Survival in the Highlands
Location: Scotland, United Kingdom
Survival in the Highlands is an intensive five day survival skills course which culminates in a challenging 36 hour expedition to put your new found skills to the ultimate test. The course is delivered by a range of instructors from the Man v Wild/Born Survivor crew. On occasion, Bear himself will make an appearance for select courses although this will be dependent on his schedule and commitments at the time and cannot be guaranteed.
Bear Grylls Survival Academy Survival in the Highlands takes place at Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Sutherland, Scottish Highlands
The adventure begins at 5pm with a chance to meet your course leaders and fellow enrollees, and to ensure you have all the items on the Kit List. We will then move over rugged terrain by 4×4 vehicles to the Academy’s wilderness base camp. On arrival you will receive a safety brief, course brief and outline. You will then be issued with your personal training equipment and basic food rations.
Day One includes a field physical training session, priorities of survival lecture and training on practical use of knots and improvised harnesses. After that we head out on the extreme mountain day. You will undertake navigation training and you’ll learn how to dynamically and safely ascend and descend cliff faces and difficult terrain using a variety of techniques, followed by an inspiring campfire survival lecture.
You’ll be taken for a lesson in self-defense, self-preservation, primal instinct training and fire lighting preparation. The day continues with remote and improvised First Aid, followed by the practical use of snares, traps and drop out fishing lines. Then later, you’ll build your own emergency shelter, prepare and cook some exciting wilderness food and undertake a night navigation exercise. We then explore the art of sourcing, filtering and purifying water.
Hopefully you’ll wake up dry and warm if you’ve built a good shelter! You’ll need to use your skills to make a fire from scratch, check the snare and drop lines. . . . have you caught anything for a ‘wilderness’ breakfast? Today continues with a stalking lecture and exercise, a river crossing training exercise and you will practice a range of techniques for crossing ravines and moving across, up and down difficult extreme terrain by use of rope climbing, tyrolean line and classic abseil techniques. The day concludes with prepping for the remote final 36 hour Final Exercise.
Final Exercise… let’s just say you’ll be putting all your new found skills to good use!
If you are successful then we have the final passing out parade and awarding of the BG Survival Academy certificates and knives.
Please note – all activities are weather dependent.
Bear Grylls Survival Academy is tough both mentally and physically. In order to ensure that you will be able to cope with the demands of the course, please do not apply unless you are able:
- To maintain a steady jog for 25mins without stopping.
- To exercise without stopping for 90 seconds mixing continuous press ups, sit ups and burpees. Two of these ’90 second sets’ should be achieved with a minutes rest in between.
- To trek for one hour in trekking boots carrying a light 20lb daypack.
- To be a competent swimmer.
If you sign up – this will all help you to survive! Please note, all of the clothing and equipment that you bring must be appropriate to the environment and the time of year.
- 2 pairs of robust mountain boot or similar with ankle support
- Base layer, mid layer and outer
- Duvet Jacket
- Hat and balaclava
- Water and windproof trousers and jacket
- Swimming shorts
- Training shoes
- Waterproof note book and pencil
- Casual clothes
- Wash bag
- Personal medication
…and a bag full of positive attitude!
The following kit will be issued to enrollees by the Academy for use for the duration of the course:
- 4 seasons sleeping bag
- Camp bed
- Head torch
- 30ltr ruck sack
- Roll (sleeping) matt
Please note, the Kit List outlined here is for reference only. Once you have booked, a full Kit List which is suitable for your course location (along with a list of items not to bring!) will be provided.
This course is strictly limited to just 10 participants and costs £1,899 (approx U$3,038) excluding flights and transfers. All meals and accommodation are included and a large amount of equipment is on loan for the duration of the course including: Knife, mug, sleeping bag and liner, sleeping mat, rucksack and liner, head torch, water bottle and all technical safety equipment. On completion of the course you will receive the coveted Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate, and your very own Bear Grylls Ultimate knife.
This overview of an average Highlands itinerary provides an insight into what you can expect from Bear Grylls Survival Academy. However, every course is different depending on the location, so this is just a guide!
Survival in the Highlands takes place at Alladale Wilderness Reserve in Scotland.