This 7-day winter survival course will take place fully in the field. We will bring with us only a limited number of items, and a limited amount of food. From there we will rely on Jordan’s three tenets of wilderness survival to thrive: ingenuity, adaptability and resilience. Our warmth and comfort at night will rely on the shelters we build and the fire we feed and manage. Our meals will be supplemented with the game we trap and the fish we catch.
If you haven’t seen Season 6 of History Channel’s Alone, spoiler alert, Jordan wins! But it was not simply the winning that impressed us so much, it was the manner in which Jordan did it. Jordan was dropped off on the shores of Great Slave Lake in Canada’s far north, with minimal equipment and winter setting in. Displaying an incredible sense of humour and enthusiasm, boundless energy and a vast array of practiced wilderness living skills, Jordan proceeded to harvest moose, wolverine, hares, trout and pike; build and protect his cache of precious food from other hungry predators; make clothing from the furs, and live in comfort and good health through bitterly cold conditions.
During his nearly 3 months living Alone in Canada’s boreal forest, Jordan had the opportunity to separate theory from reality and further develop his approach to real world wilderness survival. This is an awesome opportunity for all of us to learn from someone, who has been there, lived it and is willing to share!
This is a modern winter survival course. We will follow all local legal requirements and standards in terms of catching fish and game, including the use of modern, ethical trap sets. However, we will purposely limit the amount of equipment we bring, so as to test and refine our skills and ingenuity, and reduce our dependence on carried items. Topics include:
- Shelter building and fire management;
- Wood selection and processing;
- Safe and efficient trap handling;
- Snowshoe hare snaring;
- Game processing and meat preparation;
- Safe ice travel;
- Survival snowshoes or skis;
- Bushcraft/ woodcraft (have you seen Jordan’s cache and ladder from Alone!?)
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
Unlike Jordan‘s time on Alone, there won’t be a pot of cash for the winner at the end, so we’re not going to starve you, freeze you or put you in a competition, but we are going to spend the entire week in the field, with limited supplies, working together as a team to provide our warmth, comfort and food. This may test you or put you outside of your comfort zone at times, but we’re not trying to break anybody! We want you to expand your limits and experience the sense of satisfaction and camaraderie that comes from banding together to provide the necessities of life in a harsh landscape!
Small Group Size!
We will be a small group of 12 participants maximum, plus Jordan and Lure of the North staff. Truly an amazing opportunity to spend some real bush time learning wilderness survival skills and strategies from Jordan and the rest of the team!
Please note: prices listed on this website are all in Canadian Dollars. If you proceed to PayPal checkout you will get to view the final price in your local currency before committing to purchase (current exchange approximately 1 CAD = 0.75 USD)
Lure of the North
Jordan is teaming up with Lure of the North to offer this winter survival course. 2020 will be our tenth winter offering courses and expeditions in Ontario, Canada. Kielyn and Dave Marrone each have 100s of winter nights and 1000s of kilometres of snowshoe travel experience from their home on the north shore of Lake Huron, right up to the Arctic Ocean on James Bay. This course will take place on our crown trapline, where we can legally and ethically fish and trap fur bearers throughout the winter.
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