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Wilderness Survival and Safety

Everyone can agree spending time outdoors can be a relaxing and rewarding experience.  Some of our fondest memories are hiking with loved ones or enjoying a good campout with friends.  However, what happens when the unexpected occurs.  Inclement weather, injuries, or poor judgement could leave you stranded in the woods.  What do you do when rescue isn't nearby?  Do you wait for help or do you help yourself?


The Wilderness Survival and Safety course teaches the basic fundamentals to flourish in a desperate situation.  This course is a weekend event educating you on the essential components you need to overcome a crisis.  This class simulates a 72 hour emergency situation.


In this course you will learn basic kit construction, tool safety, fire education, essential first-aid, water collection techniques, food procurement, plant identification, foraging, navigation and shelter construction.


You will not remain sedentary.  This course encompasses classwork with hands-on field application.  You can expect to hike up to 5 miles with gear.  We will spend the first night teaching you the skills you need in a class setting.  The rest of the weekend will be an immersive adventure with a series of survival skill trials followed by a testing period.  Some people may give up.  But we encourage you to press on, as we will work with you and encourage your success.  Learning can be fun and necessary, but it’s not always easy.


After purchasing the class, a registration pack will be emailed to you with class info.


Things you need to know:


Please bring any medication you may need and inform us of medical conditions.


You will be hiking throughout the day on uneven, sometimes steep, terrain


Class will continue in all weather conditions (unless we deem the environment unsafe for students).


You will be sleeping in nature without the comforts of a tent or ground pad.


Once in the field, we will be using primitive toileting techniques.  Bring TP.


Once we leave basecamp, participants will not be allowed to remain without an instructor.


When you enroll, we expect your full participation and cooperation.  If you chose to tap out, refunds will not be given.  Also, if you do not follow safety guidelines or demonstrate poor conduct with other students, you will be asked to leave without a refund.  We expect everyone to be respectful of one another.


Age Requirements:


All minors must be accompanied by an adult.


This class is intended for children ages 12 and up.


All minors must have a signed waiver by a parent or legal guardian.


If you are interested in classes for younger children, contact us about our Junior Pioneer program.


* Once you purchase a course, all sales are final.  We schedule locations based on class size.  If you cannot attend, we will try to accommodate a rescheduling during a different class.

Wilderness Survival and Safety

  • Small Backpack Containing the Following Items:

    1. Min. 32 oz Stainless Steel Bottle or Canteen (wide mouth preferred)
    2. Knife: 5-6 in blade. Full Tang with 90 degree spine.
    3. Folding hand saw- for cutting wood
    4. 5x7 mylar space blanket tarp with grommets
    5. 2- mylar thermal blankets (The tiny ones that fit in your pocket)
    6. 5- 55 gallon drum liners. (The thicker the better for you)
    7. 1- Bic lighter
    8. ½” x 6” Ferrocerium Rod (Smaller ones will work but we recommend the larger size for your
    9. 25 ft 550 paracord
    10. 100 ft #36 Tarred Bankline
    11. Headlamp with spare batteries
    12. 100% cotton bandanna or tee shirt (This will get destroyed)
    13. Large roll of Gorilla Tape
    14. Canvass Needle #14
    15. Non-Lensatic Compass with magnifying glass, bezel ring and sighting mirror (ex. Suunto MC-2)
    16. Multitool with pliers
    17. Notebook and pen/pencil (remember this could get wet- all weather works best)
    18. Clothes appropriate for the weather. We discourage cotton clothing! Wool and poly blends
    work best.
    19. Hygene Items and toilet paper (You will be in a remote location one night with no toilets)
    20. First Aid items (bug spray, etc) and personal medications
    21. Food, snacks and electrolyte drink mixes
    22. Tent and sleeping bag

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