Looking to add more adventure to your travels (and by adventure, we don’t mean eating s’mores by the fire)? This spring, Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls is launching his first Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the U.S., in New York’s Catskill Mountains, offering slightly crazy outdoor enthusiasts the chance to learn extreme-survival techniques. Designed by Grylls and run by his team of experts, the hard-core course is based around skills he learned with the British special forces. Composed of land- and water-based adventure tasks, the five-day course culminates in a wilderness expedition that puts participants’ newfound knowledge to the ultimate test. How are your fire-lighting and emergency-shelter-building skills? Improve those and try your knack at foraging for tasty grubs, rappelling, surviving extreme weather and taking on the aptly named Gross Eat Challenge.
“So many people have asked me over the years where they can learn extreme, practical survival — the type that requires spirit, determination and the skills to self-rescue against the odds in some of the harshest terrain around. [Now we are] able to share some of these skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down,” Grylls says. “Oh, and it may hurt a little.”
The five-day course starts at $2,949 and includes accommodations, meals and all supplies. There’s a slightly less intense 24-hour family course that starts at $665 for one adult and one child (age 9 to 17). Course enrollment is currently open; classes start in April 2014. www.beargryllssurvivalacademy.com