Intro to Wilderness Survival


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Whether hunting, backpacking for weeks or simply driving across country, disaster can strike anyone at any time. This weekend long survival course is for anyone who plans on finding him or herself in the wilderness for any reason. You will learn basic wilderness living techniques as well as the essential skills and priorities of the first 48 hours of an emergency survival situation. All topics will be instructed through demonstration and hands on experience.

You won’t just learn how to survive in the wilderness, you will learn the basics of how to live and to thrive there. Take this chance to challenge yourself and learn the necessary skills to get out alive.

Note: this course is able to accommodate beginning levels of skill and fitness. If you or someone in your group is totally new to the outdoors this is a great place to start. This course also has much to offer to the seasoned outdoorsman.

Primary topics covered:

  • Survivor’s mindset and psychology
  • Equipment and survival kit item considerations
  • Use of the knife and axe
  • Signaling for rescue
  • Emergency shelter construction
  • Fire-starting techniques
  • Water procurement
  • Wild Edible, medicinal, and poisonous plants

What to Bring:

  • Knife (we recommend Mora #1, or any Mora companion knife)
  • Full length axe with minimum of 25 inch handle
  • Medium and fine grit sharpening stones
  • Approx. 12x10ft Tarp
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Steel canteen or water pot (1 liter minimum with NO plastic, will be used to cook over fire)
  • 50+ft of 550 cord or nylon string
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Pen and notepad
  • ChapStick
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Layered clothing (Rain shell, puffy jacket, long base layer)
  • Leather work gloves
  • Warm Sleeping bag (Recommended with bivy sac)
  • Being a survival course, will provide limited food. We encourage you to try fasting or foraging through the duration of the course, but you can bring whatever you like.
  • Backpack to put everything in


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