild.”

He personally established the School of Wilderness Bushcraft in 1983 in order to share the knowledge of Bushcraft. Bushcraft is all about being practical and resourceful. The school’s approach is unique in that they encourage people to open their eyes and, by so doing, learn through discovery. The courses are not about being tough or behaving like a commando. They are about developing empathy and understanding that brings about the ability to not only survive but to thrive in the natural world.

The range of Bushcraft Courses include short 2 day introductory courses, ideal for the novice or those with little time, who want to sample what’s available on the longer courses. There are special family courses that have been specifically designed to enable families to enjoy their voyage of discovery together. There is even a bushcraft course for juniors, intended for young people aged between 11 and 16. The courses cover many of the fundamental bushcraft survival skills including firelighting, building shelters, finding water, nature awareness, animal tracking and much more.

For the more intrepid adventurer there are the expedition courses. These involve some fantastic adventures including Arctic survival in Lapland, canoeing in the Ardeche, Nordic Skiiing and following in the footsteps of the real heroes of Telemark. These courses are designed for those who enjoy a challenge and can be quite demanding as well as exceptionally rewarding.

For those looking for comprehensive bushcraft instruction there are a range of one week courses. These go way beyond the basics that are covered in the shorter, introductory courses. They can be very tough and demanding and are therefore not suitable for everybody. There are one week courses in animal tracking and nature awareness, first aid, navigation in the wilderness and extensive coverage of bushcraft skills.

Woodlore not only provide courses and training in bushcraft and survival. They also provide an online shop that sells an exceptional range of top quality outdoor equipment that is not only excellent for those participating in the various Woodlore courses, but is ideal for the casual weekend camper. All of the equipment and outdoor clothing in the Woodlore online shop has been carefully chosen for its quality and robustness. This is where you will find many of the items that you will see regularly used by Ray in his television series.

For example, you must have noticed the bandana that Ray often wears along with the classic woodsman shirt. Both of these excellent items of practical outdoor wear are available from the Woodlore online store. In fact, the woodsman shirt was developed by Ray himself to his own exacting specification.

The Ray Mears website is packed with enormously useful information like the excellent bushcraft tips and advice. You will also find some handy kit lists and even a few excerpts from the Ray Mears’ TV series. If you’re interested in bushcraft or, like me, an armchair traveller you will appreciate the wealth of quality information, the outstanding quality outdoor equipment and the range of Ray Mears DVDs and books.