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What do we require as humans to survive? We require nutritious food, clean water, and adequate shelter. These are basic human essentials that we have used since our forefathers began hunting and gathering. We need to gather such things to stay alive. In the hunter-gather course, you learn how to survive off the land when you begin to hunt and gather.   Why do we require them? Food and water are required for survival. We cannot survive without them. We need shelter to safeguard ourselves from different components. We will not survive

Bow drill day.  Will had warned us it would be a killer, and he wasn’t kidding.  My hands were already blistered and bruised from carving out a spindle and a hearth board (two things which I didn’t even know existed before that day) for nearly four hours.  Now, my rubbery left arm was supposed to press down on the spindle with more weight than I knew it was capable of while my right arm was supposed to spin the spindle in this perfect stiff-armed sawing motion with the

SIGMA 3 Survival School is happy to announce that after almost 4 years of work, we have finally been approved for the GI Bill® for our 45 Day Survival Instructor course. Now all veterans will be able to come take survival instructor education with their GI Bill® benefits. Visit Survival Instructor Course What is the survival instructor course? It’s a 45 days totally immersive outdoor education on survival and bushcraft, that will give you the necessary skills to survive almost anywhere with little to no modern tools. We put a heavy

I think we all have heard in the news by now about coming food shortages and that food prices are all going to increase exponentially. So how do you prepare for rising food prices or shortages? The key is to buy before prices skyrocket. With fertilizer prices doubling over the last year and with the Russian sanctions, this will cause the cost of all agriculture to go up. But it hasn’t shot up a tremendous amount just yet, because massively increasing prices in items used to grow commodities

Are you ready to survive an emergency at your location? Is your survival context urban or the wilderness? In recent days, I have read a few articles and watched a few presentations relating to urban or wilderness survival. It is interesting to notice one preference over another. These preferences are due to the leanings of those making their case. One’s environment influences the preferred approach to emergency preparedness. My own experiences with outdoor recreational activities, weather emergencies, military field training, and combat deployments accentuate this truism.Thus, there are

Can you stay alive outdoors by assessing risks? The summer outdoor season sees an increase in reports about disappearances and accidents. A recent report from California discusses the disappearance of an experienced hiker at a campsite in the Bristlecone Pine Forest. She was later found alive after four days. The report reveals that she had to flee her location due to a threatening person. Another story relates the discovery of the body of a missing person on the Snake River in Wyoming. He was working at a KOA

Three popular survival approaches for the outdoors are commonly discussed in the literature of wilderness and outdoor survival. Outdoor sports are gaining in popularity. For example, in 2017, over 44 million people went hiking and backpacking. It represents an increase of over 12 million participants from 2009. The Outdoor Industry Association’s annual report for 2017 shows that spending on outdoor recreation is $887 billion per year. This means that interest in outdoor emergency survival is also increasing. Therefore, it is essential to know that there are several common

There are 3 outstanding wood choppers you should consider for your survival, bushcraft, or emergency kit. There are many varieties, sizes, levels of quality, and prices for these tools. These essential tools were developed to address specific local or regional requirements. The ax and machete are pretty standard solutions for most situations. Let us look at the top three outstanding wood choppers that you should consider adding to your field gear packing list.1. Ax/HatchetBackgroundThe ax or hatchet is one of the 3 outstanding wood choppers. They are the

Over the ages, nature has helped evolve the best solutions for survival in the very animals that live off the land. Every species must adapt to it's environment and find a way to stay warm in the coldest environments. So when you are looking for the warmest fibers on the planet, it makes sense to look at animals that survive in the coldest, nastiest environments on the planet. The one domestic animal that survives at the highest altitudes, experiences the biggest temperature changes, and endures constant moisture is

Jungle Survival, Living Off the Jungle, Wild Foods, and Jungle BushcraftNumerous SIGMA 3 cadre have just returned from a jungle survival trip deep in the Nicaraguan jungles and have gained an awesome sense of empowerment knowing how well they can live in the jungle with a few tools. This October 2015 we set out on a jungle survival trip to practice bushcraft with the Rama Indians in the Southeastern section of Nicaragua, near the little town of San Juan Del Norte. This is the last stop when traveling

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