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Prepping For Zombies To Gain Real-World Survival Skills

March 14, 2012 by  

Prepping For Zombies To Gain Real-World Survival Skills

For preppers looking for a way to combine fun and survival preparedness training, Trackers Earth, a Portland, Ore.-based organization, offers a Zombie First Responder course that plays on the popularity of zombie films and television shows in recent years to encourage survival preparedness.

Over the course of two days, participants train for everything from wilderness and urban survival, Nerf or nerd weaponry, stealth and evasion and proper zombie “disposal.” The course places heavy emphasis on quick decision making in dangerous situations.

The organization says of the program:

The Trackers Rangers Guild teaches their own special brand of survival skills applicable in both an urban and wilderness setting. They tell you how to get out of town and into the woods as you strive to exodus major population centers.

Plus, they cover The Curriculum of Shadows, akin to a martial art, this unique philosophy uses shadows, silence, stealth and invisibility to help you guide your band of lone survivors through an earth populated by 6 billion creatures ravenous for your squishy brains.

While the course is centered on a fun fantasy scenario, some valuable survival skills that are more practical than zombie disposal are also addressed. Participants learn how to: build a fire with no matches, make and use primitive weaponry, build a wilderness shelter from available materials, bug out methods, foraging skills, campfire cooking and more.

The organization also offers various non-zombie related survival training courses including a one-year “full immersion” survival-training program. More information is available on the Trackers Earth website.

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  • FreedomFighter

    The ability to make a bow, thow an axe, knives and use a sling could save your life.

    A little practice with a saber or katana sword would not hurt.

    The ability to make a fire without modern tool – lifesaver.

    Learn to make a Gilly suite. Learn to hide from heat sensing devices.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • 45caliber


      I’ve found that the Society of Creative Anachronisms (SCA) is very handy for sword/axe training. It is also fun. And since armor is necessary (have you ever been hit by someone who is trying to hit hard enough to kill with a real weapon? Can you say “instant bruises”?) you tend to have some decent armor after learning the skills. In fact there are only two weapons they do not teach you to use – the quarter staff and the morning star (ball and chain). Those are two dangerous. They also teach many of the original skills such as making thread and weaving, blacksmithing, etc. since their desire is to recreate the Middle Ages. All larger towns have a chapter of this group and you can also find it on internet ( It is family oriented and has things for most members of the family to do at any event.

      • FreedomFighter

        Nope never did those things, think Im a bit old now for the bruises but it does sound fun

        I have found the sling can be a leathal weapon, pretty amazing for a piece of heavy string and a leather patch.

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

  • dan

    …we used to call this a Boy Scout camping trip. :)

    Don’t forget your dead-falls and snares.

  • Thor

    The term ‘zombie’ has become shibboleth for what some expect non-survivalist, hungry neighbors to become. Those who have not planned well should stop laughing and start taking prepping, planning and ‘zombie strategery’ seriously–else they may find themselves ambling around aimlessly, waiting on government to supply them with human flesh. This brings to mind a nice metaphor: the socialist survival plan is capital cannibalism.

  • 45caliber

    Well, if any of the presently popular zombie movies and books should happen to come true, I’m certain that this training will prepare the persons who attend. I’ve found that a good backhoe is very valuable for zombie disposal – you can dig a deep hole in the back 40 and easily hide the body. Further, it can result in good fertilizer if you are presently using the back 40 for crops. It will also work in flower beds but requires a lot more physical work since the hole must be dug by hand. A backhoe tends to ruin the flowers and prevent replanting.

    Other than that, though, this sounds as if it could be valuable training for other scenarios as well.

    • Craig

      Hip bones and rib cages tead to get caught in the tiller when you till the garden the next year. Make sure they’re deep enough.

  • Chris

    i wish they would do something like that in GA. been in the army 8 years. I know hand to hand combat from boot and went to a few advance classes to for the army. weapons training from them. but could always use more more of both. the learning how to make Bows and arrows and other weapons from time long since gone would be nice.

    • FreedomFighter

      Some great vids on YouTube to get you started.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi


  • JimH

    Games have been used to devlop combat skills for cenuries. The Olympics include boxing, wrestleing, fencing, running , jumping, javlin(spear) and horseback events. All can be incorperated into military skills throughout the centuries.
    Why not zombie training? Have fun.


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