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How to Survive in the Wilderness with Marko Yurachek

Learn about NYC Outward Bound instructor Marko Yurachek, one of Howcast's wilderness survival skills experts, in this video.


Hi, my name is Marko. I've been doing this sort of thing for a long time. I went camping, and fishing, and hunting with my family when I was little and I did that until I was 13, and then I decided I don't need them anymore, I'll do it on my own. So I kind of set off with my buddy, around about 13. I went up to the mountains and got dropped off by my parents. They left me up there for a week and they came back. It was the most fun ever, and since then I've been hooked on it. I've been doing it ever since.

I live and work all over the world, kind of in the arctic in the summertime, temperate, or the US in the fall and spring and then I'll go tropical in the wintertime. So, I am kind of migratory, and that allows me to really explore and get to learn new things, which is really my passion and that's learning things and seeing things, and experiencing things for the first time that I haven't done before.

So I kind of seek out different environments, and different cultures, different places that have something to offer that I can learn something new from. And that's really my favorite thing to do, is to explore, and find out new things, and see new places. Along with that, I really like introducing people who haven't been in the outdoors, or people who have been in the outdoors and want to learn a little bit more, that's one of the things that is really nice about my job.

Another thing that is great about this job, is that everybody I have is having a good time. It's not like going to an office where everybody's grumpy, and not enjoying where they're at. If people come, and are in the outdoors, for the most part, they're always smiling, and that’s a great environment to work in. So I do classes for groups, individuals, schools, in wilderness skills, like we're looking at now, also in climbing and paddling. So if you guys would like to go out and experience this for real, have an adventure, learn wilderness skills, I'll be glad to take you out. You can contact me through my website or you can contact me through Outwardbound. My email address is

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