Survival training is a big thing these days. You have probably heard of the people who are preparing for disaster by becoming skilled in various things that will help if ever there was a nuclear blast, a massive outbreak of illness, a war, or, of course, a zombie outbreak. These people are very much into survival skills and have things like bug-out bags ready.
You don’t have to go to this much trouble, surely, but let me tell you, they’ve got a point. The basic premise is that the more raw skills you possess, the better you will be able to adapt to various situations that you might not have been able to prepare for, particularly in dangerous or hazardous situations. Those with skills will fare much better than those without, no matter how brave or resourceful those people without skills are.
Even if all you do is check out this site, get your gear, and head up the trail a couple time a year, you should definitely consider getting some good training. The best course of action is to get continuous training. Take different courses throughout the year, then make sure you take refresher courses as needed, and be in a constant state of learning.
There are various courses and classes you can take, such as avalanche training, general survival training, hunting training, shelter-building training, you could go to a course on how to safely navigate on ice. There are a lot of courses for both niche issues and for the broader “survival” issue.
Ask yourself this: If you use the same tools as a famous celebrity or expert, does that make you as good as that expert? A lot of people make buying decisions with the belief that this is true, but obviously we can see that it does not make you so. What makes those people experts is that no matter what tools they were using, they would find a way to get the job done and they could make difficult decisions on the fly and adapt to their circumstances.
That is what we want you to think about when it comes to taking training. Your raw skills and abilities are much more important than the type of gear you’re wearing or where you bought the latest gadget.
Of course, these things are important when you are really looking to ramp up your game and get serious about things, but the very first steps should always be to ensure full control in the most basic and fundamental setting.
It’s like getting your body weight exercises under control before venturing into adding weights. If the base is mastered, all else comes naturally afterwards.
So, before you get new boots, a high tech ax, or 3D holographic maps from who knows where, make sure you take care of your body and your mind. Add all the fuel to your brain’s fire you can before putting yourself in a situation where you could get hurt, either up on a mountain, or on a trail, or along the rapids of a river.
There is value in taking training, and we hope you take advantage of this. We’ll continue to provide you with great ideas of things to do outside, plus reviews of the top equipment and gear you can use in the great outdoors, but from us to you, you owe it to yourself to improve your skills!
Here’s an example of what’s being offered out there: