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This is an opportunity to learn basic survival skills, whether to equip you for an expedition, or just to have a go and see whether you could survive without the trappings of the modern world. During the weekend you will be given instruction in the following essential survival skills: shelter building, water purification techniques, fire lighting techniques, preparation of wild game, trapping, plant identification and foraging, day and night navigation and search and rescue techniques.

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Pictures from the UK Survival Weekend

Spend two days in the beautiful Ashclyst forest and learn how to survive without the trappings of the modern world.

  • Learning how to light a fire

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  • Building a shelter for the night

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  • Foraging plants

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Itinerary and Additional Information

Day 1: Arrive in Ashclyst Forest by 5pm. Build our shelters for the night with instructions on safe cutting techniques. Dinner taken as a group at our site. Sleep in the forest in our own shelters.

Day 2: Busy day learning survival techniques: about grubs, fire lighting, water purification, trapping, navigation. Night navigation exercise. Sleep in the forest in our own shelters.

Day 3: Learn about search and rescue before destroying our shelters and returning our site to normal.

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your local guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

We're with you every step of the way

Once you’ve signed up for a charity challenge, we’ll send you a welcome pack including a fantastic IRC T-shirt, the latest updates on our work and a guide to help you reach your fundraising targets. We’ll also give you an appropriate training plan and be in touch all the way to the finish line with support and advice.

If you’re interested in taking part, or have any questions about ways to support the International Rescue Committee, get in touch with our dedicated team on 020 7692 2764 or email [email protected].

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