Growing up I lived on the edge of a forest and spent almost every evening after school there. I spent a little time in scouts growing up, but the thing that gave me my addiction to learning survival skills was an elective I took in 9th grade. We learned about survival/outdoor skills and actually got to try out what we learned. I remember trying to get a fire going on the front lawn of our junior high building and taking a day trip to someone's land in the middle of winter to try our skills out.
After high school, I didn't do much with practicing or learning about survival/primitive skills. The only time I came close was when I went camping or hiking, but by then it had become all about the gear and gadgets.
A couple of years ago, when survival TV was just starting, I saw a show called SurvivorMan starring Les Stroud. Alone in the wilderness with very limited modern equipment! I was hooked on gaining survival/primitive skills again. After SurvivorMan, there was Dual Survival starring Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin. That show was just fuel for the survival fire I had found again.
After that, I watched every episode of every survival show I could find and a ton of YouTube videos on the subject. I found out that Dave Canterbury from Dual Survival had a school where he taught survival skills, and it was only a six hour drive! I attended some classes at Dave's Pathfinder School. I learned a lot from those classes, especially the first one. While I felt pretty confident in my outdoor skills, the basic class showed me ways to do the things I already knew how to do, but ten times better and easier.
Since then, I've started my own YouTube channel and did a few demonstrations for a couple of local youth organizations.
I'm always looking to learn new things, try new ways of doing things and practicing the skills I've learned. I doubt the addiction to survival/primitive skills will ever leave me. At least I hope not!
963 min9-part Camping course37 CQ
When you're trekking or hunting in the great outdoors, keeping your body warm and hydrated is key. Learn how to collect and purify water, build a shelter, and start a fire in this course.with PA Wilderness Skills
When you're trekking or hunting in the great outdoors, keeping your body warm and hydrated is key. Learn how to collect and purify water, build a shelter, and start a fire in this course.