Tuesday 25 October 2016

Bear Grylls to teach Irish how to survive alone in the wild

Bear Grylls
Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls has laid down a challenge to Irish people to survive alone in the wild in a remote location here.

The adventurer has launched his Bear Grylls' Survival Academy (BGSA) in Ireland.

Learning how to light a fire, build a shelter and survive on wild fruits and even insects are all part of the hardcore training for participants.

The courses will be based at Xtreme.ie Adventure Zone in Carton House, Maynooth.

The fast-paced itinerary is based on Grylls' principals of surviving any environment and includes climbing challenges, cross-country navigation and essential survival techniques and skills including knife-handling, trapping and rope skills.

But for the ultimate thrill seekers, three-day and five- day courses begin with intense training, provision of personal training equipment and then a "drop off" at a remote location.


Hard-core adventurers are expected to survive alone in the wilderness with basic food rations and their freshly-learned skills.

Instructor Phil Powderly explained at the launch that nutrition can be found in some of the most unlikely sources.

"An earthworm has pound-for-pound the same protein as a piece of steak," he said.

Josh Valentine, BGSA lead instructor for the US, showed attendees how to identify if plants and fruits are edible by carefully testing the leaves first on your inside arm, then if there was no reaction, inside your lip, then on your tongue before ingesting.

Grylls said that he hopes these courses - which are already available in the UK and America - will "empower enrollees" to learn some core skills that "might save a life, but will undoubtedly help teams gel".

For further information visit www.BearGryllsSurvivalAcademy.ie. A three-day adventure course starts from €959.

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