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Middle school girls learn survival skills, confidence at camp

July 21st, 2016

Posted on The Roanoke Times: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 4:45 pm By Kylee Sapp kylee.sapp@roanoke.com 981-3435 During their last hike of the week, four middle school girls showed off their survival skills when they came across a small “crashed” plane and one of their “injured” counselors. The girls were told their plane had crashed in

Meet the GEMS creators

July 19th, 2016

Dina Bennett Interests: Hiking Learning Teaching Traveling Creating new experiences Quilting (aka mastering the art of imperfection) Dogs – All but most important to my heart are Holly, Scout, Levi and Riley Music Slacklining/Unicycling – brand new and somewhat scary   Why Create GEMS? GEMS is a 10 year dream in the making!  My first

Situational Awareness – Be vigilant to Survive

December 2nd, 2015

The madness continues. Reports of horrfic acts of violent terrorism, on foreign soil and in our back yards, clog our airwaves and news feeds. This constant bombardment of fear based news achieves its goal, it sparks fear. Some cancel or postpone trips. Others avoid large crowds. Yet, some turn a blind eye.  Don’t let fear keep you behind

Worth the cost of the course!

June 16th, 2015

Reggie, About two years ago my fiancee and I took the survival 101 course. The course was great we both learned a lot. I thought it was worth the cost of the course just to learn how to build a fire. That was until this weekend. My 11-year-old future stepson, 16-year-old nephew and myself were

Cast a vote to emPOWER women!

June 10th, 2015

Mountain Shepherd Survival School is applying for a grant to provided a unique and personal interactive learning experience for high school junior/senior girls to reflect on their leadership style, educational life and personal lives. By learning the Seven Priorities of Survival and the technical skills necessary to utilize them students will identify parallels existing between

Thank you for visiting!

April 20th, 2015

Thank you for visiting Mountain Shepherd Survival School’s website! We know you have options and we appreciate the time you are investing to learn about our school. As you research check credentials and background when evaluating survival schools and their instructors.  Just because someone was in the military or grew up in the woods, does not make them a survival instructor. 

Mountain Shepherd students are Top Notch!

April 20th, 2015

Best selling author Michael Koryta attended a Humble Thunder course a couple years back.  Read about what he learned about survival in his latest thriller “Those Who Wish Me Dead”. Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey enjoyed the book so much he interviewed Reggie Bennett for his column. Read the interview here!

Travel Safe Training course featured on Examiner.com

October 17th, 2012

Every adventure traveler knows that there’s a chance for danger when they take a trip. But not everyone knows what they should do if they suddenly find themselves in peril.

Mountain Shepherd partners with Rocky S2V

September 19th, 2012

Everyone at Mountain Shepherd is really excited about our new partnership with Rocky S2V.

Survival training isn’t just for the woods

September 5th, 2012

One of the biggest misconceptions about wilderness survival training is that it only applies to the woods. But it can come in handy anywhere

Mountain Shepherd student applies evasion training to real-life situation

August 6th, 2012

Survival training isn’t only for the woods. Just ask Nancy Gessner, who woke up one recent morning to find someone trying to break in to her home.

Reggie talks low-tech, high-tech survival with ‘The Future is Now’

June 1st, 2012

Mountain Shepherd’s own Reggie Bennett is featured in a new episode of “The Future is Now” by Yahoo! News. “So, what if the future really was now, and the zombies and vampires attacked, or the aliens invaded, or worse yet Mountain Shepherd’s own Reggie Bennett is featured in a new episode of “The Future is

New Mountain Shepherd partnership to benefit overseas travelers

June 1st, 2012

Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School is proud to announce a new series of travel safety programs aimed at overseas travelers. It’s a joint endeavor between Mountain Shepherd and ICE PACK® Emergency Preparedness Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School is proud to announce a new series of travel safety programs aimed at overseas travelers. It’s a joint

10 Questions with Dina Bennett

June 1st, 2012

Dina Bennett is the Vice President and Instructor for Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School in Catawba, Virginia. After more than two decades in the corporate world training and coaching sales staffs, her life Dina Bennett is the Vice President and Instructor for Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School in Catawba, Virginia. After more than two decades

Mountain Shepherd Survival Kit available now

May 23rd, 2012

The Mountain Shepherd Survival Kit combines the essentials you need for any crisis in an all-in-one portable package.

10 Questions with Dina Bennett

May 9th, 2012

Dina Bennett is the Vice President and Instructor for Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School in Catawba, Virginia. After more than two decades in the corporate world training and coaching sales staffs, her life changed in 2006 when she attended her first survival course with now-husband Reggie Bennett, which pulled her out of her comfort zone

New Mountain Shepherd partnership to benefit overseas travelers

May 3rd, 2012

Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School is proud to announce a new series of travel safety programs aimed at overseas travelers.

Reggie talks low-tech, high-tech survival with ‘The Future is Now’

April 27th, 2012

Mountain Shepherd’s own Reggie Bennett shows some cutting-edge survival tools on a new episode of “The Future is Now” by Yahoo! News.

Mountain Shepherd instructor talks ‘Hunger Games’ survival skills

March 22nd, 2012

Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School instructor Reggie Bennett talks to The Washington Post Express on the importance of evasion for an article about ‘The Hunger Games.’

Importance of travel-safe training hits home on mission trip

March 2nd, 2012

A trip overseas can quickly and unexpectedly turn into a risky situation, thanks to today’s volatile political climate worldwide. Just ask Sandi Bird.

Reggie’s Recommendation: Buck Nighthawk

February 16th, 2012

The new TOPS/BUCK Nighthawk improves upon a solid classic, fixing some minor issues and beefing up the feel.

Reggie’s Recommendation: Photon Micro-Light II

February 2nd, 2012

When you need a reliable light right now, the Photon Micro-Light II fits the bill.

Reggie’s Recommendation: Sparkie Fire Starter

January 23rd, 2012

Creating a fire in an emergency situation can sometimes be a challenge. That’s where the Sparkie fire starter saves the day.

Reggie’s Recommendation: Sidewinder Flashlight

January 9th, 2012

Reggie recommends the Streamlight Sidewinder flashlight because of its practical features, ease of operation and overall usefulness.

Q&A with Scott Smith, survival instructor

December 14th, 2011

As Mountain Shepherd prepares to open a West Coast location in the rugged and scenic Tillamook State Forest in Oregon, veteran instructor Scott Smith took some time to answer a few questions.

Mountain Shepherd featured on Daytime Blue Ridge

September 28th, 2011

Natalie Faunce and Mike Wilson with “Daytime Blue Ridge” recently got a taste of the outdoor life with Reggie Bennett of Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School.

Check out The Roanoke Times’ feature on Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School

December 10th, 2010

Stephanie Klein-Davis at The Roanoke Times spent some time with Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School and instructor Reggie Bennett for an excellent feature story and video.

Yahoo! Weekend Edition features Mountain Shepherd

November 19th, 2010

We at Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School are very excited to announce the debut of a Yahoo! News Weekend Edition segment featuring instructor Reggie Bennett teaching Weekend Edition host Jim Brasher the ins and outs of wilderness survival. Jim joined us Oct. 28 – 31 for Hidden Pursuit, our three-night course that teaches evasion, shelter-building,

Positive mental attitude, being prepared are key

November 3rd, 2010

Preparation is essential, not just in the wilderness but in the world of business.

Why you need to know Wilderness First Aid

July 26th, 2010

The threat of getting hurt should not scare you away from enjoying the outdoors and all the wonderful experiences the wilderness has to offer — protect yourself now with the knowledge and confidence to handle any situation that might arise.