Place: Fränsta, Medelpad, Sweden
Time: 7 days in July
The Swedish Survival Guild (Svenska Överlevnadssällskapet, SÖS) was founded in the early 80's and the organisation's mission is to educate us in the art of bushcraft knowledge and survival. SÖS offers both theoretical and practical knowledge. This gives a great opportunity to test one's limits under safe conditions. It's interesting to see how one reacts in tough situations without food and equipment. During one week me and seven other outdoor enthusiasts participated in SÖS Basic Summer Training. The training was lead by four experienced instructors. One of the instructors who also was a Medical Doctor monitored and documented our physical status. This gave us interesting data regarding starvation and sleep deprivation. As the moment of surprise is a big part of this course I don't wanna revile too much of the contents of this training, but I can say that this week gave me interesting knowledge regarding eatable plants, making fire, water purification, first aid, building shelter, navigation, psychology, signaling, hunting, fishing and much more. This is priceless knowledge for all, and especially for us operating in remote areas. I can recommend you to visit SÖS's website and SÖS's page on Facebook to be inspired and sign up for one of their courses.