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EWU outdoor classes focus on leadership, survival

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A "feather stick" can be the key to starting a fire in wet conditions. In this demonstration, Survival School instructor Nick Weber blows on the embers of steel wool tinder to ignite a feather stick he created with a knife by shaving curly strands of dry wood. Next he would add more feather sticks and kindling to build a fire on a platform of small logs. (Rich Landers)

OUTDOOR SKILLS– Whether you’re a church group leader or a solo adventurer, you can benefit from short summer outdoor courses in skills such as rafting and kayaking offered by Eastern Washington University.

Veteran outdoor recreation professor Paul Green is offering two special courses:

Outdoor Leadership, July 30-31:  Covers trip planning, leadership techniques, judgment and decision-making. Students practice skills, such as GPS and searching for missing members during a field trip.

Legal aspects of outdoor leadership also are covered. “The session on 'How to prevent a lawsuit' and the outdoor leader’s four main defenses to a lawsuit are very important elements of this class,” Green said.

Primitive Survival, Aug. 6-7:  Classroom and in-field instruction in practical survival techniques for navigation, shelters, fires and much more.

“A lot of survival is making the right decisions and holding it together,” Green said. “We work on that as much as the skills, like making a water filter from sand and make a fire with a knife and a rock, not a flint, a rock.”

Register by July 6: Call EWU Summer Session, 359-4222  or register online.




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