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Are You a Wilderness MacGuyver?

When an immediate need or crisis happens.


Time is of the essence and it encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve said problem. In the field of psychology, there is a term called functional fixedness. If you are functionally fixed, you can only see an item for its ‘intended’ use, but with creativity and imagination, one can improvise the basic necessities needed. The only limiting factor is a person’s imagination.

This is known as Improvisation. The activity of making or doing something not planned beforehand, using whatever can be found.


Why is it so important that we focus so much of our instruction on improvisation at the Woodsrunner School?



Water bottles used as improvised pre-filters for the first step in water treatment.
Improvised Pre-Filter

Because in a crisis situation it is vital that one be able to think quickly, adapt to constant change, and make use of what is on hand. The creative skills taught can not only be used to make a variety of tools needed to survive and flourish in the woods, but also to improve everyday living situations.

Here are the six steps to help one work through the improvising process.




Remember Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.


It is paramount that in a crisis situation it is vital that one is able to think quickly, adapt to constant change, and make use of what they have on hand. Not only is improvisation important during crisis or survival situations, even lessening their gear loadout even before heading out, it is also helpful for someone on a budget.


Our courses are designed to help our students begin to master their wilderness skills and knowledge as well as help them in their everyday lives. That is why I say it is up to you to decide, commit, invest, and succeed.


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Joshua Barnes

Founder & Director of Operations

Woodsrunner School, LLC

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