This is a hands-on immersion course into an array of wilderness survival, food procurement, animal tracking, land navigation, and more. Each day runs from 9 am to 5 pm. The course is held at the Fort Tuthill Recreation Area about four miles south of Flagstaff. Participants need to obtain their own lodging or campsite in the area.
Day 1 Wilderness Survival
This session breaks down how to be more prepared for backcountry excursions and how to handle an unexpected night out in the wilds. Topics covered include: lostproofing methods, survival kits for the pack and vehicle, signaling for rescue, water location and purification methods, improvised and natural shelters, firemaking methods for inclement weather, hypothermia and heat-related injuries, wilderness first-aid kits, and roadside survival concerns.
Day 2 Edible Plants, Food Procurement, and Animal Tracking
Learn what’s really involved with living off the land and how to feed yourself with a variety of primitive and modern tools. We will delve into the top 5 edible plants in North America, deadfalls, food preservation tips, basic animal track & sign interpretation, and an overview of survival implements for hunting. This class is held in accordance with Arizona State Game and Fish Laws. All traps shown will be for demonstration purposes only and no animals will be trapped during the course.
Day 3 Map & Compass/GPS
Learn the basics of orienteering with a map and compass while boosting your confidence in traveling off the beaten path. We will cover compass use, declination, topographic map reading, pacing, walking a straight line, following a bearing, how to select and use a GPS unit, and barehanded navigation using celestial aids. This course is entirely field-based and involves plenty of hands-on practice and a short, cross-country navigation exercises to make the skills come alive.
Dates: June 8-10, 2018 (3 Days)
Cost: $150 for one day OR $400 for all three days.
Students may enroll for – ALL THREE DAYS OF TRAINING FOR $400. Each individual training day is priced at $150. Students may enroll for any combination of days.
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona.
The course is held at the Fort Tuthill Recreation Area about four miles south of Flagstaff. Participants need to obtain their own lodging or campsite in the area.
$150 per day or $400 for all three days
All Three Days:
Wilderness Survival, June 9, Day 1 Only
Wild Foods, June 10, Day 2 Only
Land Navigation, June 11, Day 3 Only