24 Hours

Grit Factor ?

Course Information

Have you got what it takes to survive for 24 hours and make your way back to civilisation?

"Some of my toughest times have lasted for less than 24 hours, yet have had the greatest impact on me"
Bear Grylls
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In this intense 24-hour survival experience, you will learn practical life-saving skills, attitudes such as resourcefulness and calm under pressure, and push yourself farther than ever before. From hour one, when you arrive in the wilderness with no tent, and limited supplies, the pressure is on to source food and water locally from streams and pools. Guided by Bear’s team of highly trained experts, you’ll be taught to identify animal runs, lay traps, skin and gut your dinner, and forage to supplement your diet. You’ll acquire survival knife skills, wilderness first aid, fire lighting, and rope skills like knots and harnesses, then use these skills to navigate difficult terrain such as rivers, lakes and steep ground by day and night. You’ll also learn to build emergency shelters and protect yourself in the wild from attack. Much more than a bush craft course, it’s the perfect preparation for enthusiasts considering any of our extreme three and five day courses.

Here are some of the activities and stills you will undertake in our South Downs location:

  • Dynamic river runs and/or lake crossings
  • Improvised wilderness first aid
  • Emergency shelter builds
  • Navigate harsh terrain by day and night
  • Rope skills – crossing difficult terrain
  • Survival knife skills and fire lighting using a bow and hand drill
  • Foraging for food, setting snares & traps
  • Dynamic self-rescue techniques
  • Axe throwing
  • Tree top canopy climbing
  • Spear making & throwing
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Foraging for wild foods

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Crossing the river using rope systems


  • The course runs from midday to midday
  • All meals, selected kit and accommodation are provided during the course - see our kit list for full details
  • On successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate
  • Why not take up the challenge and complete the White Water Survival Course in Brecon Beacons too?

Please note: all activities are weather dependent.


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South Downs (near London)
Though less than an hour from London by train, this landscape has plenty of difficult terrain, including rivers, lakes, steep ascents and undulating countryside. In British winter and summer conditions alike, it will be a challenging and demanding environment in which to survive.

These items 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. This is just a guide and you may not require all the kit. Your instructors will let you know what to take out into the wilderness on arrival-any extra kit can be secured at base camp.

…and don't forget a bag full of positive attitude!