WOODSRUNNER SURVIVAL CHALLENGE
Our instructors designed The Woodsrunner Survival Challenge for those who have the training and proven experience to join instructors, by invitation only, as we venture on a 3-day journey. Together we will trek through inhospitable terrain with only our skills, many of which participants learned and perfected in the three prior survival courses.
This course is a crisis-based wilderness situation assessment in a raw natural environment. Instructors will evaluate participants under the stress of time and scarcity of materials as they accomplish the tasks put before them. The experience is adrenaline-fueled, endurance-based, and full of scenarios that require strategy, active thinking, and pure grit to complete.
We believe that mastering the Intuitive, Psychological, Improvisational, & Physical components of our pathway makes us Adept Survivalists.
Prerequisite: Completion of the Wilderness Survival 301 (Winter & Summer Courses)
What should I expect?
As an extreme immersion experience, this challenge requires participants to truly prove their resolve and put all their acquired skills, knowledge, and abilities to the test. The rubber on their boots definitely meets the road... er... trail! No matter the skill set and knowledge base, only a true-to-life situation will completely test one's mind, body, and determination. The mental, physical, and emotional challenges may leave our students lighter in the end, but the value of conquering fears, challenging limitations, and overcoming obstacles makes becoming truly self-reliant a priceless experience.
Be prepared for a physically and mentally demanding experience. Participants will cross bodies of water, climb through ravines, and traverse thick brush in whatever the weather conditions are during the scheduled time. Participants will have only a knife, a small kit, and the clothing on their backs. Being exhausted, hungry, wet, thirsty, and having thoughts of giving up will be a constant state, and we often call this set of circumstances “the suck” because, well…. it sucks!
The skills, knowledge, and mindset acquired during the three prior survival training courses have set the participants on a path to overcome and accept the adversities we present in the Challenge experience. With a firm understanding that the mind and body can endure more than it says, feels, and thinks; participants will grasp the situation, find a remedy, and quickly overcome all those circumstances while pressing forward, “Embracing the Suck” and becoming successful in their circumstances.
Over 3 days, the participants will rely on their training, knowledge, and experience to grind through the many challenges that happen within a wilderness environment. It is up to each participant whether they pass or fail. Our adept instructors will accompany the participants, constantly evaluating the skills, knowledge, and attitude of each participant while solo or in a group dynamic. Our instructors will only provide support and advice when critically necessary.
The unknown is one of the greatest challenges that most face, so the instructors don’t disclose every detail of the course in order to preserve the element of surprise.
Suffice it to say they will face many obstacles and work with extremely limited resources, yet achieve an effective outcome.
Expect the unexpected!
Expect the worst...
Expect the best of ourselves!
“Embrace The Suck”
Participants will move at a steady pace with limited amounts of needed resources on hand. This very demanding course requires that participants come ready to prove their skills and knowledge, placing particular importance on their physical and mental endurance. We recommend training for a few months in advance by exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. If anyone has been sick or had any medical procedures within the last three months, they should not attempt this experience until they have had time to rest and completely recover.
Evaluation & Criteria to complete the challenge:
Form a realistic plan based on the fundamental needs in a crisis situation
Solve unforeseen problems using intuitive thinking
Remain aware of both the assets and liabilities within the group dynamic
Delegate, prioritize and assign responsibility within the group dynamic
Have the ability to remain calm and keep a clear head
Make solid decisions while under stress, pressure, and extreme conditions (needs of the body)
Use strict time limits allotted to effect a solution
Take action. There is no plan B!
Create a strategy and effectively execute it to achieve a desired resolution
Evaluate every situation and prioritize available resources
Work with extremely limited resources and still achieve an effective outcome