Tiny Explorers x Maple Leaf Survival™

Written by: Tiny Explorers

LAST SATURDAY, I EMBARKED ON A WILDERNESS SURVIVAL CLINIC HOSTED BY MAPLE LEAF SURVIVAL AT FORT WHYTE ALIVE.
It was an incredible day filled with only the most important information needed in a survival situation.
Personally, having taken a Winter Survival Course with MLS in the past, I love their no frills way of survival. Some of the biggest current trends are Bush Crafting and Living off the land and one has to look no further than reality TV to see this.
However the everyday person going for a day hike isn’t going to know how to craft their own survival items, nor would you want to if you’re in trouble. MLS taught us how to be creative when considering the right shelter to build for the situation, how to handle knives, navigate, build fire, handle water and what to expect from search and rescue.
The most important thing they taught us, in my opinion, was how to plan ahead to avoid these situations or at least make them easier should we ever find ourselves lost in the wild. What to pack, how to pack it as efficiently as possible, who to contact and how to signal Search and Rescue when the time comes.
I would love to delve deeper into all of these tips and tricks however I think the most important thing I could talk about is the confidence gained from clinics such as these.
As Tiny Explorers, we love the outdoors and most importantly hiking. Having done many so far we can attest to the fact that no matter how good you may be or how many times you may have done a specific trail there will always be an opportunity to get lost. Having the tools, knowledge and confidence to be able to handle oneself in any situation is what makes the outdoors so much more enjoyable.
NO MATTER WHERE YOU RESIDE IN THE WORLD I RECOMMEND YOU LOOK FOR PROGRAMS THAT CAN TEACH YOU THE BASIC SURVIVAL SKILLS NECESSARY IN THE WILD. IT’S INTERESTING, CHALLENGING AND ABOVE ALL A FUN EXPERIENCE TO LEARN WITH OTHER LIKE MINDED PEOPLE!

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Survival Seminar @ Cabelas

Join us September 10th, 2016 for a Survival Seminar at Cabelas.

Topics covered:

  1. Shelter
  2. Water
  3. Fire
  4. Food

A.  Knife Skills

B.  Primitive Navigation

C.  Search & Rescue

D.  Essential Kit

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Cost $30

Time 1pm – 3pm


 

Participants will receive a discount on their next Cabelas purchase.

We will be giving away 10 tickets to the advanced screening of the new movie Deepwater Horizon.

Contact us to register!

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Fire Lighting Competition!

Join us again July 21st at Fort Whyte Alive and test your Fire Lighting Skills!

The second installment of Fort Whyte’s summer camp for adults – this party is getting bigger and better! Enjoy archery, paddling, live music — and probably your only chance to earn a camp badge — at their signature summer event.

Trust us, you do not want to miss out on this one!
Thursday, July 21 | 7 pm
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 at the door

With music by:

Mama Cutsworth & DJ Academy for All Women Alumni
DJs Ack ‘n’ Quack

And all your favourite summer camp activities:

Canoeing
Archery
Arts & crafts
Campfire grilled cheese
Marshmallow roasts
Wilderness Survival
Camp games + tomfoolery
Facepainting

…and so much more!

GET TICKETS
FortWhyte Alive Members got their first chance at tickets during our members only pre-sale, but tickets are now ON SALE to the general public. Purchase your tickets online or visit Fort Whyte Alive to get yours.

Get your tickets now, before they’re gone!

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HOW LONG COULD YOU SURVIVE… WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THE WILD?

FROM THE PRODUCERS WHO BROUGHT YOU ALONE…

…comes the most extreme survival experiment focused on TIES THAT BIND

Did you watch Alone and wish you could do it with a family member?
We’re currently developing an exciting new project looking for FAMILY PAIRS (ex: father/son, aunt/niece, step-dad/step-daughter, husband/wife, brothers, sisters, etc.) who want to prove that they have the determination, willpower and strength to test their skills – TOGETHER – in the wild. Their mission: to see how long they can last

and to document their journey every step of the way.

No Gimmicks. No Film Crew. No Games.

We are casting all types of self-reliant family pairs (ex: outdoorsmen/women, homesteaders, preppers, military, etc.). If you’re ready to take on the survival challenge of a lifetime, we want to hear from you!

Everyone must be 18 years or older to apply.

To apply, please visit

http://bit.ly/SurvivalDuoProject

For more information, email Courtney.Scarpelli@leftfieldpictures.com
with your names, ages, contact info, location, a few recent photos and a description of your experience as a team.

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Nalgene Survival Kit

Nalgene Survival Kit

Nalgene Survival Kit List:

1.  1L Wide-mouth Nalgene bottle (watertight, floats, crushproof).

2.  Snow Peak Mini Solo Titanium Cookset (fits perfectly with 1L Nalgene bottle).

3.  Small Metal Tin w/ fishing supplies (hooks, jigs, lures, line, weights etc.).

4.  Lanyard (attach a whistle, neck knife, compass, signal mirror etc.).

5.  Space Blanket (can be used as a fire reflector, signalling device).

6.  Sea to Summit Small Bag w/ small carabiner (holds the entire kit and store survival items if the Nalgene bottle needs to be used for water. Bright orange.).

7.  Iodine (treat cuts & scrapes, use to purify water).

8.  Mil-spec Tourniquet (keep separately – ideally on your person – so it can be accessed at an instant).

9.  Mil-spec 550 Paracord.

10.  Headlamp (pack spare batteries. Allows your hands to be free vs. flashlight).

11.  High-lumen flashlight which can be used for signalling (min. 600 lumens).

12.  Condom (placed in a sock to store water, wrap bloody hand etc.).

13.  Signal Mirror.

14.  Magnesium Tinder Block.

15.  Tampon (great tinder).

16.  FireSteel.

17.  Whistle (bright orange, floats).

18.  Compass.

19.  Sewing Kit.

20.  Band Aids.

21.  Aqua-Tabs.

22.  Candy.

23.  Tweezers.

24.  Dental Floss (makes great expedient cordage).

25.  Buff Headwear (Protection against the elements, strain/filter water, bandage, wash cloth, etc.).

26.  Rubber Bands (use to hold a Buff in place as a bandage, use as Tinder in wet conditions, etc.).

27.  Bug Spray.

28.  Tick Key (wood tick remover).

29.  Space Pen (usable in extreme conditions, use to write impromptu maps for reference, messages etc.).

30.  Red Sharpie (use to leave messages on vehicle windows etc.).

31.  Bic lighter (brightly coloured).

32.  Small folding knives x 2.

33.  Small fixed neck knives x 2.

Not shown: multi-vitamins, small salt packages.

Why we like our version of the Nalgene Survival Kit:

There is a lot of talk these days about packing light… the problem with packing light is that some people take this concept a little bit too far, sacrificing essential items, and potentially compromising their safety and survivability as a result. Instead of trying to “pack light” try to “pack right.” Packing right includes packing light.

The problem with a lot of survival kits, is that they can be so “comprehensive” that they are too big and cumbersome to take with you – they simply get left behind because they are a pain in the butt. The Nalgene Survival Kit is small and light weight so it can easily be transferred to and from a backpack, car, kayak, etc…

Nalgene Kit

In addition to storing water, many “off the shelf” survival kits lack a simple, robust, and reliable means of making water safe to drink. This is why we’ve added the Snow Peak Mini Solo Titanium Cookset. The Nalgene bottle fits perfectly into this set. It’s super light and extremely durable. Now you have a very robust bottle with a screw top to store and transport your water, and a simple and reliable way to treat water – no filters to change, no pumps to malfunction. Between the metal pot, AquaTabs and Iodine, we have 3 systems to treat water, all of which are very simple – nothing to break down.

A small sturdy bag is essential to this system. Why? Once you need to use your bottle to store water, where are you going to put all those nifty survival items? In the brightly coloured bag of course.

There are a few items which we do not contain in the bottle, either because they don’t quite fit, or for quick access. For example, we leave the headlamp out so that if the survival kit needs to be accessed at night, the headlamp is readily accessible so that we have light as we start removing the contents.

We consider many of the items in this kit to be “essential items”. We define “essential items” as those which you cannot effectively replicate in nature.

Nobody is as smart as everyone… and everyone you meet knows something you don’t. Do we believe this kit is an excellent base/foundation that is very versatile? Absolutely. Can our version of the Nalgene Survival Kit be improved? Of course! Feel free to make it your own.

Stay safe.

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Jan 2014 Winter Survival & Igloo Course

WINTER SURVIVAL & IGLOO COURSE

Hosted by: Fisher River Cree Nation

Instructed by: Maple Leaf Survival™

January 10-12, 2014

This course is designed for travelers and persons whose occupations expose them to winter/arctic conditions as well as winter camping and survival enthusiasts.  It is also designed for people wishing to become more aware of northern sociological and environmental issues. Techniques of winter survival will be examined through field work, lectures, group discussions, and slide presentations.

Personal survival kits for northern travelers will be discussed in addition to survival relating to downed aircraft. Participants will build their own Inuit igloo, and time permitting, the Athabaskan Quinzhee and Hybrid survival snow shelters.

Maple Leaf Survival is a locally based survival organization instructing survival courses at various locations in Manitoba and partners with Cabelas, Bushcraft Canada, Fort Whyte Alive and Oak Hammock Marsh.

Maple Leaf Survival practices a combination of old world primitive and contemporary approaches, focusing on what works rather than limiting survival skills to a specific style. A well-rounded approach using various methods and adapting oneself to a survival situation is the philosophical foundation upon which Maple Leaf Survival is based.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT:

Introduction to the Arctic

Slide lecture – “Snow shelter construction”

SATURDAY:

Breakfast

Igloo construction

Lunch

Complete igloo construction

Dinner

Knife Skills

Survival food  discussion

SATURDAY NIGHT:

Sleep in snow shelters

SUNDAY:

Quinzhee construction and Inuit games

Fire Theory, Concepts & Techniques

Rescue Signaling

Primitive Navigation

Survival kits

Lunch

 

COSTS:

$65.00/person/day = $162.50/person (based on 2.5 days)

All participants are responsible for bringing their own sleeping gear and proper winter clothing, which is a requirement for the course. Accommodations and washroom facilities are available within the lodge for those who do not wish to sleep outside in their survival shelters. However, you will still need your own bedding/sleeping bags etc.

The course will be held in January and is usually the coldest month of the winter so please be prepared for the weather conditions. The following is a list of suggested materials and gear every participant should bring to have a successful, comfortable, and fun time during the course:

•     Sleeping Bag, blankets and a Pillow (cold weather blankets)

•     Bedding materials (roll mats, no air mattress)

•     Tarp – approximately 10′ x 10′

•     Winter parka

•     Snow pants

•     Winter boots

•     Winter head & neck gear

•     Winter gloves/mitts (two pairs) and Wool Socks (two pairs)

•     Cold weather clothing and baselayers (wool, synthetics. Please AVOID cotton if possible)

•     Flash lights

•     Sunglasses, Lip Balm, Toiletries

 

Optional – not necessary but would be beneficial

 

•     Knife (ideally a fixed blade with sheath)

•     Wood hand saw

•     Signal mirrors

•     Signal flairs

•     Survival kits

•     Shovel

 

To register, please call: 204-782-5205

Thank you

 

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