"You safely and successfully trained personnel with various experience and operational backgrounds while far off trail and with only natural resources. Your attention to detail and proficiency allowed for all of the students to successfully complete the course"
-Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, 2013
Course Overview: The Ultimate Survival Course
Our annual Alaska Field field training courses will follow the same minimalist theme as our renowned courses in California. At times students will only carry a knife, a water bottle, and a 3' length of cordage.
There is no course like this available today. We are the nation's only year round/all-weather field school, and only Alaska field course. This is not "survival camp". It is extremely challenging and some students WILL quit. Expect to suffer. Challenge yourself in a real and fundamental way. Train to survive.
The purpose of these courses is to train the student to be able to survive a wide array of outdoor emergencies, and allow them to test their skills while being fully immersed in a rugged/austere outdoor environment. There will be suffering, it will challenge every bit of you both physically and mentally, but suffering is not the point of the course- it is a feature. Some students will quit, but it is what is going on inside their brain- not their body- that causes them to do so. Training will be diverse and intensive. Successful students will walk away with a greater sense of outdoor & emergency competence, and awareness of human perseverance. This kind of training is not for everyone.
Students will receive one day of introductory training at a wilderness base camp, and then spend the remaining nights in the Alaskan forest.
At least 5 days there will be no outside food or water, no blankets or man made shelter materials- students will sleep by a reflective fire made with sticks for warmth and live off of the land.
Once in the field students will reside in primitive shelters or under the stars for the duration of the course.Travel will be anywhere from 10 miles a day to isolation at camp.
There may be an isolation phase.
Cover the survival essentials; gathering wild foods, water purification, fire making, emergency shelter production, medicine/first-aid needs, and emergency signaling- all in the field.
Attempt to catch and process fish.
As these courses are intended to develop outdoor competence, students will train in wilderness first aid and receive a certificate.
Basic map & compass training.
The rest of the course curriculum will be discovered out on the ground. Learn to be ready for the unexpected.
The final course day is recovery day.
$1800 Per person
July 22 - July 29
What to bring:
Victorinox Swiss Knife with a saw feature and it should be a locking model or a leatherman multi-tool with a saw feature, an unlined food grade stainless steel water bottle ("Kleen Kanteen" brand bottles work great), a day pack, warm thermals, rain suit, sleeping bag and ground pad for the first two nights at base camp. Two pairs of socks allowed, as well as a beanie and work gloves.
Nearest international airport: Anchorage, Alaska. We offer free pick up and drop off from Anchorage to the training location.
Options for travel from Anchorage to Talkeetna include: the historic train (a great option to see Alaska), rental car, private plane shuttle.
Our Safety Precautions
*Full wilderness first aid and trauma kits
*An all weather gps emergency locator beacon
*Students are fully briefed on dangerous wildlife encounters (grizzly bears, black bears, and moose)
*Students are given small air horns to scare wildlife, and a whistle to signal others with