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Latest 2021 Wilderness Survival ECS Posts

March 17, 2021

The Power of a Positive Attitude

Today, we returned to CSS for the first time after finishing our quarantine and got right back into the swing of survival training on our own campus. We started by having small groups build fires before moving onto shelters. Without the ability to cut down trees, we were not able to make lean-to shelters and instead strung up paracord between two posts and used blankets we had with us to create a wind barrier. In an actual survival situation, this shelter would not have been effective because...
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March 05, 2021

Water Procurement

Today on the Wilderness Survival ECS, we all traveled up to Divide and began to dig camp out from under the snow and push the remaining cars out of the lot they were still stuck in from the storm the day before. After we finally recovered camp, we all went into the forest and began cutting down trees to find dry firewood. Next, we spent the better part of an hour splitting logs and trying to find dry kindling while the rest of our group began making tripods we could use to melt snow into water...
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March 04, 2021

Snow Day

The Wilderness Survival ECS spent their third day on the Gaul/Gray property. Expecting a large amount of snow we started the day by making a large fire and collecting a bountiful ration of firewood. Next, our two instructors, Jason and Ruben, began giving us instructions on how to tie knots that could prove helpful in a survival situation. One of these knots was the Canadian Slipknot, which was very similar to a sliding noose. We also learned how to tie this knot with just one hand in case...
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March 03, 2021

On Fire!

On Day 3 of our ECS and the second day of our survival school course with Mountain Man Survival School, we dedicated the day to learning about fire: preparing to make it, prepping materials, making a spark, and lighting it. We started the day in two groups, one gathering dry grass and the other finishing our snow-mass quinzee, which had solidified overnight. Though the pickings were slim for the grass-gatherers, we now had some dry material which we had to tear, roll, and rub until thinner...
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March 02, 2021

Sore But Very Happy

The Wilderness ECS started our five-day Mountain Man Survival course on the property of Jeff Gaul and Margot Gray P’24, P’21, in Divide, Colorado. The first day was mainly focused on the basics of survival. The first task they gave us was to make a fire with a single match. This was a task that many of us felt comfortable with. However, many of our matches were quickly blown out by the wind. If we managed to shield our matches from the wind, many of us had insufficient tinder...
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February 17, 2021

Wilderness Survival ECS | Course Description

Wilderness Survival From Past to Present: Native Women to Mountain Men and Modern Day Adventurers in Colorado and Beyond Essential questions: What does it take to survive? How have explorers and adventurers, past and present survived various challenges? What pushes us as humans to leave the comfort of our homes and faces the challenges of wilderness survival? How does survival change when the challenge doesn’t come by choice?Why do people choose dangerous things? Course...
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More recent posts

March 05, 2021

Water Procurement

Today on the Wilderness Survival ECS, we all traveled up to Divide and began to dig camp out from under the snow and push the remaining cars out of the lot they were still stuck in from the storm the day before. After we finally recovered camp, we all went into the forest and began cutting down...
» read more
March 04, 2021

Snow Day

The Wilderness Survival ECS spent their third day on the Gaul/Gray property. Expecting a large amount of snow we started the day by making a large fire and collecting a bountiful ration of firewood. Next, our two instructors, Jason and Ruben, began giving us instructions on how to tie knots that...
» read more
March 03, 2021

On Fire!

On Day 3 of our ECS and the second day of our survival school course with Mountain Man Survival School, we dedicated the day to learning about fire: preparing to make it, prepping materials, making a spark, and lighting it. We started the day in two groups, one gathering dry grass and the other...
» read more
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