In a survival situation, you don’t always have the luxury of hunkering down and enjoying the oneness of the wilderness in a base camp. In fact, typically people will be on the move, either looking to rescue themselves because they are lost, or retreating further into the wilderness to get away from it all. Our survival hiking course will take you through an evacuation scenario, while trying to remain unseen from other hikers and adventurers. Bright clothing and gear is discouraged during survival hiking, though not enforced. Large campfires will not be used.
In our survival hiking course, we will go over what basic equipment you should carry with you on a survival expedition. We will discuss basic fire starting, water purification, shelter building techniques, and basic wilderness first aid.
We will start promptly so please arrive by 10:00 am. The first day we will start out by going over your gear, covering basic survival techniques, and going on a short hike to make sure you are comfortable. Once everybody is ready, we will pack up and head out to an undetermined location and set up camp. There may be some drive time on day one, depending on our hiking destination.
The second day of survival hiking, we will hike to our next location and set up camp. Along the way we will discuss wild edibles, primitive navigation, primitive hunting methods, and other survival tips.
Day 3 will be hiking back out, and returning to our base camp.
Pack Weight: If you are not an experienced hiker, your backpack and gear should not be more than 25% of your body weight. Please check your gear weight before arriving. Also, keep in mind that we will be operating at an elevation of around 10,000 feet above sea level. If you are not used to this altitude, you will move slower and get tired quicker.
Food and Water: You must pack your own food, water and cooking utensils. A Jetboil, BioLite, or similar lightweight cooking stove is recommended, but not required. A quality water filter is a must, as we will be on the move and not at a base camp where you can easily fill your water bottle. We have WISE FOOD and/or Survival Cave Food meals that you may purchase if you notify us in advance; otherwise we recommend quick field expedient meals such as MRE’s. If you don’t want to bring survival food, a triple stack peanut butter and honey sandwich is a common food of the Colorado hiker. Go for high calorie peanut butter, and high grain breads.
Length: 4 days/3 nights
Minimum Recommended Equipment: We will not provide you with any gear in the survival hiking course. We will be camping overnight away from our base camp, so please come prepared. Fixed blade knife (preferably a mora style or other bushcraft knife) first aid kit, outdoor clothing, comfortable hiking boots, folding saw, paracord, overnight camping gear, sleeping bag and shelter (tent, hammock, tarp, etc…), backpack. Colorado’s weather is unpredictable, and can snow even in summer. Pack accordingly. Check Recommended Items List for more details!
Firearms: We are firearm friendly. We encourage you to bring firearms just like you would with your EDC or Bug Out Bag. Please be advised, unsafe use or poor firearm safety will not be tolerated and may be subject to immediate expulsion for the class without a refund.
Instructor: Jason Marsteiner
Overnight Camping: You're welcome to spend the night before and night after the course at our camp!
Airport and Bus Stops: If you are arriving by bus or plane, we can pick you up. Contact us to make arrangements.