Defining Survival (Outdoor Survival Series Chapter 1)

Peter Kummerfeldt has been teaching outdoor survival nearly his entire life. His approach is practical and proven. Colorado Parks and Wildlife partnered with Peter in the production of a 10-chapter outdoor survival series. As an avid outdoorsmen and survival enthusiast, I was fortunate to produce the project. I learned a number of skills and knowledge that have helped me immensely.

With 22 million acres of public lands, Colorado has endless opportunities to recreate far off the beaten path.

CPW photo by Nick Clement

CPW photo by Nick Clement

A common misconception is “I will never get lost” or “I would know how to survive because I watch all the survival shows.” The reality is that Colorado’s backcountry can overwhelm you. Weather can change immediately and one misinterpretation of a map or taking the wrong trail can lead you to being completely lost and left outside overnight with no water, shelter or fire.

The first key to eliminating this chance is to define and clearly understand survival. Survival is the ability and desire to stay alive in an unforeseen situation. Ability means skills and knowledge, while desire is not only wanting to acquire those skills and knowledge but also the will to implement them in case you find yourself in a dangerous predicament.

As an avid backcountry fisher and hunter, I have found myself in an unexpected early fall snowstorm while hunting moose near timberline. I have found myself completely lost while trying to find a new backcountry fishing spot. I have found myself without water nor a water filter while chasing elk longer than expected. I have found myself caught in a lightning storm while fishing a high alpine lake. Each of which ended up being a simple inconvenience because I was equipped with the skills and knowledge Peter has provided.

In this first chapter and video, we will define survival and the ability and desire you will need to stay alive if you find yourself in a difficult situation. Click HERE to go to chapter two in the series.

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