Dozens got a hands-on lesson in survivor skills

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PALMYRA, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- If you were lost in the woods with no sign of help, would you know how to survive? That's a question many people asked themselves and answered Saturday morning during a Primitive and Survival Skills workshop in Palmyra.

The quickest way to gain wilderness skills is to take a course from an experienced trainer.

The class taught people how to survive for weeks in the wild with no tools at all. It covered everything from making traps to the four basics shelter, water, fire and food.

Participants built a debris shelter, learned about primitive fire making with rocks and sticks and learned about cordage.

The group's trainer, Steve Pullinger, also discussed situations that may lead to needing this knowledge to survive.

"If you look back to some of the natural disasters, in the last ten years like Hurricane Sandy, the snow storms back in 2009," said Pullinger. "People were marooned in their cars for days on end or if you're camping and you loose all your supplies and you're a long ways from the road how would you survive?"

The free workshop was organized by the Rivanna Conservation Alliance, which was also collecting donations to complete the new Scheier Education Center.

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