For days filled with lectures, these were easily the best I’d ever experienced. Peter Kummerfeldt started us off, teaching us how to use metal matches and vaseline-infused cotton balls to start fires. He told us amazing stories about women using his advice to save their own lives on top of mountains in blizzarding conditions using a compass. He told us about when he was training people how to survive on an island in the middle of the ocean, and almost dying himself in insane ocean currents than kept dragging him underwater, and digging deep to find the will the survive. “There are no atheists in survival situations,” was the conclusion he came to after that, and through his experiences talking to others. He pushed us to ask ourselves whether or not we have a strong will to survive, and where that might come from. His definition of survival was: “The ability and the desire to keep oneself alive, all alone, under adverse conditions, until rescued.” It was amazing how much he had experiences, and how much he had dedicated himself to teaching survival skills throughout his life, for the navy, and for people like us. That the organizers of this rotation got him to come and speak with us for two days was incredibly heartening for how much I could potentially learn, and how credible the things I would learn would be.