Day 2 (Sunday) 08:00 - 17:00
(Field Practice Day)
On Day 2, we will meet at Cooking Lake Provincial Recreation Area approximately 20 minutes east of Edmonton.
The day's training will consist of using navigation skills that are taught on Day 1 to find your way along a cross-country navigation course. This is followed by demonstrations and practice of bushcraft skills.
The 3.5 km long (up to 5km depending on ground conditions) navigation course proceeds through some wet-lands, tall grass fields and across uneven terrain and may take up to a few hours to complete. The full navigation course does not have to be completed if this type of activity is difficult or becomes difficult for you.
A water purification demonstration also occurs along the way of the navigation course. Stagnant pond-water will be used to demonstrate and compare different methods of purifying water.
A military-style warm packaged ration will be provided for lunch. A sample ration will be shown on Day 1 so you will be aware of what to expect. If you do not think that this will meet your personal nutritional requirements, please ensure that you bring enough of your own food to last you through the day. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and combination options are available.
The bushcraft portion of the day consists of demonstrations and practice of starting fires using multiple different methods, building simple shelters, signal fires and simple snares.
There will be a rest-tent area set up at the field training location with coffee, tea, water, power bar-type snacks, and (if the hazard level allows it) a fire. A large hard shelter is available on-site if the weather gets too poor for us to remain outside. Washrooms are located on-site or within walking distance for the majority of the day.