The ART of Wildlife Tracking

Come learn the almost lost art of TRACKING. Class is SMALL. Ten people max. This preserves the quality of the class by making it easier for everyone to gather ’round and see the tracks and take notes/photos. That said, DO NOT hesitate on this one. Reserve your spot ASAP. Your instructor will be Mr. Beau Harger. Beau learned the art…

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Wilderness Survival Level-A (Houston area)

Wilderness survival course just north of Houston! Been wanting to get out more? Feel kind of restricted to front country camp sites due to lack of knowledge or skills? Fix that. This course is 1 of 3 based upon military SERE training (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape). While we cannot share with you some training aspects of SERE, specifically the “Resistance”…

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Hill Country Spring Wild Edibles (Burnet, TX)

If you missed out on last springs wild edibles course, or even the winter course, don’t hesitate on this one! Only 20 spaces available!! Instructor: Dr. Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen. Creator of www.ForagingTexas.com, and author of the “Idiot’s Guide: Foraging”, a best seller. Cost: $75 per person Location: Burnet, TX (check our Facebook event page for more specific details) Perfect for…

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Hiker Who Got Lost, Dies of Starvation – A Cautionary Tale

Hiker who got lost

Geraldine Largay was a Appalachian Trail hiker who got lost, and died of starvation. Misguided decisions combined with bad luck and lack of skills lead to her death. It begins like any other backpacking story: two friends decide to hike the AT, having a great adventure. But that wasn’t how it ended. On July 22, 2013, Geralidine’s hiking partner suddenly…

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Summer Foraging (Houston) pt 2

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE BEFORE YOU PURCHASE YOUR SUMMER FORAGING TICKET (Aug 12) You do NOT need to have taken part 1 to do part 2. That’s just our way of letting you know it’s different plants than part 1. Duration: 4 hours (9am – 1pm) Location: Spring, TX at the Spring Creek Nature Center (1300 Riley Fuzzell Rd, Spring,…

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Wilderness Survival Level-B (primitive survival)

Primitive survival, wilderness survival level C

  SPEAR Wilderness Survival Level-B is a 2 day/2 night course, Level-A is a prerequisite. Students will learn how to survive using primitive survival methods, and minimal gear. Skills taught are as follows: *Primitive fire, water, shelter skills *Wild edibles instruction by Dr. Mark “Merriwether”. *Basic knots and rope work for field use (rope bridges and emergency rappelling) *Day and…

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SPEAR Wilderness Survival Level-A

Wilderness Survival Level-A survival gear

If you want to be more responsible and safe then the Wilderness Survival Level-A course is for you. It is NOT a primitive methods survival course. However, you will learn how to pre-plan effectively, and how to survive using the gear you have in your pack and on your person. Topics covered include: *Proper trip planning & coordination. *Leave-No-Trace methods…

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Just for Us: Veterans Big Bend

SPEAR Survival Big Bend

Our Veterans Big Bend trip is about quality time with our brother/sister veterans. Being around other vets is important to us. It’s like being back at home with family. It gives us a chance to heal, bond, breathe, and vent to others who have been where we’ve been, done what we’ve done, and seen what we’ve seen. Of course, it’s…

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Surviving Hypothermia in the Wilderness

Hypothermia can kill you. Let’s get that out of the way. It’s not something to take lightly or brush off, so let’s discuss ways to prevent it, and treat it in a wilderness survival scenario. There are several ways to prevent hypothermia, the first is quite simple; start with a general knowledge of what it is, so let’s define it:…

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