December 28th, 2012 at 10:50 am (survival skills, primitive living, the human path, texas outdoor education, primitive hunting, wild food sources, outdoor survival, bushcraft, readiness, self sustainability)
In today's podcast, Sam Coffman talks about the path of the Hunter Gatherer.
He discusses and answers questions such as:
- Where does the concept of the Hunter Gatherer come from, and why is it such an important aspect of any survival training?
- What specific skills can you look forward to learning in the Level 1 Hunter Gatherer course as well as all of the myriad of Hunter Gatherer electives?
- Is the Level 1 Hunter Gatherer course difficult?
- What is the Level 1 Hunter Gatherer test like?
- What can you expect from the Level 2 core courses in any specialty and how does that work?
- How can learning Hunter Gatherer skills make you better at survival in general?
- Why do we have different instructors for each specialty and how does that make the school more intense and create a richer learning environment?
- What is the difference in food and nutrition between food that grows wild off the land vs. domestic food in our grocery stores, and how does that affect students in the Hunter Gatherer core course?
The Hunter/Gatherer course, beginning January 5/6th, 2013.
The Wilderness Tracking Certification Program, beginning January 12th, 2013.
The full Winter 2013 Class Calendar
For more information about the school, classes and programs, visit the website at www.thehumanpath.com.
December 27th, 2012 at 9:21 am (survival skills, urban survival, primitive living, fire-building, the human path, permaculture, texas outdoor education, herbology, the combat medic, martial arts, Outdoor Fitness and Self Defense, primitive hunting, wild food sources, outdoor survival, green homesteading, aquaponics, self sufficiency farming, long-term food storage, trauma medicine, field medicine, tracking, bushcraft, primitive bowmaking, nature spiritulity, scouting, disaster preparedness, readiness, parkour, health and nutrition, economic collapse, power shortage, survival scenario, weapons, self sustainability, pet survival, eco building, homestead livestock, prepping, homesteading, intentional community, community, societal collapse, gardening, herbal medic)
In today's podcast, Sam Coffman discusses the entire structure of classes and programs at The Human Path.
He addresses many of the questions that people have about how the program is structured at The Human Path, to include:
- What are the differences between core classes and peripheral or elective classes?
- What are the 4 paths or specialties that a person can follow within the core curriculum?
- What specific things do students learn in each of the specialties?
- What makes The Human Path so different from other survival schools?
- How does learning these skills make a difference in day-to-day life?
- What is the difference between Urban and Primitive tracks of instruction?
- What are the "Four A's" of survival that are a part of the core curriculum?
- How does a student move up from level 1 to level 2 in a specialty?
- How are concepts like teamwork, leadership and community taught as part of the classes?
The next Urban Core Basic class is January 25 - 27th, 2013.
Check out the Winter 2013 schedule for the next 2-3 months!
December 26th, 2012 at 10:33 am (survival skills, urban survival, primitive living, fire-building, the human path, permaculture, texas outdoor education, herbology, martial arts, Outdoor Fitness and Self Defense, wild food sources, outdoor survival, green homesteading, aquaponics, self sufficiency farming, long-term food storage, trauma medicine, field medicine, bushcraft, primitive bowmaking, nature spiritulity, scouting, disaster preparedness, readiness, parkour, health and nutrition, power shortage, survival scenario, weapons, self sustainability, pet survival, eco building, homestead livestock, prepping, homesteading, intentional community, community, societal collapse, gardening, herbal medic)
In this podcast, Sam Coffman discusses The Human Path growth, classes and real-world action during 2012, as well as the direction for 2013 and beyond.
Sam answers questions such as:
- What kinds of learning experiences were developed throughout 2012 and what can we look forward to in 2013?
- How has the breadth of the curriculum has been defined over the past few years at The Human Path? What exactly does that breadth of information include?
- How have The Human Path instructors evolved with the school?
- Why is it necessary to implement testing and selection procedures for higher level classes and real-world teams? What might that testing procedure look like, and at what point in the different levels will we see it?
- As we focus in the 4 areas of our curriculum delivery - Lecture, Hands-on, Scenario and Real-world missions – how does this all merge to create an ideal learning and even life-changing environment?
- How did Nicaragua figure into learning experience during 2012, and what's next?
- What can we expect to see in 2013 in regards to real-world missions and new classes?
Our new calendar for 2013 is up online here.
February 29th, 2012 at 6:48 pm (survival skills, urban survival, primitive living, the human path, texas outdoor education, wild food sources, outdoor survival, self sufficiency farming, long-term food storage, disaster preparedness, readiness, power shortage, survival scenario, survival gear, weapons, self sustainability, prepping)
In today’s podcast, Sam Coffman reviews last night’s “Doomsday Preppers” show (National Geographic channel) –
Sam gives his own feedback on the preppers that were featured in this show, as well as some of the concepts involved in their method of prepping. Aside from talking about the details of each individual prepper and some various feedback on their plans, he also talks about:
- bird alarms as a method of early warning in a rural environment
- lifestyle adjustments for the first family of primitive skills enthusiasts for prepping
- over-population as a possible disaster scenario and why it works well
- firearms' role in survival
- living off the 'fat of the land'
- surviving in a bunker: what happens when they have to inevitably emerge from the bunker?
- changing a culture of 'distraction' to ensure a positive survival of the species
- security: humans vs. machinery
- prepping for martial law: what this means
- water: what is the bare minimum per person needed, and how much for comfort?
- what is to be gained through sniper tactics in a survival situation?
- the difference between these prepper's everyday lifestyle compared to what they are prepping for
There are two survival courses coming up that deal specifically with survival in all types of situations.
See the online schedule for:
The Primitive Core Basic: 5-Day Intensive, March 12 - 16th, online registration
The Urban Core Basic: Part one, May 4 - 6th, online registration
February 2nd, 2012 at 3:47 pm (survival skills, urban survival, primitive living, the human path, texas outdoor education, Outdoor Fitness and Self Defense, outdoor survival, green homesteading, disaster preparedness, readiness, survival scenario, self sustainability)
In today’s podcast, Sam Coffman talks about skills, gear, community and preparedness mentality. He covers topics such as:
- Which is more important – Skills or Gear?
- How do you go about working on skills on a regular basis?
- Why is fitness a crucial skill?
- What makes community more important than just flying solo as a prepper?
- How does The Human Path integrate skills with community?
- What is a decent fitness test you can give yourself right now?
For more information on upcoming classes at The Human Path, visit the online calendar
For more resources on any of these topics, visit Treehugger Survival at: www.treehuggersurvival.com
October 14th, 2011 at 2:11 pm (survival skills, primitive living, the human path, texas outdoor education, outdoor survival, bushcraft, readiness)
||In today's episode, Sam Coffman and Jonathon Pinckard discuss primitive skills instruction and survival schools.Jonathon Pinckard founded and runs the survival school Wild Bayou - http://www.wildbayou.com/ , which is located in Louisiana. He focuses on a lot of the skills and knowledge specific to the Louisiana area and surviving in wetlands & marsh. Jonathon grew up learning outdoor skills and bushcraft from his family, where living without running water and electricity was a normal way of life.
|In today's podcast, Sam and Jonathon discuss:
- How Jonathon got started teaching and what the mission of his school is
- The various programs available at Wild Bayou
- Some of the differences between surviving in most of the rest of North America vs. the swamps of Louisiana
- Dealing with mosquitoes and some of the other hazards of the wetlands - some of the plants and natural methods to keep yourself alive in heavily infested areas
- Fire and shelter in a wetlands area
Check out the Wild Bayou YouTube channel
Visit their Facebook page
We'll follow up on Monday with the second half of this podcast!
October 6th, 2011 at 11:41 am (survival skills, urban survival, primitive living, the human path, texas outdoor education, Outdoor Fitness and Self Defense, outdoor survival, tracking, scouting, disaster preparedness, readiness, survival scenario)
You do a thorough check for high-speed avenues of approach as well as your own E & E possibilities from this location if necessary, and decide to bed down in the first spot you found with some great natural cover and concealment, as well as being a decent natural shelter that wouldn't take much work to become a refuge from even a serious rainstorm. However, the weather looks like it will be dry and clear during the day anyway, so rain is probably not an issue.
You dig a scout fire-pit and make a hobo stove out of a large can you found. You gather enough small pieces of dry wood (mostly the ashe juniper) to boil several pots of water, and go about restocking your water supply as well as hydrating fully.
You still have about 3/4 of the food you started with, but you're hungry and don't want to eat the food you're carrying if you don't have to. You don't really have time to look around too much for animal food, but there are a number of things that are presenting themselves to you as possible easy food. Describe how you would capture/harvest & prepare for eating, the following possibilities that you see here:
This is the final part of this disaster scenario. Post your comments here and we will reply at the end of the day with feedback.
To see the first part of this disaster scenario, check out Episode 057.
Part two of the scenario, click here for Episode 058.
Part three of the scenario, click here for Episode 059.
Part four of the scenario, click here for Episode 060.
We'll be returning to our regular podcast routine on Monday October 10th with a very cool interview on modern-day homesteading!
October 3rd, 2011 at 11:53 am (survival skills, urban survival, primitive living, the human path, texas outdoor education, Outdoor Fitness and Self Defense, primitive hunting, wild food sources, outdoor survival, tracking, scouting, disaster preparedness, readiness, survival scenario)
**just joining us? This is part of an ongoing survival-scenario challenge that we posted last summer via Facebook. We are re-posting it now for the new people who've joined us since then. We will have these from time to time with different scenarios that people can offer feedback on to test where their knowledge/skills are at. Just post below on the podcast site, and we'll reply at the end of each day.
You walk all night in a southwesterly direction, and walking along back roads that you are not completely familiar with. At one point during the night you hear what sounds like a protracted gun battle, maybe 1/2 mile or more to the west of you in what you think is a small town, but otherwise you encounter no problems. You have passed many ranches and farmhouses, but are concerned that you might get shot at if you walk up to, or enter someone's home. You decide that if you could find natural water, the best thing might be to hole up for the day, get some much-needed rest, maybe in a spot where you can observe a farmhouse or two and see if there are people who would be helpful to your situation.
Your water supply is running low, and of course you'd like to find some place to hide out during the day that's near some natural water, but you haven't seen any yet, even though the area you're traveling through seems to be mostly woodlands and farmlands.
It is an hour or so before dawn, and you happen to hear a bird call to the southeast that sounds like this.
(If the above link to the bird call doesn't work, you can also reach it directly - http://www.thehumanpath.com/media/sound/Scenario_Part3.wav)
What bird is this?
Would hearing this bird at this time of day bear any significance to your needs?
Are there any general habits of many bird species at a given time of day that would indicate location of water? What are those habits?
The next part of this disaster scenario will be posted next week. Post your comments here and we will reply at the end of the day with feedback.
To see the first part of this disaster scenario, check out Episode 057.
Part two of the scenario, click here for Episode 058.
September 12th, 2011 at 12:44 pm (primitive living, the human path, texas outdoor education, herbology, outdoor survival, trauma medicine, field medicine)
||In this episode, Sam Coffman and Nicole Telkes discuss Berberis trifoliolata (Mahonia trifoliolata) - Common names of Desert Barberry, Algerita, Agarito, Agorita and more.
|This plant is a remarkable medicinal plant found throughout the drier areas of TX and the southwest. Aside from its edible berries, the stem, leaf and root are fantastic medicine. Listen in as Sam and Nicole discuss topics such as:
- Is algerita the "Goldenseal of the hill country?"
- What are the extensive medicinal uses of algerita?
- Can it be used internally as well as externally?
- Is there any part of this plant that can't be used in some way for food or medicine?
- What parts are best to use medicinally, and how should they be prepared?
Check out an earlier blog entry about making jam with Algerito here.
Tomorrow we will finish this series up with a discussion on Borage.
August 25th, 2011 at 2:31 pm (survival skills, primitive living, fire-building, the human path, texas outdoor education, primitive hunting, wild food sources, outdoor survival, bushcraft)
||Joshua Hamlin teaches and practices primitive skills and wilderness survival consistently. Aside from teaching for various US schools, he also is an instructor at the annual Bios d'Arc Primitive Skills and Knap In every fall in Missouri - http://www.boisdarc.info/.Joshua's YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/WildPrimitiveSkills - is filled with educational videos on various primitive skills that you might not find in other places on YouTube.
|In this episode, Sam Coffman and Joshua Hamlin finish discussing Joshua's experiences when he put himself to the test and lived off the land for 2 years using only primitive tools. They talk about the mistakes he made and what he learned from them. They discuss the importance of making mistakes in a "safer" environment because of what can be learned by those valuable experiences.
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