Woodland adventure for Adam
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