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SUU’s EDGE Program helped me learn survival skills
by Breanna Whittaker, Cedar City
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Breanna Whittaker, of Cedar City, looks for edible berries in the Southern Utah wilderness.
Photo courtesy of Breanna Whittaker
Breanna Whittaker, of Cedar City, looks for edible berries in the Southern Utah wilderness. Photo courtesy of Breanna Whittaker
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I am a great adventurer and I decided I wanted to learn more about edible wildlife in Southern Utah. During the summer of 2015 I traveled to my backyard, Cedar Mountain and Pine Valley Mountain with my husband, Tayson Whittaker, and survival guide brother-in-law Tyler Whittaker.

I grew up loving the outdoors and recently married someone who also loves hiking, camping and hunting. I spent so much time on the mountain, a lot of it wondering where my next meal would come from. This led me to think, “what if I did get lost or stuck in the wilderness? Would I have the means necessary to survive?”

I decided to learn different survival skills including being able to identify different edible plants and medicinal plants in Southern Utah. I made plans with my husband and survival guide and we set forth on a few trips into the surrounding mountains.

On Cedar Mountain I was able to identify edible berries, dandelions, mushrooms, and comfrey. And on Pine Valley Mountain I was able to find wild onions, spearmint and much, much more. There were countless edible plants in my own backyard like dandelions, sunflowers, raspberry plants, yarrow, and more medicinal comfrey. I acquired other skills like hunting and fire building, CPR and first aid. I feel rather confident now every time I enter into the dark woods of Southern Utah. I believe I will be able to survive a little bit longer that I would have before.

This event was brought to us by the Southern Utah University EDGE Program, a program provided by SUU to help its students engage in many different opportunities around the community and the world.

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