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Sur­vival in the Aus­tralian bush might not be some­thing that you need in your day-to-day life, but if your ad­ven­tur­ous de­sires lead you off the beaten track on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, you may one day find your­self in the need for some sur­vival or track­ing tech­niques, na­ture ob­ser­va­tion skills or bushcraft knowl­edge.

Most ad­ven­tur­ers are risk tak­ers to an ex­tent, but if there is a way to pre­pare your­self for the worst, you take it.

Bushlore Aus­tralia of­fer ex­pert out­door pro­grams that im­part life-sav­ing wilder­ness sur­vival skills and fa­cil­i­tate a re-con­nec­tion to the nat­u­ral world.

They also pro­vide train­ing in search and res­cue track­ing, dis­as­ter sur­vival, ur­ban sur­vival, sur­vival self-de­fence, self-re­liance, sus­tain­abil­ity, team build­ing, lead­er­ship and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment. Th­ese amaz­ing cour­ses don’t just teach tech­niques and tricks, they show you the phi­los­o­phy that un­der­pins en­gage­ment with the nat­u­ral world.

The cour­ses they run, range from Sur­vival Self-de­fence, where you will un­dergo a se­ries of SAS de­signed train­ing and learn to read a po­ten­tially hos­tile sit­u­a­tions, be­come sit­u­a­tion­ally aware, then if at­tacked know what to do in the most tac­ti­cally re­li­able way, to neu­tralise your at­tacker(s) and make your es­cape to safety to a course that teaches you the fun­da­men­tals of prim­i­tive sur­vival trap­ping, snar­ing and hunt­ing.

Bushlore Aus­tralia also run cour­ses on track­ing and ob­ser­va­tion, sur­vival fish hook mak­ing, and run a 2 day com­plete wilder­ness sur­vival course, which en­sures that the fun­da­men­tals of sur­vival are ad­dressed in a log­i­cal and prac­ti­cal man­ner in or­der to fos­ter per­sonal re­silience.

Sub­jects nor­mally cov­ered dur­ing the course in­clude the psy­chol­ogy of sur­vival, shel­ter con­struc­tion, fire light­ing, wa­ter pro­cure­ment, food pro­cure­ment, emer­gency sig­nalling, ex­pe­di­ent nav­i­ga­tion tech­niques, knives and knots, sur­vival kits and emer­gency packs and us­ing re­sources ef­fec­tively and re­spect­fully.

You never can tell when you will need skills for your sur­vival.

Imag­ine you are moun­tain bik­ing through one of Aus­tralia’s many iso­lated tracks with friends; you take a wrong turn while ex­plor­ing the wilder­ness, and be­come lost, in­jured and find your­self in im­mi­nent dan­ger. Hav­ing knowl­edge of your sur­round­ings, and skills that can help you sur­vive or find your way again might lit­er­ally be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

with Charles Werb

When the email ar­rived invit­ing me to do a 2 day Wilder­ness Sur­vival Course with Rich Hunger­ford I jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to re-ac­quaint my­self with skills that had been sup­pressed over the past 7 years.

I lived and trained for the Outer Edge Po­lar Chal­lenge, which was all based around keep­ing warm and snow-sail­ing; but with my up­com­ing Stand Up Pad­dle around Florida Is­land in the Solomon Is­lands, un­sup­ported and be­ing self suf­fi­cient, I needed to make sure the sur­vival skills I would po­ten­tially need were cov­ered.

So off I went at 5am on a Satur­day morn­ing to Rich’s train­ing com­pound.

We were a group of 7, meet­ing for the first time and you can imag­ine the jaw drop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence when Rich ut­tered th­ese words “Hi guys, wel­come and there will be no food for the first 24 hours…”

The next 36 hours were spent hon­ing and re­fin­ing skills.

Rich Hunger­ford not only knows the sub­ject thor­oughly, he is able to re­lay the in­for­ma­tion and find ways to make the sub­ject mat­ter stick. Class­room work and “hands on” drills in the field, along with his de­sire to make sure the sub­ject is un­der­stood, makes this course unique.

You can re­ally feel Rich’s need to make sure his stu­dents don’t just earn a “Com­ple­tion Card” but that they re­ally un­der­stand and are able to ex­e­cute the proper skills in a real world sit­u­a­tion.

He knows this re­ally could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween Life and Death for some­one. Rich is in­cred­i­bly pas­sion­ate about wilder­ness skills and the proper teach­ing of the sub­ject mat­ter. The skills he teaches are based upon his own ex­pe­ri­ence! This is not some­one that has got­ten his knowl­edge from a book, TV or Youtube: his knowl­edge comes from ex­pe­ri­ence - from ac­tu­ally us­ing the skills he teaches, which puts him in a very small mi­nor­ity of sur­vival skills in­struc­tors.

From ba­sic skills like fire, trap and shel­ter build­ing, to iden­ti­fy­ing edi­ble plants to strate­gies for get­ting res­cued, this course is packed with a stag­ger­ing amount of use­ful in­for­ma­tion in a short two day for­mat. This course does not pull punches. It makes you live the sur­vival sit­u­a­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence the chal­lenges first hand, but pro­vides just enough guid­ance to help you learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

You will come out of this course smarter and more able to sur­vive. I can’t say enough about how im­pressed I was with Rich as the course in­struc­tor. He teaches from ex­pe­ri­ence, not the­ory, and does so with hu­mor, pa­tience and a deep un­der­stand­ing how to ap­proach a sur­vival sit­u­a­tion.

Make no mis­take, you will work hard, you will sweat, get dirty, fa­tigued, cold, hun­gry and tired. What you will not get, is a false sense of se­cu­rity about wilder­ness sur­vival. You will learn about some of the most com­mon mis­takes in the sur­vival books, not be­cause he tells you so but be­cause he ex­plains and demon­strates why and then lets you ex­pe­ri­ence for your­self the proper ap­proach.

If you re­ally want to learn wilder­ness sur­vival skills from some­one that has the knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and has “walked the walk”, you owe it to your­self to at­tend Bush Lore Aus­tralia. I highly rec­om­mend this course for any­one who hikes, camps or sim­ply wants to be bet­ter pre­pared to sur­vive in the wilder­ness.


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