What would you do if you were turned around in the woods and could not find your way back to the car? What if you decided to take a hike alone to the top of a mountain and twisted your ankle? How would you protect yourself? How would you provide your basic needs? HOW WOULD YOU GET HOME? The USI Wilderness Survival System is designed to give you the SAME survival training as the United States Military and Government without the Pain!
USI prides itself in building Wilderness Survival Programs which are motivating, fun, and have a learning curve which is over the top! Our Wilderness Survival Training Program supplies you with a PSK (Personal Survival Kit) which contains everything you need to get home. USI uses this kit to teach you what to do in an emergency. Unlike instruction models which throw information at you and then sends you on your way, USI teaches you with the equipment you are keeping. The purpose behind this concept is to develop gross motor skills and familiarize the participant with the contents of his/her kit.
USI courses and their instructors focus on keeping you alive. For example, students learn how to use their kit and a spark as their heat source to create a sustainable fire in 10 minutes or less. Students also learn the fastest way to pitch their shelter when confronted by a fast moving storm. USI understands all too well that Wilderness Survival is not the same as camping. It never fails that when you least expect an issue is when you need your skills the most. You cannot learn these skills in a few hours a day or by watching a single demonstration. USI instruction is prioritized similar to the military. Skills such as fire craft need the most practice and get the most time. Skills that are much less difficult such as water procurement get the least amount of practice.
USI considers itself the finest operation, of its type, in the world. Not only do we rely on years of experience, we understand that NO single group or individual is an expert on everything. Because of this mentality, USI is surrounded by the best talent in the business. We have developed a business model which utilizes expertise from all branches of the Military, Government, and their Civilian counterparts.
Trusting USI with your survival training and equipment needs is taking your own survival very S.E.R.E.ously!
Like many of you know, who have purchased the USI training Videos, we put a lot of emphasis on safety. Building a shelter is no different. The wrong shelter site can mean the difference in a fun trip or a disaster.
For some of us being in the woods is a life style and we know the hazards in the places we visit most often. Some of these places are our favorite campground or our favorite site in the wilderness. We consider them serene refuge from the rigors of daily life.
However, complacency is not an option anytime you go on a trip. Things change and people cant afford not to check for natural hazards every time they pitch a tent. Even those places we consider “safe”, like natural park camp sites have unseen hazards waiting to ruin our days.
The first and maybe the most common danger are trees. Hazards from trees come from above and thus are less likely to be spotted when setting up a shelter. Tree dangers come in three forms; Snags (trees which are dead standing in part or whole), Widow makers (where the top of a healthy tree is dead) and dead branches.
Spotting these dangers can be difficult but if you stand at your site and look up at a 45% angle in all directions you can identify those dead trees which can reach you. You also need to look straight up and see it their are any overhanging branches which my come crashing down. Just this past year an individual fell victim to a falling branch at a “designated” camp site in a national park.
Another danger are cornices of snow. These are wave shaped snow build ups which have a nasty habit of breaking loose. Well studied in the skiing and climbing world a cornice and its creation of an avalanche, does not have to be close to reach you. In fact a good size slab avalanche can travel long distances based on the terrain and barriers.
Animal trails are another place you never erect a shelter. Trails may be the only clear spot but the hazards are to great to take a chance. Seldom do animals target people for harm but that doesn’t mean you can’t get injured. Imagine being in the middle of a good nights sleep and have an un-suspecting moose come plowing through your ten. What a wake up call!!
In addition you can have issues with insects ( fire ants), mud slides, Dry washes (flash floods from the mountains), low areas (such as lake sides and drainages) which can create extreme temperature drops) and others. The point is, shelter site selection is as (if not more) important than the shelter selection and should be taken seriously.
Summer time is here and many people are heading out to the woods and campsites around the world. Lets hope they are safe and look “up” when they pop up their tent.