California survival classes with Mark Wienert offers professional survival training for men and women. What are the benefits of attending survival class with us? The benefits are many especially if you enjoy hiking and backpacking. But taking a course in survival does not limit you to how you apply the skills you learn.
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For instance, you never know when you will need to use your new outdoor skills. Once you learn how much water your body needs for a day on the trail you can plan how much to bring. It seems simple enough. Bringing enough water to protect yourself from dehydration. But there is no pain greater or debilitating than not having enough water to drink.
What gear should I bring to class?
A great question. Follow this link to see our weekend class gear list- What should I take for a Wilderness Survival Weekend.
The FAQ page of our website is a great resource for gear. Having the right kind of gear makes outdoor camping easier and comfortable. We use our local thrift stores whenever possible. Instead of buying brand new gear have some fun and see how cheaply you can outfit yourself for class.
A good sleeping bag is worth it
The exception to buying cheap is your sleeping bag. Having a quality sleeping bag to keep you warm and toasty during a chilly night is worth it. Choosing the correct sleeping system to meet your individual requirements can be daunting.
I have a few tips for choosing the right bag for sleeping outdoors.
Tip 1. Consider where and time of year you will be camping the most. With dryer regions like Colorado and Utah, a goose down bag is a great option.
Tip 2. But if your like me and camp in both wet and dry area’s, I go with a synthetic bag. The reason is down is vulnerable to wet and damp. Down will lose its heat generating loft when wet. Plus, natural down is very difficult to dry out on the trail.
Synthetic sleeping bags are better because
- they are resistance to moisture
- do not loose as much loft when wet
- will keep you warm when damp
- are quicker to dry.
Another tip, if your camping in both warm weather and cold weather conditions over the year. You will want to consider buying a sleeping bag for each season. One for summer like conditions and one for cold freezing conditions.
Alcohol and recreational drugs
Can I bring adult beverages or recreational drugs with me to class? No. You want to be safe, alert, and mentally present for the whole course.
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