Wilderness Survival programs are unique programs that incorporate important surviving skills among the students. These unique programs are run at special destinations in the vicinity of natural environment. Students are intending to learn various surviving techniques which are ancient and traditional.
These special programs are led by MICEpro special expertise and help students learn these unique skills which are impossible to learn inside the four walls.
The idea of the program is to know how you or your hiking partners will deal with an unexpected night out. An overnight field session will allow you to truly experience a night out in the local mountains with minimum survival gear. This activity is very effective in building a leader and team bonding. Wilderness survival trip is a challenging and ambitious program with many goals which will provides opportunities to build community among the grades and promotes learning by hands-on involvement. We are very sure that the program will encourage the development of communication and leadership skills, self-reliance and compassion.
Ideally, the wilderness experience draw students out of their usual physical, emotional and intellectual comfort zones, with a view to enabling greater self-knowledge and a richer understanding of the world around them.
The survival night will be an overnight trip into a forested wilderness area where we setup our campsite for the night. A short hike of about 2 hours will lead you to the camping site from the base camp location. That evening you will spend the night in the wilderness, provided only with tented accommodation, sleeping bags, mattresses and dry fruits for that night. Participants can also save their lunch for the night.
It’s another option to survive in the wilderness. Provision for coming back to the base camp will be available for back-up in case of poor weather conditions.
A classroom session prior to the trip on wilderness survival will thoroughly cover all aspects of wilderness Survival, emergency kits, incident response and will also serve as preparation for the field session.
Location: Preferred location for survival nights are Rishikesh, Manali.
Preferred month: July
Activity Risk: Level 3
Candidate Skills Required: Must be comfortable with outdoor activities, camping, hiking, swimming, and environmental appreciation.
Additional Responsibilities: Students must be responsible about obtaining proper backpacks/baggage, shoes, and attire for the program.
The nature and purpose of this course will expose students to a degree of risk not typical of on-campus classes. At most times during the course immediate telephone communication will not be available.
The following topics will be covered:
– Map making,
– Map reading,
– Familiarizing the trail,
– Knot tying + applications,
– Know for Important Camping material,
– Wilderness tools,
– Flora identification and uses,
– Emergency shelter building,
– Choosing a campsite,
– Fire building (what type of fire for different situations),
– Cooking in the wild safety planning,
– Basic first aid, and
– Last but not least “Leave No Trace”/Trail etiquette – Any answers would be helpful I may use yours or it could be the spark that helps me figure one out.
– Personal First Aid kit/medicines/sticking plasters/blister treatments Oral
– Re-hydration Solution sachets are good to combat loss of sugars and salt (not that we anticipate this to be a risk on our holidays).
– Water flask but not a breakable thermos.
– Camera (optional and on your own risk of loss)
– Penknife (Swiss army, Leatherman etc)
– Sun screen
– A walking stick
– Torch and spare batteries: a head mounted (“Miner’s Lamp) torch is very good
– An altimeter or small GPS can add interest to the walks.
– “Wet wipes”, tissues and toilet roll
– A small notebook and pen/pencil for notes.
– Binoculars, if you like bird watching of natural beauty (on your own risk of loss)