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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach,  ACSM Personal Trainer

Hiking in the Chicago area is a relatively safe enterprise as far as bears are concerned. For those of you that plan on venturing out into the wilds anywhere  outside Chicago, it’s a good idea to know how to handle yourself if you happen to run into a bear.  Or if a bear happens to run into you!

Watch this humorous video on You Tube that teaches you how to deal with a black bear or grizzly encounter. The video star Shannon Davis and Ted the Bear! For more survival videos, visit backpacker.com/survival.

If you have any problems watching the video from this blog, to view the video on You Tub click here.

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

In winter cold, my thoughts run to tropical vacations, the desert sun beating down on my back and all places warm and cozy. But what about learning how to survive in nature? If you are looking for a vacation that lets you soak up some warmth AND learn how to light afire, find safe drinking water and teach you how to survive in the wilderness like Survivorman? Check out Cody Lundin. He’s a survivalist, book author and runs his own wilderness travel company, Aboriginal Living Skills School.

Cody Lundin The "Nothing" Course Skill building

From Cody’s Website: Cody’s field courses are held in the wilderness — not just outside — allowing you the rare opportunity to explore and harvest natural materials from their source for optimum realism and enjoyment. Time-tested programs are continually updated with new and exciting skills while limited enrollment ensures you personalized instruction, maximum adventure and fun!

Cody Lundin’s ALSS specializes in:

  • Primitive Living Skills
  • Wilderness Living and Modern Outdoor Survival Skills
  • Urban, Suburban and Rural Preparedness
  • Disaster Mitigation, Training and Survival
  • Sustainable Design, Building and Living Systems
  • Media Production

Sample Upcoming Class-The Essential Abo

June 19-20
Cost $395

If you were to walk “naked into the wilderness,” what skills would you need to know first? Come and find out…..and introduce yourself to living comfortably in the outdoors without relying on modern technology. For more than 19 years, the Essential Abo adventure has been a foundational class at our school and remains a must have experience for those who walk upright. Learn and experience the very skills that were used by indigenous peoples the world over to shape the beginning of civilization itself!

Fire from Sticks: create a functional bow-drill fire making set from a wilderness environment, learn about the all powerful tinder bundle, the fire triangle, nature’s fire starters, using fire as a tool, and how to safely extinguish a fire using no water.

Primitive Shelter: building quickie homes from leaves and limbs, where to build, why and how using the five laws of how the human body loses and gains heat to the environment.

Stone Tools: creating simple discoidal and bi-polar stone knives and hand-axes and how to use them for anything from making a shelter, notching a fire-by-friction board or cleaning a fish.

Natural Cordage: create string and rope from dogbane, yucca and deer sinew, learn how to identify and prepare the fiber, do reverse wrap cordage, splice and braid.

Wooden Containers: use fire you’ve made with sticks to create cottonwood eating bowls and bark spoons using the same method indigenous peoples used to make dug-out canoes.

The Essential Abo adventure trains you in the priorities of long term living in the bush. These same priorities can be used to help you more effectively plan, pack and prepare for a 21st century modern back packing adventure. Create and take home lots of handmade primitive gear that has kept people alive in the wilderness for thousands of years! (minimal hiking required)

Note: Cody has many other classes including skills classes, adventure classes and custom classes you design with Cody.

Who is Cody Lundin?


Image from the back of Cody’s book, 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive!

Unbeknownst to him at the time, Cody Lundin’s love of all things self-reliant began as a child with the influence of his grandparents. Their rural South Dakota lifestyle of living close to the land and doing more with less was Cody’s first exposure to what the family still calls, “that good ol’ pioneer spirit.”

The only child of a military family, Cody moved frequently, including time spent in Europe. During these years of migration, with no formal base to call home, Nature became Cody’s constant companion, whether in the neighboring woods or the back yard.

During his teenage years in the prairies and mountains of Wyoming his interest in self-reliance training continued. He would frequently hike alone into the Wyoming wilderness with spartan gear and a piece of fishing line to improvise catching brook trout. Cody graduated early from high school, created his first survival kit for living on the road, and boarded a westward bound greyhound bus with a duffle bag and a guitar – making raw choices that would nearly cost him his life more than once. He lived on city streets, alone in the woods, in a radical commune a few miles from the Mexican border, and generally immersed himself in the dark years he simply calls, “my warrior training.”

Cody’s life changed forever when he experienced a transformation in the Red Rock wilderness of Sedona, Arizona. This profound experience with the natural world inspired him to change his life and share Nature with others. He then consciously entered a multi-year journey of hard choices, deprivation and self-correction.

In 1991, Cody founded the Aboriginal Living Skills School using the same passion, determination and psychological stamina he used to overcome personal challenges and heal his life. He is an internationally recognized professional in his field and the best-selling author of two books on survival and preparedness, 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive and When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes. His expertise in practical outdoor skills comes from a lifetime of personal experience including two years spent living in a brush shelter in the woods where he slept on pine needles and cooked over an open fire.

For information on the Aboriginal Living Skills School courses click here.

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