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    Training for the wilderness/survival

    So my Royal British Legion magazine arrived today and there is a survival challenge being promoted and I am interested but not sure about it yet. It is in September/October 2020 and I am really interested but not sure I have the muscular strength, muscular endurance or cardiovascular endurance never mind the knowledge required.

    But I have time to think about but what workouts/programs would be best to train for such a scenario?

    Also, any survival skill books or DVDs you guys & girls could recommend?

    Much appreciated .

    #2
    Check out Les Stroud. His shows are not staged like someone else we all know.

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      #3
      Kakarot I am interested to know more about the survival challenge.

      But I think you can't go wrong with anything with SAS in front of it. I read the SAS Survival Guide from cover to cover numerous times as a child and I am reading the SAS Guide to Tracking at the moment.

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        #4
        CaptainCanuck the challenge is in a mystery beach or woodland somewhere in the south of England, there is some kind of structure to it I think, that's all I really know. It's £50 to go but there is also a minimum sponsorship requirement of £575. The money is for the RBL or poppy appeal but I'm starting to think it may be outside of my reach, I don't work so I won't have the money to pay to travel to England, stay somewhere and buy food but it's in September so I will try to get the money.
        I'm going to easons book store when I next get payed to hunt down the SAS survival guide as they are no longer sold locally.

        Airpower47 thanks, never heard of Les Stroud before, and I assume you mean Bear Grylls? (I can't spell his last name)

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          #5
          The Colorado mountain Club has a lot of great resources on their website (or they did at one time). I took several survival classes when I lived in CO and found them very useful. Also I read Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales as a good survival read.
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            #6
            Fitness isn't as important as knowing how to survive, like building shelter, creating fire safely, and simply living without getting killed by nature. That should be your focus early while you prepare for this.

            once that's done, focus on cardio more than strength training. Being able to walk and handle distances and repetitive actions of light weight will be helpful. Outside of chopping a tree down and carrying it somewhere, you won't be faced with much heavy lifting.

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              #7
              Kakarot Ted Bear is a better survivalist than Bear Grylls. Les Stroud is the host of his own show named Survivorman. “No food, no shelter, no fresh water, no tools... No camera crew. One man - alone in the wilderness.” As far as prep, work on cultivating the skills you need: -Start a fire -Build a shelter -Traveling across unforgiving terrain -Navigating without a map -Acquiring food -Finding/purifying water -Injury prevention/treatment -Etc. Since you seem to know what climate you’ll be in you can start reading up on plants/animals in that area. Depending on the gear requirements, practice using what you’ll have. Gear that you’re comfortable/confident with is best.

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                #8
                So I have been thinking about this challenge and to be honest, I don't think I'll qualify to do it as I would need to raise a minimum of £575 for the Royal British Legion through sponsorship and I don't know enough people/don't know if enough people will sponsor me.

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                  #9
                  Prepare yourself anyway like you would do the challenge. You'll pick up a lot of awesome and useful skills and there's always a next time when the £575 will be in your reach.

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                    #10
                    Have a look here. Maybe you'll get some ideas

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