Survival Tourism – A recent fad among adventure junkies!

Published on : Friday, March 10, 2017

Survival TourismVassily Telitsyn, a post-graduate student from the Department of History at Moscow Region State University recently took a survival course in the wild. This break was taken to run away from the hustle and bustle of the megalopolis. It also helped him to challenge his own stamina against the odds.

To Vassily, ‘’ I spent a week in a forest near Tver in the fall, living off tree bark, mushrooms and berries. For shelter, I built a makeshift hut from birch trunks covered with branches. The roof of my hut leaked, and the small fire only gave a little heat.’’

He described the journey far from a pleasant distraction. He describes that had to make fire in the pouring rain, catch hares and squirrels with noose. When he got cold, he had to treat the allergies with infusions of medicinal herbs which he managed in the area. Walking 150 kilometers across the wild forest of Tver Region in a week, Vassily Telitsyn obtained experience at par with any trained intelligence operative or a hunter.

For the past five years, the Volchitsa Club (She-wolf Club) has been teaching survival courses for travelers all over the world starting right from the Amazon rainforest to the Kamchatka Peninsula. However, here the tourists or the trainees are not placed in extreme conditions at the first go. A multi-stage system of survival skills training is being provided by the instructors. At the final exam, students have to walk 200 kilometers across the taiga or over the mountains just with a knife, a fire-striker and a rope. Though they follow the instructor, they don’t receive any assistance from him whatsoever.


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