Yet this doesn’t mean that you too can’t learn the same skills and experience. With preparation, you can easily learn to master the wilderness. Here are five easy steps designed to help you along this path.
1. Start small
Don’t rush in. Bear Grylls didn’t plunge into the wilderness headfirst and neither should you. Your first camping experiences should be small, short, weekend events in popular areas near infrastructures and amenities. You don’t have to use them but it’s a good idea to have this safety net in place for your first few attempts at surviving outdoors.
As you get more confident, you can then become more adventurous. You can camp for longer or move further into the wilderness each time. By starting small and continually growing, you’ll learn at a surprisingly fast rate without putting yourself at unnecessary risk.
A camper is nothing without his or her equipment. The right choice of camping equipment can spell success or failure so whether it’s a new tent, cooking equipment or climbing tools you’re in the market for, make sure you buy one which suits your needs perfectly and, most importantly, don’t leave home without them.
Furthermore, make sure you maintain your equipment. Check the condition of items before you head out on your trip and treat any perishable fabrics with appropriate products. These items are to ensure your safety so they need to be in working condition. If not, you need to fix or replace them immediately.
3. Stay in contact
When going into the wilderness, you should always have contact with someone else. In this modern age, a simple phone or radio device is not hard to come by. By keeping your phone charged, you can ensure easy contact with anyone in any situation: this includes the emergency services.
Likewise, you should let people know where you are. In the event of an emergency, or if you fail to return, people will know where to look for you. Even experts like Bear Grylls let people know where they’re going; it’s simple safety for your own benefit.
4. Stay safe
In a similar fashion, you should always practice basic safety guidelines. This includes learning the correct use of equipment and food. These guidelines exist to keep you safe; failing to meet them puts you at personal risk.
Even expert campers don’t take chances. Follow procedures with everything you do and make sure to do it in a safe and open environment wherever possible.
5. Research and knowledge
Never underestimate the power of knowledge. No one walks into the forest without research. By taking time to look into where you’re going, analysing the terrain, wildlife and expected weather, you will be more prepared. You should also ask fellow campers or anyone who has experience in the area you’re camping in for advice and guidance.