Trueways Survival Blog

Land Rover Off-Roading with Lofty Wiseman
Trueways owner Ken Plows and his wife, took Lofty Wiseman for a day out off-roading with Land Rover, mostly it went well... but this also happened.     ..
Time Lapse - Boiling Water In Plastic Bottle
Short video of clients on a Trueways 2 Day Basic Survival Weekend boiling water in a plastic bottle. ..
Survival Stories with Lofty Wiseman - 26th August 2017
Date : 26th August 2017 Time : 10.30am onwards Location : Cranham (Gloucestershire) Come and join the Trueways Team and SAS Survival Expert John "Lofty" Wiseman for Campfire talks, photo opportunities and Survival stories, attendance is by ticket only and limited to the first 40 people. Entrance by Ticket Only - Purchase Your Ticket Here - Price includes Parking If Required Full Day Attendance at the event for one person Hot Lunch Cooked by Trueways Instrcutor Ammo on a campfire using different survival techniques. Hot..
New Date Added For Trueways 2 Day Young Survivors Course
Due to demand we have added an additional date for the Trueways 2 Day Young Survivors Course. The additional date is 19th/20th August 2017 The Trueways 2 Day Young Survivalist course, in keeping with our philosophy of real skills for real situations, delivers sensible and appropriate survival training for children aged 7+. This is a basic course intended to give some real skills to those attending. The teaching style is geared towards younger delegates and each must be accompanied by an adult. The price of this course includes one child and one adult, please only book a place for the chi..
Sleeping Mats - Overview Of R-Value (Video)
Sleeping Mats - Overview Of R-Value with Exped. R-value is a measure of resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of material. In theory, the higher the R-value, the greater that resistance. That's true to a point, but it's just one of four key factors that determine the effectiveness of an insulation material. ..
4th February 2017 - 2 Day Basic Course Photos
Course Photos taken on the Trueways 2 Day Basic Survival Course at Cannock Wood, weekend of the 4th and 5th February 2017 ..
Snail Food
The Roman snail (helix promatia), brown garden snail (helix aspersa), and the smaller brightly coloured garden snail (Cepaea nemoralisare) are a fantastic source of food for a survivor. Snails are a good source of Potassium, sodium, iron as well as a large number of essential amino acids and are high in vitamins A, C and D. In the right conditions they can be found in large numbers (ask any gardener!). They can be quickly gathered and are simple to prepare. Once gathered the snails will need to be purged. This is to ensure that anything (possibly poisonous plants) the snails have eaten has ..
Coping with Fear and Stress
In 2004 I had the crazy idea of attending a parachute course and in April of that year I made my first parachute descent. Despite my previous experiences, it was the most frightening and stressful position I have ever been put in. Although this article focuses mainly on coping with fear and stress from a skydiving perspective, they are exactly the same feelings you may have to deal with in a survival situation.   Skydiving is a so-called ‘dangerous’ sport, yet many will come to the sport precisely in order to meet that personal challenge of fear.  In the early stages the competi..
How To Make Aspirin From Willow Bark
The bark of white willow contains salicin, which is a chemical similar to aspirin. It is thought to be responsible for the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the herb. In fact, in the 1800s, salicin was used to develop aspirin. Studies have also identified several other components of willow bark that have antioxidant, fever-reducing, antiseptic, and immune-boosting properties. White willow appears to be slower than aspirin to bring pain relief, but its effects may last longer. Willow bark can be used to ease pain and reduce inflammation. Studies have shown willow is as effectiv..
The Power of Water
Never underestimate the power of water. It’s the most precious of elements but also can be the most dangerous. Even the strongest of swimmers can come unstuck especially in cold water. Tides and currents can prove fatal and underwater obstacles like weed, dead falls can trap the unwary. Although salt water is more buoyant than fresh it causes vomiting if swallowed in large amounts. This in turn leads to panic which is your worst enemy in a tight situation. Creatures found in water are amongst the deadliest in the world, so the point I am trying to make, is to treat any source of water with res..
The Importance of Survival Training
The recent spate of bad weather, is reason enough to justify why survival training is so important. When nature rears its ugly head a new set of rules apply. Generally we take our safety for granted, and it’s not until we have been exposed to danger that we become aware of how vulnerable we are. We are so used to our comforts like, central heating, double glazing, running water and electricity, that we become dependent on them, and cannot imagine life without them. It’s so easy to pop to the supermarket or dial for a take-away. We become dependent on these services and forget how to improvi..
Mental Attitude
It’s always easier dealing with a problem that you have already experienced, giving you the advantage of knowing what to do and what to expect. A lot of uncertainty is taken away and using previous knowledge, the problem is solved with the minimum of fuss. It is the same with a survival situation, the more knowledge and experience you have the more able you are to cope with a life threatening situation. Fear is a big factor that everyone dreads but it is a survival instinct that helps keep us safe. It makes us stop to think that what I am about to do, is dangerous. Without fear I would climb m..
The Weather
100% focused on educating people in survival skills through our training and resources, Here we share some useful information about weather prediction.  To be caught in bad weather could be fatal to survival, There is a time to go out or move on and a time to shelter. With the awareness of certain signs, short-term weather predictions can be made to help decide which to do. Before setting out on any activity, try to take note of the weather and any changes that are likely. Wildlife Indicators  Animals have a great sensitivity to atmospheric pressure which aids them in predicti..
Winter Driving
It’s that time of year when we can expect bad weather. Many drivers fear the conditions that they may have to face, but being prepared will give you the best chance of avoiding any mishaps. So as the temperature falls our skill levels should rise, and if we know what to expect, avoiding it if possible, or being able to deal with it will keep us safe. In the military we used to complete a ‘first parade’ check on the vehicle. This entailed approaching the vehicle from 45 degrees so that each wheel can be seen. You are looking for anything under or by the tyres or anything hanging down like th..
Winter Survival
With the weather due to change and temperatures falling, we asked Lofty to give us some cold weather survival tips. Keeping warm is a priority both indoors and outdoors and easily achieved by a little knowledge and an understanding of the body’s needs. The body can only work efficiently when a constant core temperature is maintained, this core temperature is 98.6F/37C. All the vital organs like the brain, heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys can only operate efficiently at this temperature and are affected by the slightest of temperature change, which can cause major problems. A drop in core te..
Winters Coming
With the night’s drawing in and temperatures falling, winter is announcing its arrival. This will soon be confirmed when the clocks go back. At least this year we had a touch of summer which helps to shorten the coming period of cold damp weather. Keeping warm is a priority both indoors and outdoors and easily achieved by a little knowledge and an understanding of the body’s needs. The body can only work efficiently when a constant core temperature is maintained, this core temperature is 98.6F/37C. All the vital organs like the brain, heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys can only operate effici..