Local man teaches classes on mountain survival skills

Chuck Blethen of Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard offers classes on essential survival skills, which people can use in emergency situations or for regular mountain living. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

One man is offering folks the chance to learn how to survive in the mountains with limited equipment, food, and utensils.

Chuck Blethen of Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard offers classes on essential survival skills, which people can use in emergency situations or for regular mountain living.

"I have some skills I want to share with people and teach people how to do things that might be helpful -- keep it functional," Blethen explained.

Blethen offers several different courses at his Madison County vineyard, including cooking without utensils, rope-making, starting a fire with friction, and ax and knife throwing.

"The whole idea is you throw the knife and it goes half a turn. You let it slide down the back and flip the back as you throw it," Blethen said of throwing a knife. "The amount of flip determines the distance."

He hopes by teaching people these skills, it will connect them with a mountain-style way of living.

Plus, Blethen says you never know when these skills will come in handy or when you'll be in an emergency situation.

Visit Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard's website to learn more and sign up for Blethen's mountain living skills classes.

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