The 33rd Mountain Battalion took Team nine to the countryside and showed us a variety of survival techniques. These survival techniques included how to: create a water filter, fish, build different types of fires, build shelters, and how to build traps–all out of natural materials that we could find around us.
This picture displays the build different types of fires we learned to build and under what conditions would we use each type of fire-building technique.
The particular fire shown above is made from large cuts in a tree stump. There are cuts along the bottom that intersect with the large cut that descends from the top towards the middle of the stump. When the holes in the side of the stump are covered, the fire is stronger at the top and can be used to cook food. When the holes on the sides are clear and the slots along the top are covered, the fire is weaker and is safe to dry clothing with.
We were then shown a variety of traps that we could make out of the resources surrounding us.
As cadets, we were all excited to learn these new survival techniques and had a fun time communicating with the Romanian soldiers—both helping them build their English while we learned valuable skills.