Difficulty Rating: Level 2
The Horseback Survival Course is held in the area of Apuseni Natural Park in Romania. It is in proximity of Cluj Napoca city. The course is taught by Sigma 3’s Level 1 Instructor Boota Sebas, and Equestrian Guide Bethlendi Istvan. It covers the basics in horseback riding, survival basics, and some advanced survival tactics. This course will prepare you for all the most common wilderness survival scenarios and teach you how to recognize and gather resources from different environments.
The Horseback Survival course is all hands on field training. Our survival training will cover the survival priorities and what techniques work best in mountain pastures, deciduous forest, and resinous woods. We’ll ride about 3-4 hours per day, learn how to put the saddle on, and how to take care of a horse. The program will set you on a path to total wilderness self reliance. After learning the skills taught in this survival training course, you will understand what it takes to survive in almost any environment or condition. The horseback survival is very comprehensive and covers a multitude of different subjects about wilderness survival skills. You will meet people, whose unique way of life is still a long row of traditions and customs, whose stories are as old as the mountains. This survival training class is very intensive and is almost entirely hands on with very little lecture time. The skills we cover are a mix of primitive and modern survival skills. These are skills that your friends will be impressed with the next time you go camping. These are skills that tend to stick with you for a lifetime. Self Reliance skills truly give you an empowered feeling, because after your training with SIGMA 3 Survival School, you will be confident to walk into any environment and take care of yourself, your friends, and your family.
Survival Skills Taught include:
- Horseback riding basics
- Identifying and gathering resources
- Primitive and modern survival shelters
- Methods of wilderness water procurement
- Bow drill friction fire making, how to use a ferro rod, flint & steel
- Creating an all night fire
- Making char cloth, feather sticks, and tinder bundles
- Survival fishing tactics
- Primitive trapping
- Numerous improvised primitive dead falls and snares
- Wild edible and medicinal plant uses
- Primitive & Modern Navigation Methods
- Primitive tool making
- Day 1 – Airport or bus pick up, gear preparation
- Day 2 – Horseback riding basics, navigation, safety & hygiene
- Day 3 – Shelter Day! Students will build primitive & modern shelters.
- Day 4 – Fire Making/Friction fire, all night fire, etc.
- Day 5 – Water Procurement and primitive cordage. Learn to get clean water quickly.
- Day 6 – Food procurement methods/ Survival fishing and trapping
- Day 7 – Graduation and Sayonara Party
Food and Water Required: Water will be provided and food is your own choice. We recommend quick field expedient meals such as canned food or MRE’s. They can quickly be made and won’t slow down the learning process.
Minimum Gear Required:
- Fixed Blade Knife & Folding Saw
- Ferro Rod
- Poncho & Rain Gear
- Outdoor Clothing
- Metal Canteen & Cordage
- Overnight Camping Gear
*You don’t need much equipment for our courses, though good equipment does speed the learning process up greatly!
How to get there?
By airplane via Avram Iancu Cluj International Airport (CLJ)