The infamous survivalist Bear Grylls, the Northern Ireland-born star of “Man Vs. Wild” is opening up his own academy in the Catskills area of New York State. This academy will be ideal for survivalists and nature enthusiasts who want to learn Grylls’s methods straight from those who have been schooled in them by the master of survival himself.
The academy will feature mountain and water training, and it will cover things like finding sustenance, building shelter, aid for trauma in the wild, rock climbing, and a dozen other things that those who are stranded in the middle of nowhere need to know.
From the official website:
Learn the ultimate in self-rescue skills from the world’s most recognized face of survival and outdoor adventure. This is a rare chance for a lucky few outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe to be taught Bear’s extreme survival techniques on ‘the most challenging but empowering survival course on the planet.
While the original academy hasn’t even opened its doors yet, there’s already talk about opening up additional academies if the first is well-received and well-attended.
According to UPI, Grylls already runs a 5-day course in Scotland which costs about $3,000. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and meet demanding physical fitness requirements.
Applicants must be able to:
– Maintain a steady jog for 25 minutes without stopping,
– Exercise without stopping for 90 seconds mixing press ups, sit ups and burpees, and do two sets with a minute rest between,
– Trek for an hour in boots while carrying a 20-pound pack, and
– Be a competent swimmer.
“So many people have asked me over the years where they can learn extreme, practical survival – the type that requires spirit, determination and the skills to self-rescue against the odds, in some of the harshest terrain around. So it is with great pride that we can now finally launch the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the USA to be able to share some of these skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down,” says Bear Grylls. “Oh, and it may hurt a little.”
Rumors are that the second academy will be opening somewhere in Texas, adding that state’s own arid and unforgiving landscape to the challenges faced by the students who want to be able to go toe to toe with nature and come out on top. Doing so will of course depend on staff, interest and Grylls’s own commitment down the line.
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