"This course puts everything in perspective, and I know I'll enjoy all my activities at a whole new level. Tom is knowledgeable, supportive and firm. Happen to meet some instructor trainees as well, I'd say their quality is also top notch. Knowledge is empowering, which makes these courses addicting. Looking forward to additional courses. Great experience and great value. I'm recommending this school to all my outdoor friends, hardcore or not."
-D. Kwon, Alumni, Facebook Review
Course Overview: A Test Of Will
Our field course is designed to give the student a taste of what a real world wilderness survival emergency can be like. The gear list is minimal; pocketknife/water bottle/pack, in order to reinforce the principles of improvisation, and to force the participant to learn to use what is around them. You will leave with no food or water, and will consume only what is found. The terrain can be extreme, with most of the hiking off trail. The hike will be anywhere from 2.5-5 miles each way. This course is about full immersion. The ability to endure harsh conditions and to "due without" and still perform is emphasized. Students will learn to overcome the unexpected.
*Day 1 is an introduction to the critical skills you will use.
*Days 2-3 are in the field and students will receive no outside food or water. No sleeping bags or gear allowed.
*Construct a survival shelter from scratch.
*Locate and treat water.
*Make a fire with sticks
*Improvised first aid
*Construct a primitive trap from scratch
*Learn to make cordage from wild materials (string/rope)
*Learn to signal rescuers in an emergency
$450 per person
15 Student Maximum, This Course Fills Fast
Upon registering you will receive a link to download all course info; gear list, start times, Addresses, etc.
Camp La Verne
41750 Jenks Lake rd west, Angelus Oaks, Ca
(less than 2 hours from Los Angeles, less then 2.5 from San Diego)
What To Bring:
*Stainless steel unlined water bottle (you will boil with this over a fire)
*Victorinox swiss knife that locks or leatherman multi-tool with a saw feature, or a full tang fixed blade
*Headlamp or flashlight
*Appropriate clothing for time of year which may include rain gear and gloves.
Always check the weather 72 hours in advance and dress appropriately. Our Videos page has a step by step guide dressing for cold weather and our gear page has recommendations for a full range of gear.
***THIS GEAR ONLY IS ALLOWED IN THE FIELD
*Bring sleeping gear and foodstuffs for day one