British Columbia Outdoors Wilderness Guide

British ColumbiaSurviving in the British Columbian wilderness is no easy trick. Even the most experienced adventurers and explorers out there succumb to the harrowing ordeals that Mother Nature throws at them. Heck, maybe not even the notable TV explorer Bear Grylls himself. But if you are a diehard adventurer to the core and want to give British Columbia a try, then these are the things you have to do to survive.

Load yourself with the know-how

Being calm most of the time help, especially if you are combating physical and mental ordeals such as pain, cold, fatigue, thirst or hunger, boredom and loneliness. These are all natural bodily reactions to everything you have sustained and gone through. So it is best that you know what to do when situations like these arises.

Building campfires

You also have to possess some knowledge on how to do things like building a campfire. Usually, campfires have to be built in a place where it is sandy or rocky, or even in a place where there is a supply of sand and water. This way you get to avoid forest fires. Additionally, you have to know the right stuff needed or done to create a campfire.

Below are recommended items to to create a campfire:

  • Use strike-anywhere matches that are waterproof. If they are not waterproof, dip them in nail polish.
  • Utilize cigarette lighters.
  • You can also use flint and/or steel devices.

Building shelters

In building a shelter, make it simple but sturdy. Have it insulated from the bottom and the opening should be against the wind. Caves can be used as shelters. But make sure they are not occupied. Build a campfire at the mouth of the cave to discourage wild animals from entering.

Below are the types of shelters that you can build:

Wigwam – constructed using three long poles, they are tied upright using wooden sticks. Tarps, boughs are any other suitable materials can be provided as its cover. Fallen trees are enough to make the structure of wigwam.

Snow caves – in open terrains, you can utilize snow caves as shelter by burrowing a tunnel that is about 60 centimeters leading inside. Once done, you can dig your own chamber big enough to accommodate you and your equipment.

Things you need as your equipment

For clothing, it is best that they are waterproofed. Light clothes made of natural fibers are recommended. Make sure you bring hats since they are best in warding off the heat and the cold. For your equipment, you have to make sure it promotes the chances of survival in whatever given situation. You should also have a waterproof canteen that can serve as both cooking pot and water receptacle. It has to be attached to your belt at all times.

Survival kit check list

  • Map and compass
  • Large plastic bag for shelter and rain gear. It can also be used as a signaling device.
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • Spare water and food
  • Extra clothing like pants, sweater and gloves
  • Pocket knife
  • Signal flares, whistle or tarps
  • Lighter, flint and steel or waterproof matches
  • First aid kit
  • Clothes that has long sleeves
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses

Wilderness survival workshops

There are several places in British Columbia where wilderness survival enthusiasts can go to such as the Rockies or Northern Columbia. For those who want to learn some advanced survival tricks or two, you can enroll in any of these survival schools in British Columbia:

Survivors Edge

Wild Awakening

WOLF School of Natural Science


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