A four day culmination of your knowledge and skills, this is where all that training and practice are truly tested. The most important lessons in life are definitely learned the hard way and this course is designed to be tough. For starters, you must already be capable of providing all of your basic needs - shelter, fire, water and food with relative ease, completely alone, without guidance and with virtually no equipment making maximum use of the natural resources surrounding you. A pretty tough challenge by itself however, far from just hunkering down in your woodland shelter until the end of the course, you will be expected to look to the long term by using what you have at your disposal (plenty of natural resources, wild foods to forage, accumulated knowledge and a big slice of initiative) to manufacture a projectile hunting weapon, improve your general situation and increase your level of comfort once the basics have been taken care of. Thus providing the perfect opportunity to test theories, have questions answered and see what you are really capable of in a realistic, short and longer term 'living from the land' scenario.
After a detailed safety brief on the evening of your arrival, your challenge will begin in earnest at first light the following morning.
You must navigate your way to the challenge woodland, collecting various important items hidden at checkpoints en route. Once on site you can begin taking care of your requirements for the next four days, so speed is of the essence.
During the challenge you should expect to experience hunger, tiredness, thirst, excitement, cold, heightened awareness, total focus and concentration, increased adaptability, renewed self confidence in your abilities and immense satisfaction. Your progress will be monitored and observed throughout and although ultimately only you will truly be able to gauge your performance, feedback will be given where required. Whilst this course is designed as a test of your skills, instructors will be on hand to offer support and suggest strategies if required.
Kit for the challenge must consist of ONLY....
•A small quantity of wild meat on day one to be butchered and made into jerky (supplied – this should be viewed as a ‘loan’. By way of repaying the debt you must make an improvised projectile hunting weapon to take part in a shooting competition on the morning of your third day living from the land)
•3 metres of strong cord (supplied)
•One cloth bag for filtering water (supplied)
•One metal cooking pot
•Your bushcraft knife
•Your folding saw
•The clothes you stand up in. These must be natural fibres only – no Goretex outerwear or synthetic/down filled clothing (there is logic behind this – we’re not just being mean). We recommend a tightly woven cotton shell (Ventile or Gabardine) over several wool base layers or even very densely woven wool clothing as a general purpose warm outer layer. Simple but effective hooded outer garments can be made from old woollen blankets treated with lanolin. Please contact us for more information on making your own blanket clothing if needed.
You should also bring...
•Any personal medication required for the duration
•A small personal first aid kit
A head torch plus spare batteries
A mobile phone for emergencies plus a reliable method of re-charging out in the wilds
•A journal and writing equipment in a waterproof container
•A camera in a waterproof container (optional but recommended)
•Your standard overnight kit for the first night in camp plus a full change of clothing and wash kit. This will be packed away at first light on the first morning of your challenge and will become your emergency kit, kept in the safety vehicles and only to be opened if absolutely necessary (please re-visit our standard course kit list to ensure you don’t forget anything).
Who can attend the Hunter Gatherer Challenge?
There's no disguising the fact that the Hunter Gatherer Challenge will provide an extreme test of skills as well as a valuable and unforgettable experience suitable for only the most committed bushcraft and wilderness living enthusiast. A high level of competence, knowledge, experience and equal measures of grit and determination are required to take part. Our Wilderness Awakening course will provide all the necessary basic training needed however practice makes perfect and course attendees should endeavour to undertake their own additional continuation training prior to arrival.
We also realise that there are other bushcraft and survival training providers out there, as well as many self taught enthusiasts resulting in plenty of different ways of arriving at the same point. This challenge is open to all-comers but we’re keen for those who attend to have reached the required standard to avoid any disappointment. Before booking please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your current level of ability and a suitable training program if needed. Ultimately you must decide whether you have the practical skill needed to attend. It’s important to realise that while instructors will be in attendance, there will be no instruction given on this course. It’s essentially a pass or fail course depending on your ability. If you can’t cut the mustard or feel at anytime that you can’t complete the challenge, an instructor will take you back to camp to clean up and for you….the challenge will be over!
If you like the sound of this exciting and unique course but are unsure about the required level of previous experience please feel free to contact Joe for a chat at email@example.com or 0771 8078619