Wood­land ad­ven­ture for Adam

Rutherglen Reformer - - CAMBUSLANG PARK'S FUN DAY - Jonathan Ged­des

Spend­ing days in the woods and re­ly­ing on what you can find to sur­vive might not seem like a great week­end away.

How­ever, it was ex­actly what To­ry­glen man Adam Cu­sack wanted.

The 29-year-old won a com­pe­ti­tion with Jeep called Rene­gades Wanted, and found him­self spend­ing two days on an out­door sur­vival course in Wilt­shire as his prize.

While there, he learned a host of sur­vival tips, cooked var­i­ous an­i­mals and fish for his food, and built a shel­ter to stay in.

“I re­ally en­joyed it,” Adam said. “It was amaz­ing.

“We got there quite late on the Fri­day so we took it easy and were shown around the camp – they had a big round­house and a work­shop al­ready there, so they showed us that and then we had an early start on the Satur­day.

“We had a tour of the woods, and we were hav­ing trout for lunch, so we were shown how to have them, and prepped them over the fire. Later on we had some pi­geon, and we had to prep them too.

“Then we built shel­ters to stay in; they showed us dif­fer­ent things to do, based on our sur­round­ings.

“That was re­ally good, quite in­ter­est­ing and we paired off into dif­fer­ent teams – we were quite happy do­ing that, and our shel­ter turned out quite well.

“On the Sun­day they showed us for­ag­ing skills, so we went around the woods, look­ing at what was safe to eat and what wasn’t, and look­ing at an­ti­sep­tics and in­sect re­pel­lent.

“They’d caught some rab­bits, so we had to prep them too, and look­ing at set­ting traps and fires.

“It was quite a packed week­end, re­ally good.”

Adam was ac­com­pa­nied by his brother David for the trip, and they formed part of a larger group who were tak­ing part in the ex­pe­ri­ence.

He reck­ons the course will come in handy when he’s mak­ing fu­ture trips to go hik­ing and camp­ing.

He added: “We learned a lot of prac­ti­cal skills for fires and camp­ing, as well as emer­gency skills for an ex­treme sit­u­a­tion or if things went wrong, so a lot of that can be used when I’m away hik­ing or camp­ing at the week­end.

“I’m in­ter­ested in all of these things, so I found it all en­joy­able. Things like mak­ing the shel­ter was quite de­mand­ing, but my brother and I were fine with that – it was re­ally just try­ing to take all of that in.

“It wasn’t just sit­ting around a camp­fire or any­thing like that, it was re­ally packed right up un­til the end.

“We were meant to fin­ish at three on the Sun­day, but it ended up run­ning over so we stayed back a cou­ple of hours to learn ev­ery­thing.”

Adam found out about the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause Jeep were spon­sor­ing a Tough Mud­der event that he was tak­ing part in.

The com­pe­ti­tion was set up to en­cour­age peo­ple to take on ad­ven­tures, with 10 win­ners cho­sen from across the coun­try.

Var­i­ous prizes were on of­fer, but the sur­vival op­tion ap­pealed most to Adam.

He added: “It was a bit weird af­ter­wards, our guides had warned us that it would be strange leav­ing the woods and, even walk­ing on tar­mac would feel un­usual.

“It’s more re­laxed in the woods and your pri­or­i­ties do change in there.”

Work­ing Away The broth­ers con­struct their shel­ter

Ad­ven­ture Time Adam and David on their sur­vival trip

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