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WOOF: Winter Wilderness Survival Concepts, Part 1

  • 27 Dec 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • online

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Winter Wilderness Survival Concepts 

with Jessie Krebs

Welcome! This is our first of five classes on wilderness survival designed to help you feel empowered and competent when you are playing in the outdoors. The five basic needs of a survivor are a way to remember and prioritize potential actions to take if an outing goes wrong. These are based on what I first learned and later taught at the USAF SERE School 30 years ago. In this first class we'll explore what the basic needs are and how to meet them in one of the toughest conditions: winter. I’ll be augmenting the class with stories of how folks have met (or not met to their detriment) their needs in various situations. Knowing these and some basic principles around them can make or break a survival situation in the backcountry. So, if you'd like to feel a bit more prepared when you go out hiking, skiing, bird watching, climbing and so on, come join us! Bring your own stories and questions to enrich everyone's learning!

Presentation Goals:

  • To describe the five basic needs of a survivor with the focus on cold/winter conditions.
  • Discuss how to prioritize them and why, in a variety of scenarios using stories and answering questions.

Jessie Krebs - Biography:

Global survival instructor Jessie Krebs joined the US Air Force at 18 both as a way to pay for college and to escape the small town, midwest blues. What she got in addition was a sense of competence and a deeper connection to the outdoors. She had survived her own childhood trauma through the support of the natural world: the wilderness was a familiar and safe place that held her when the humans around her could not be trusted. She went from a shy girl to one of the few female S.E.R.E. (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape) specialists, teaching military members how to stay alive and return home if they were shot down behind enemy lines. After an honorable discharge she went on to direct team building courses and then found a home for over a decade working in wilderness therapy. In that career she learned to listen to her heart again and opened to the magic working through all things. Her passion is helping women feel empowered by teaching them skills that are traditionally considered male. Women are survivors in ways that go well beyond the physical, yet often, feeling powerful in the physical realm transfers to the emotional and mental. Like assuming the “wonder woman” pose when in need of emotional strength; building a fire from sticks goes a long way toward bolstering our sense of efficacy in life. Learn more at: www.SERETraining.US

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