Wildness has always intrigued me. I love learning about and practicing some of the skills that humans have used to survive for hundreds of thousands (or millions) of years. I love trying to connect with what it means to be a wild human animal. Which is one of the reasons I am so excited about participating in the first Hunter Gatherer Survival Run in Texas on October 5th, 2013. This race is a 100 kilometer(or 50k option) primitive skills themed survival run. It is, as far as I know, the first race of it's kind. It mixes the worlds of ultra running, obstacle racing, natural movement, survival training, and primitive skills. As an ultra runner and primitive skills enthusiast this event calls to me strongly. To say that it is going to be challenging is a gross understatement. I have no expectations other than to train hard, give it 100%, and to have no regrets.
I made this video to show some of my training for the event. I am still learning cinematography and I love making videos so this was a good excuse to practice that too. The video stars Tom Norwood, his son Cayden Norwood, and myself. Filming was done by Tom, Brooke Graham, and myself, all on a Canon Rebel T3i. And edited in Final Cut Pro X.
I am also some form of musician and trying to learn electronic music production (I know, its a pretty random assortment of hobbies). The song in this video is my second electronically produced song and I still haven't named it or my music project. Too busy making sandals, climbing trees, and running in the mountains... someday.
Be sure to check out The Hunter Gatherer Survival Run website: http://fuegoyagua.org/survival-hunter-gatherer/ and http://www.lunasandals.com. For some of our training inspiration visit http://www.MovNat.com. Also here is a link to my blog http://www.dreamingwild.com.
Josue took me and Tom to one of his favorite training spots in Austin, TX. His training method is an awesome blend of natural movement; wilderness parkour, running, bouldering, climbing, and strength/endurance training with natural objects. You can call it whatever you want but there is no doubt that it is one of the funnest workouts I can imagine. Thanks for sharing Josue!
I decided at the last minute to try to film some of this. I wasn't really prepared and we didn't have much time so I didn't get the kind of quality filming I would have liked to, but this is what I got. Enjoy!
Josue Stephens is the race director of the Fuego y Agua Ultramarathon and Survival Run in Nicaragua. As well as the co-director of the Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon in the Copper Canyons of Mexico. For more info on those races check out: http://www.fuegoyagua.org and http://www.ultracb.com.
Everyone in the video is wearing Luna Sandals (or barefoot). Check out http://www.lunasandals.com.