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I did a survival internship in the middle of nature

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To light a fire, to sleep under the stars, to fish, it is a dream of child. Our journalist realized it. In the skin of Davy Crockett, she left with the minimum vital forest, bordering the Charente.

Laurence Lemoine

"Just take a duvet, two blankets, a water bottle and a lighter, and we'll meet you in Angoulême." I had heard about Theo from a friend who had spent a few days in the forest with him. His pictures had made me want to return to the simple life, where all it's all about is dealing with natural resources to eat, drink, sleep in an idyllic setting, trees, river and wildlife. By consulting Theo's blog, I learn two or three things about him. A childhood in the Charente to build cabins, fish and sleep under the stars. A reporter-photographer journey that leads him to the war zones where he and the local people experience that we can survive with little knowledge of the gestures that allow us to take shelter. heat, eat. "We are not going to try to put ourselves in extreme situations, like Bear Grylls in Man versus Wild [the presenter, a British adventurer, is demonstrating survival techniques in hostile environment, "he explains to me by telephone, rather to find as much comfort as possible with the means on board."

Autonomy and know-how forgotten

At the end of survival, Theo prefers the one autonomy. What interests him is to teach forgotten skills. Those who, for millennia, have allowed humanity to escape. And above all, to offer a moment of reflection on our way of living, our dependence on the fragile means of the modern world, our place in nature. For my part, I want to experience simple joys to share this summer with my children: to make a fire, a bivouac, a grilled fish. Rendez-vous is taken on a morning in May, on the edge of Charente. We leave for two days and a night in the forest.

Bignac, north of Angoulême. Here, the river divides into many meanders that draw the site of the Hundred Two Islands. The wave is green, peaceful, vegetation, lush.

With water

We load our bags in canoes. For a moment, I'm Davy Crockett. Only a moment, because, just a foot down, my boat capsized and here I am in the water. I'm soaked. No extra clothes and two days to go. Immersion in nature: it's done! I am in the thick of things: how can I improve my situation now? We decide to paddle as long as it's nice, the effort should warm me, and the sun, dry me.

The ride is enchanting. The water sparkles. Here, a nutria comes out of its burrow, looking for branches. A heron flies away. Time is running away from the fury of the world. First stop: Theo introduces me to his knife (the Resilient, more information on his blog), the only essential tool for his escapades in nature, the one that makes everything else possible. Thanks to him, he can cut wood, clear a piece of land for the camp, cut up a pike ... He gives me some recommendations: "The blade must be in one piece.A folding knife is too fragile, the risk mechanism A bright colored handle makes it easier for you to find it on the floor, always use the blade to the outside and always put it in its case, so you do not get hurt. "

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