Sunday, August 21, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Bushcraft: Building a Shelter


I was able to partake in the amazing bushcraft survival course and who knew how much knowledge there is to acquire in this field. We learnt how not to starve by eating what was around us as well as how to build a fire and a shelter. Mother nature has a lot to offer and I know now that it is nearly impossible to die of starvation or cold in the wilderness if you have the knowledge to appreciate what is around you. At the beginning of the course we were put into groups to set up our camp and build a shelter. So the challenge started with a positive attitude; as with any positive thought and a great team you can achieve nearly everything you want! First, we had to assess the perimeters and look for a suitable place to set up camp. We had to assess the risks around us using the 5W’s : water, wind, wood, wildlife and widow maker. We had to look for a water source near us that could put us in danger, for example, look for a dam that could flood in the middle of the night. Next, we assessed the direction and the strength of the wind for protection: building the shelter downwind will allow the shelter to stop the wind without being blown away. Then we looked for wood for the fire to keep us warm during the night and keep wildlife away. Finally, the last W stands for widowmaker, dead standing tree hazards. After all these assessments we were able to find a really good spot and start building a shelter, we tied a rope around two trees and putting the tarp on top while securing it with another piece of rope around the trees again. Once the tarp was laid we stabilised the bottom of the shelter with a log that we rolled inside. It’s amazing how with team effort, a good attitude and knowledge what you can achieve! During the night the fire kept us warm and the shelter protected us against rain and wind: the experience was incredible!

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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