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Outdoor Pursuits: Zombies & bicycles


Outdoor Pursuits will be hosting two never-beforeplanned events this semester. The first event, which runs two days; will be free Zombie Apocalypse Training sessions on Oct. 28 and 29 from 5 p.m. to7 p.m. Students who choose to sign up have the option to participate for either day, or both if they’d like to. Both days will consist of different survival skills, but the Oct. 29 participants are not required to participate on Oct. 28.
“Everyone knows how to kill a zombie, but no one really knows how to survive a zombie apocalypse,” Grant Fleetwood, coordinator of Outdoor Pursuits, said.
The zombie apocalypse training sessions will include a wilderness aspect because, as Fleetwood said, zombies are found where people are. So in order to survive, people should be where zombies aren’t.
Each day will focus on a specific set of skills. The skills that will be touched upon will include shelter, food, water, all the basic survival skills. Fleetwood has not yet decided how he wants to divide teaching each skill between the two days. However, he said that participants will learn to build fires and find food in the wilderness. That includes bugs and plants, Fleetwood said.
Halloween costumes are also greatly encouraged because the zombie apocalypse training will be Halloween themed. Fleetwood said that he doesn’t want to give away too many details because there will definitely be surprises and many activities for the participants.
Ian Rogan, Outdoor Pursuits trip leader, will be helping plan the events, as well as helping teach the skills and supervising the learning.
“Grant assigned each of us some research to do for the zombie apocalypse training,” Rogan said. “He told us to watch zombie-based movies, which is, like backcountry, hard skills with limited supplies and learn what to do to survive a zombie apocalypse, no big deal. I’ve watched so many already!”
Alexis Evans, a freshman majoring in nursing, said she had no heard of this event.
“Is it real? I’d probably go if my friends were going. It sounds like there’s going to be a lot of choking [at the zombie apocalypse training sessions].”
Registration for the Zombie Apocalypse Training opens on Monday, Oct. 21. Students can sign up at the front desk of the waterfront building, as well as call 239- 590-1870 or email [email protected] to save their spot. Registration will close when both days have 30 participants registered.
The second trip Outdoor Pursuits is planning is a trip around Florida during Thanksgiving weekend, called the Tour de Florida. The trip will start on Wednesday and continue through Sunday, which is when they will return back to FGCU. The cost to sign up is $200. Registration is online.
The event was primarily designed for out-of-state students as well as international students, but other students are welcome to attend as well. Students who can not afford to go home for both Thanksgiving and winter break have this alternate option to spending money on two plane tickets.
The trip will tour many places in Florida, including Key Largo and the Everglades. The trip includes visiting springs in central Florida and getting surf lessons on the east coast. There will also be day hiking and car camping, Fleetwood said.
The cost of the trip includes everything; all the students will need are clothes and basic equipment for the week.
“We’ll be giving students a pack list,” Fleetwood said. “It’ll be things like a fork, a bowl, a coffee mug, and a water bottle, obviously. We will also be having a Thanksgiving dinner at camp!” Fleetwood said.

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