Travel writer Sandi Bird has been learning the skills necessary to survive in the wilderness at Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School.

Her four-part series chronicles her adventures.

“If you are entering the wilderness on a ‘Go Lite’ philosophy, you’re being selfish.” The instructor’s statement took me off guard. But his next statement hit too close to home with me. “What if you run into someone hurt, lost, or something?”

Check out Part 2 and Part 3!