"You've got the gear; now get the skills." This class is designed for the individual looking to gain a solid foundation of knowledge before venturing into the backcountry or taking any of our advanced class. At our Colorado survival school, we focus on basic outdoor and modern survival skills necessary to enjoy a wilderness adventure with confidence.
This class is heavy on both discussion and practical skills culminating in a field exercise final exam.
Our first day consists of a lecture on wilderness risk assessment and management, avoiding emergency situations, carrying the right gear and understanding the priorities of survival. Next we'll teach some common and practical knots that we'll be using extensively in the next few days. Lastly we'll discuss the selection, care and sharpening of our most useful tool, our knife! A few basic knife craft projects will be demonstrated and you'll start some projects that you can work on your down time.
The next two days will consist of hands on instruction and you'll be able to experiment with your outdoor gear and see what works best and what fails miserably in a safe and controlled environment. We believe that exposure and practical use of your modern tools is the best way to determine which components work best for you. We will use the Rule of 3's and the Methods of Heat Loss to formulate a survival plan; using a light weight kit to maintain our core body temperature.
The importance of a Positive Mental Attitude will be highlighted and students will discuss some things they do in the backcountry to maintain their morale. Using our knowledge of survival priorities and our understanding of how our bodies lose heat we contrast a practical, efficient survival fire with the modern-day camping fire ring. More details of what will be included in the course in on our website.
This class is appropriate for all skills levels and even the most seasoned outdoorsman will likely learn some tips and tricks.
Completion of this class gives you a huge confidence boost.
Minimum Recommended Equipment:
- Overnight camping gear to include shelter and sleeping bag.
- Fixed Blade Full Tang Knife
- Folding Saw
- Food (Plenty of time will be given to prepare meals on site)
- Outdoor clothing and wet weather gear
- Insect Repellent
Check our recommended items list for more details! Water will be provided but you will need to provide your own food of your choice. We recommend quick field expedient meals such as freeze dried meals or MRE's. They can quickly be made at our primitive camps and won't slow down the learning process. You can also purchase food locally once you get here. Grocery Stores and several local eateries are within a reasonable driving distance. The length of this course is 3 days and two nights.
The instructor for this course is Jason Marsteiner.