Hunting. Healing. Hiding.

These are just a few of the survival skills that take center stage in the best-selling novel ‘The Hunger Games.’ The Washington Post Express asked Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School instructor Reggie Bennett to weigh in on the importance of evasion — keeping out of sight when your enemies are tracking you down.

From the article:

In the book, Katniss’ mentor advises her to run from the “Cornucopia” because heading toward the cache of supplies will make her an easier target. That’s sage advice, says Reggie Bennett, a former U.S. Air Force survival instructor. “We call it, ‘Get off the X.’ The more distance you can put between you and the enemy, the better,” he says.

‘The Hunger Games’ may be fiction, but the importance of good survival skills is very real.

And because you never know when you’ll find yourself in a matter of life and death, you need to have that knowledge with you at all times.

Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School offers a variety of courses to teach evasion, shelter-building, fire craft and other abilities necessary to make it in the wild.

Find out more about our courses here.