Bear Gryll’s Academy: Surviving Alone in the Wilds of Scotland
Have you ever wanted to know how to survive on your own in the wild with absolutely no contact with other humans? Does the thought of learning how to survive out in uncharted lands with no contact with civilization excite you? Then Bear Grylls Academy is for you.
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 academythis 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.
Participants will be thoroughly pushed to their limits surviving in one of the last untouched wildernesses (Sutherland, Scotland) in the United Kingdom. Among the skills they will learn is rappelling, climbing, how to make a fire in extreme conditions, how to build emergency shelters, how to navigate the harsh terrain by the light of day as well as at night. They will be taught how to hunt and trap along with survival knife skills.
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.
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 a former editorial assistant and an English major at the University of Massachusetts. She studied abroad in England in Spring 2011.
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