Randall’s Adventure & Training (RAT) has led countless expeditions and training courses across the United States. From military and law enforcement specialty teams to film crews supporting reality TV shows, RAT has trained the best of them. However, it all started in the Amazon jungles of Peru in 1997—the largest rain forest in the world—leading extended trips full of mystery and adventure.
RAT has since evolved into one of the top outdoor training schools in the United States. Its team is always testing new gear and techniques for the extremes of modern-day adventure. Randall's Adventure and Training and ESEE Knives are owned by Jeff Randall and Mike Perrin under the parent corporation TransEquatorial Solutions, Inc.
RAT classes focus on wilderness survival, land navigation, bushcraft, firearms, wilderness first aid, tracking, recreational ropework and lightweight technical rescue, because these disciplines are their specialties.
The RAT website is easy to navigate. The training page clearly displays upcoming and future classes in chronological order, listing dates and prices. Selecting a class will give you one or more photos and often a video to help get a feel for the class. The date and price are at the top, and some classes have a dropdown feature listing future class dates, especially for regularly occurring classes.
Under the description, there will be release forms needed (if any) and a location with links. Following that will be a brief class description, gear list and contact information, with an email link to contact Patrick Rollins. Some classes offer a free class knife and certificate of completion. While most classes offer a certificate, not all offer a knife (but that information is under each class listing). Every class listing has a link for frequently asked questions (FAQs)—which everyone should read.
All the RAT classes have something to offer, but two are standout classes in my opinion: Field Survival (which can be compared to the Jungle Survival class) and Advanced Bushcraft.
For years, I’ve heard owners Mike Perrin and Jeff Randall say they should advertise their jungle survival class as a sleep deprivation and weight loss program. I think they finally have one in the form of Field Survival (stateside).
Every Field Survival class is a little different, and every good survival program gets tweaked until it’s appropriate. Naturally, things evolve, and new ideas are tried out; older ones are removed. I’ve been on hand, assisting in about four of these classes, and this is a tough one— not only for students, but for everyone involved.
The three-day Field Survival class is designed to simulate a 72-hour survival scenario. Students experience hunger, sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements and the general discomfort usually associated with a survival scenario. Over the three days, they learn the basic survival and navigational skills needed to self-rescue or survive until rescue arrives. They must also learn to work together as a group to overcome mental and physical challenges—sometimes, even injuries.
The students all get issued an egg to take care of and guard during the first part of the class. If that egg gets broken, they have to pay for it with some creative lesson.
PowerPoint and navigation training are done in a classroom setting. Without any snack break, the students have to muscle through to the next activities. A navigation course is next, getting a feel for maps and compasses before heading over to the shelter, knife and fire skills camp that’s loosely called “Bum Camp.”
Remember: The basics always come back to us. Therefore, the basics are the most important part of skills associated with survival.
LEARN FROM THESE IN-DEPTH RAT COURSES
Randall's Adventure & Training Classes include—
• Introduction to Survival
• Introduction to Tracking
• Single Rope Technique
• Search & Rescue Tracking
• Advanced Bushcraft
• Defensive Pistol, Level 1
• Field Survival
• Land Navigation
• Parent/Child Survival
• Lightweight Rescue
• Desert Skills
• Wilderness First Responders
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