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Give the Gift of Survival…

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Looking for the perfect gift for that outdoor lover in the family this Christmas? Look no further.

BigPig Outdoor’s Survival 101 gift certificates give your loved one the mindset and skills to weather a wilderness emergency, while giving you the peace and mind of their safe return.

Gift certificates are valid for any scheduled Survival 101 course, are non-expiring, and fully transferable.

Email bigpigoutdoors@gmail.com for more info

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Women’s Only Survival Class – 3/17-18 Last Minute Openings…

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The first Women Gone Wild class was a success, with Mother Nature hammering the class with a relentless 2.5 inches of rain!! The ladies turned adversity into triumph, building shelters and fires in the rain and overcoming multiple survival challenges.

The creek was so swollen that we had to hunt for an eddy that would allow full body immersion without getting swept away.

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This weekend, I am hosting another private Women’s Only class, but there have been a couple of last minute cancellations.

Click here to read about Sophie the Survivor’s experience

Click here to read about the curriculum

And email me at bigpigoutdoors@gmail.com if you want to sign up

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Class 28/44 – The double birdie pyros…

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What does an double bird shooting accountant that was dragged to Survival 101 class know?

That she can overcome pain, adversity, push through physical and emotional barriers, find support in her loved ones, and accomplish something she didn’t think she could do.

Kerrie : “I can’t believe I did that”

Me: “I knew you could”

Sitting in 44 degree water after a 28 degree night in a survival shelter borders on crazy. Every fiber in your body screams, you start gasping as the cold water steals your breath, your mind seeks excuses to get out, your thinking becomes cloudy, and you question why you are sitting in a cold creek in the mid of winter shivering with your classmates.

And then it happens. You dig deep. You tame your breath. You find your reason for living. You focus your mind. And then you shoot your instructor the double bird.

And while the double bird was directed at me, it was really aimed at fear… pain.. self-doubt… social stigmas… and death itself.

Not everyone’s experience in the Creek drill is the same, but I highlight Kerrie’s because I watched her crush all those demons that day. I watched her go from inexperienced to being able to save her life and others under physical, mental, and emotional stress. Cold, wet, shivering, and confused, she was able to gather material to build a life-saving fire, a skill that very few possess nowadays.

This weekend I will be training another cast member for Naked & Afraid.

It, like all the other shows, are an illusion of reality. Reality doesn’t play fair, impose rules, or have an emergency crew on standby.

Reality knocks you out of your boat into icy cold water, like Craig Strickland and Chase Morland   stealing you from your beautiful wife and family.

Reality soaks you and your children on a cold, dark night like David Decareaux and his two boys  ripping you from the lives of your other children and loving wife.

Reality is the nighttime callout my SAR team got for a busted leg on an icy trail New Years day.

Reality will crash your car, dehydrate you, make your throat swell shut from a bee sting, and a whole load of other nasties.

But…

Reality, inspired by these heart-breaking stories, also allows us to accept the ultimate responsibility for ourselves and family and do something about it.  It allows us to prepare our bodies and minds in the safety of a training environment or at home.

It allows us to train our mindset, like Kerrie..

It allows us to train our skills like Team Dirty Water..

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And it allows us to choose the right gear, like Josh..

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In our comfortable world it is easy to forget that the forces of calamity lurk in the shadows. It is also easy to forget that we alone have the responsibility and power to to fight them, alone if necessary.

As I type this, I look out the window at the snow falling. It is 18 degrees and I am about to head out the door to work outside.

Natural law is hard at work. The icy cold, the bone chilling wind, the never ending assaults on my body’s warmth.

I imagine in Kerrie’s office however, it is warm and cozy. Her co-workers chat about the latest news while sipping mugs of coffee. Removed and oblivious to the dangers outside, the keyboards click away and the phones ring. At the end of the day  when they emerge from their office it will be a hasty walk to the car. As the bitter cold attacks them, there will be a deep, primal reminder of their vulnerability.

There is however, one amongst them that needs no reminder.

Maybe she walks a little slower, soaking in the elements as they launch their onslaught to her comfort.

Maybe she smiles confidently knowing she has endured much worse and found untapped sources of strength.

Maybe she cranks out the defiant, double bird in the face of anything, and everything, that would try to take her life… 

Upcoming Survival 101 courses

 

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P.S. – Moms that get survival books from their boy and read it in cold water rock!!

 

Spawning Survivalists Spotted- Class 33/52…

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The end of Survival 101 season marks the annual migration of survivalists up Harrison Branch to their mountain oasis. They will be back when it cools off, but for now, congrats to Class 33/52!

A friend of a friend recently made the comment “I can’t believe people pay you to make them miserable…

I shrugged it off, knowing that he is only looking at the surface of my program and not what lies beneath. While I can tout on the benefits of my class all day long, nobody can say it better than a graduate. This week, I received several nice emails and a blog post,  which I will share below.

“On the other side of your fear is your freedom.” Jen Sincero

I took a two day wilderness survival course last weekend. Our final drill for the class was called “woman/man in the creek”. We had to submerge ourselves in the creek (temp outside was around 45 degrees; the water was around 52 degrees) for 10+ minutes and then start a fire after we got out using only the gear we had in our pockets (wet lighter, cotton balls with petroleum jelly and a fire starter). I dreaded this drill from the moment I signed up for the class. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to stay in the water. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to start a fire on my own. I was scared . . . plain and simple.

Well, I was able to stay in the water. I was able to start a fire on my own. The best part? It was so incredibly freeing! I now have more confidence going on solo adventures. Instead of thinking about the things I’m not sure I can do, I’ve now been thinking about the things I can do . . . and new things have been added to the bucket list because of the freedom and empowerment I experienced from doing this one simple drill.

Thank you to Andrew Herrington and Big Pig Outdoors for such a powerful experience. I highly recommend his class to anyone who plays outside.  Jeanna – Class 33/52

I’m sending this from my phone, so please excuse any typos. I want to thank you so much for this past weekend. I cannot tell you how much I learned both about myself and the survival tactics that were covered.
Before I left, Ruth said, “I hope you learn something new this weekend and it isnt just going over stuff you already know!” And oh my god did I. When I got back I told her how I didn’t just learn new information, but I learned how almost everything I THOUGHT I knew was wrong or off base. The information you present is life saving. I thought I might be fine in an event but have had my eyes opened on what type of real information is out there.  Ty  – Class 33/52
In a class full of combat vets, seasoned outdoorsmen, and a BUSAR team member,  Jeanna and “Two Step” Ty made up for their lack of experience with a wnning mindset and the determination to push through challenges, all while learning life-saving skills.
Congrats to them and the rest of Class 33/52. We wish you many future adventures…
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The Survival 101 class will be returning in the fall of 2017, but check out our other course offerings here: http://www.bigpigoutdoors.com/

Families Only Survival 101 – December 17-18, 2016

 

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I usually run a Holiday special every year, but this year, I have deciided to switch it up and run a “Family” Survival 101 class on December 17-18 with discounted prices.

This class is only open to families with kids and there is no age requirement. That means the pace will be a little slower and the challenges scaled appropriately, but Mom and Dad will get all they need to take care of the family in a wilderness emergency. The kids will get re-connected with the woods and learn realistic outdoor safety skills to keep them safe if they ever get separated from the party.

Whether your family is gearing up for the next outdoor adventure, prepping for uncertain times, or just want to grow together while learning new skills and facing challenges, this course is for you.

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This holiday season, you have an important choice…

Buy the kids some junk they will play with for a couple months before it breaks and your wife or husband a present they probably do not want, or buy a gift that makes your family stronger, smarter, and more resiliant!!

Click here to read about the course and see the discounted prices. This is the only scheduled 101 class that allows children under 12 years old. Limited spots available: Survival 101

Got questions? Email : bigpigoutdoors@gmail.com

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