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Lisa Coray
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Nifty :)
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Toby Cowern, a reserve member of the British Royal Marines, has come to the US to teach wilderness survival courses several times and in several locations, and he's now coming to teach us again.  

You can see a short bio on him here: 
http://www.stormbushcraft.com/about_us.php

and a quick clip of his teaching here:  
Wilderness Survival Skills Course with Toby Cowern

If you want to see what attendees said about the last Toby trip, look here:
http://www.meetup.com/mass-wilderness-survival/events/16995668/

All levels are welcome, from beginner through advanced.  Difficulty of the course will be adjusted based on the level to which you want to challenge yourself; bear in mind that Toby lives in the Arctic Circle and his idea of a "challenging course" is significantly different from most of ours; if you haven't been out with us before, I'm going to strongly recommend you go with the beginner course.  If you have children aged 14 or older that you want to bring, please email me to discuss.

The location we're headed to was previously logging land behind a campground in the Berkshires but the owners now let us use it for our purposes.  We will spend three days discussing the practicalities of being out in the woods; topics may include but are not limited to:

Psychology of having to rescue yourself in the wilderness
Shelter building
Fire building and management skills
What to do when you find that you're lost
Signaling to ensure rescue
Land navigation
Water purification and management
First aid
Knife skills
Hunger management

Carpooling will be required as there isn't much parking space.  It takes about 2.5 - 3 hours to drive to the site, and everyone should plan to arrive at 10 AM on Friday.  We will hike about 10-15 minutes in to the campsite and the weekend will begin.  Everyone is responsible for their own food, and it is recommended that you bring something you can cook easily over a fire, as there won't be anything else!

The link for the course kit list is here:
course kit list | tobycoursefall2012
Unless specifically discussed with Todd or I, you must have everything on this list to come on the course.  Please email me if you have questions about gear- you do not have to spend hundreds of dollars to find all of these things.  Consider what you do spend an investment- these items, kept in your car, could come in handy someday...

Cost will be $120 per person for the three days.  If you can only make it for two, let me know and the cost will only be $80, but I strongly, strongly recommend you come for three.  Hopefully everyone can get that Friday off :).  In order to reserve your spot, you must pay the full $120 fee; when you sign up, I will send you a PayPal link for the course fee.  The fee will be refunded if you cancel more than 14 days in advance, or if you have to cancel at the last minute due to a reasonable emergency.

Please email me or post to the comments here if you have further questions!  Hope to see you there!
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Sheep exercise
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RIP MCA. Beastie Boys inaugurated my awareness of music, so it feels a little weird. Thanks for making me a little less nerdy :).
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I'm probably the last one to hear about this, as I am with most things, but this is part of the reason I will always love Google:

1) Go to maps.google.com
2) Click "Get Directions."
3) Choose Walking, and get directions from "The Shire" to "Mordor."

Note the cautionary statement :). It made my day.
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Interesting debate over at the New York Times. What do you think?

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/04/20/magazine/ethics-eating-meat.html#/#ethicistpoll1
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Now they're just messing with us!

Type "do a barrel roll" into the Google search page.

Also, if you want to discover just how OCD you are, play this game.
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