Bear Gryll’s Academy: Surviving Alone in the Wilds of Scotland
Bear Grylls in action.
Many people are acquainted with the popular television show, Man vs. Wild (Born Survivor, UK) that aired on the Discovery Channel until this past March. Well, Bear Grylls, the “Man” is starting a survival academy this November. The first session will be six days surviving in the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands.
Grylls says that his academy will be “The most challenging but empowering survival course on the planet”.
This inaugural course will take place from November 3rd to November 9th and has ten participants. The Bear Gryll’s team is very excited about this new venture. It will cost $4,858 not including flights/travel. However, all meals and accommodation are included in the price.
The 6-day survival course will be instructed by a number of Man vs Wild/Born Survivor crew. Bear Grylls will
make an appearance once during this first course.
In order to apply one must be able to perform some physical requirements. Applicants must be able to maintain a steady jog for 25 minutes without stopping, to exercise without stopping for 90 seconds mixing continuous press ups, sit ups and burpees. One must be able to trek for one hour in hiking boots while carrying a 20-pound daypack. Finally, one must be a competent swimmer.
What to Bring?
In order to be able to tough the great outdoors participants will need to have pack some specific items. While packing be sure to include 2 pairs of robust mountain boots or something similar with ankle support, trousers, base layer, mild and outer layers, a fleece, duvet (down) jacket, hat and balaclava.
Participants should bring gloves, water and windproof trousers and jacket, swimming suits, sneakers (trainers), sunglasses, casual clothes, a wash bag, a towel, any personal medication they may have, and a camera. To ensure a comfortable sleep (or as comfortable as you can get while camping) that one packs a four seasons sleeping bad, camp bed, head torch, 30 liter hiking backpack and a sleeping mat.
What do you learn?
On day one of the trip the ten lucky participants will learn the Priorities of Survival. They will be trained in the practical art tying of knots, rope usage and river crossing. They will then be trained in navigation, fire lighting, and ending with an inspirational campfire survival lecture.
You’ll have fun building your very own emergency shelter, preparing some delicious wilderness food and completing a challenging night time navigation exercise. Then you’ll sleep in the shelter you built, so it better be good.
If you successfully complete the challenging course you will be awarded the BG Survival Academy certificate and signature knives. You will also gain a magnitude of knowledge that you can use so you’ll never feel lost.
In 2013 Bear will be offering courses in the United States and South Africa. These courses will run from March until October and are currently open for registration on the academy’s website. There are also shorter three-day courses available for a cheaper price.
Although, it may be expensive, this course provides invaluable skills and information that you can not get any other way. You will experience the great outdoors like never before.
Find out more about Bear’s courses at the Bear Gryll’s Academy website.
Margaret Gaby is an editorial assistant and an English major at the University of Massachusetts. She studied abroad in England in Spring 2011.
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