Sandi Bird, the Roanoke Adventure Travel Examiner, is kicking off off a four-part series about Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School.

“You never know when YOU might be a victim of a situation that requires you to have the level-headedness and skills to survive until help can get to you,” Bird writes.

In August 2008, National Geographic Adventure placed Mountain Shepherd at No. 1 in its list of Top Survival Schools.

Check out the introduction to Bird’s series here