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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, December 17, 1974 Admission of fear helps survival By SHARON AIRHART Belleville Intelligencer CAMPBELLFORD, Ont. (CP) Alone in the wilderness, a survivor of a plane crash dies of dehydration although fresh water is easily available. The victim simply forgot to drink enough water to stay alive. Berndt Berglund said the FROM ALL OF US AT Thank Patronage! looking forward serving you in I 2810 I 5th Ave. N. Lethbridge incredible irony occurs fre- quently in the bush, where loneliness builds fear into panic. "And once you-panic, you're as good as dead." Mr. Berglund has spent a lifetime teaching military men and pilots how to keep alive in the wilderness. Four years ago he founded National Wilderness Sur- vival Inc., a federally chartered non-profit organization. The school, an abandoned 230-acre farm, is located in the area of Campbellford, 22 miles northwest of Belleville. Its aim is simple. "We just want to try to teach the hunter and fish- erman and camper to take care of himself if he's lost while travelling in the bush." The "we" is not a modest editorial pronoun. A driving force behind the school and currently one of its six instructors is Clare Bolsby, Mr. Berglund's wife. Begin at home Its student body of more than begin their course with a 17-lecture home study program. Booklets written by Mr. Berglund with illustra- tions by outdoorsman Bev Sanders are mailed to stu- dents, who read them and answer 15 questions on each topic. Subjects include survival psychology, signals, Season's Greetings Visitors always welcome to visit our operations. I f 1 P.O. Box 537 Phone 403-653-4421 CARDSTON, ALBERTA TOK OKO shelters, traps and snares, hunting and fishing and edi- ble wild plants. Staff members correct the an- swers and guide students through the course. The second part of the course is five days of bush training on the school's rolling acreage, unfarmed for 50 years and containing most of the wild plants mentioned in the course as well as flowing water, bush and even a beaver dam. Twenty-five students and one instructor live for five days and nights in the bush as though they were lost, building shelters, seeking food and boiling water. Admit fear The final phase, the most dedicated students, is five days alone in the wilds north of North Bay. The only link with civilization is an electronic "beeper" which a student can use to summon aid if he is injured or breaks down from the loneliness. "Most people break down between the second and fourth Mr. Berglund said. "And that's just what we want. That's the only way to fight the fear: If they can admit it." Loneliness is the most dangerous enemy of even experienced outdoorsmen. "In the bush alone, the shadows become big wolves. It's tough to fight because it creeps up on you; you can't pinpoint it. "When someone pushes that beeper, we know they're all right. They still have sense enough to push that the battle is won." About 60 per cent of the current students are women and Mr. Berglund said he likes to have at least one woman in a group. "Women aren't afraid to ask he said. "They don't feel they'll look foolish. You get some guy who has been in the bush a lot and he thinks he ought to know something but he doesn't. "Women come out of the course with a great deal more information than men. There's no question of looking foolish when your life depends on the answer." SBL Simmental Breeders Cardston Ltd. I R. B. (Ron) Gibson General Manager Howard Traweek Ranch Manager I I I I Skid-steer Loader That "Puts It All Together" Wfien the Melroe Bobcat was matched m performance tests against thirteen other skid-steer loader makes, ne'e s what happened Bobcat led the Held, with clear superiority m rim pull, cycle time practical -'cad capacity safety ana mobility under full load Thai's the kind of performance you'd expect from Ameri- cas number one skid-steer loader, but it's just pan of the Bobcat story Bobcat is famous for multi-job versatility One Bobcat, one operator and a group of special-job attachments can replace several costly, one-job macnines'and their operators The patented which allows the Bobcat operator io change attachments m less than a minute, is stiil the fastest, most effective quick-attach system around Put a Bobcat to Ihe test Call .us for a iree demonstra- tion today While we're on your jobsite. we'll explain new, flexible financing that makes it easier than ever to Own a Bobcat America's number one skid-steer loader rC J RENTALS 1410-2nd Ave. South Phone 327-2922 ;