We hope you enjoyed our last blog highlighting our Survival Courses. In case you missed it, you can check it out here. Next up in the Course Spotlight Series is our amazingly empowering women’s courses. These courses are open to anyone who identifies as a woman, and are geared toward adults. Courses include topics such as learning survival skills (Survival Essentials – Women’s Course), hiking and adventuring while learning outdoor skills (Trail Mix – Women’s Course), taking your backcountry skills to the next level (Peak Performance – Women’s), and channeling your inner summer camp spirit, with our Camp Adventuress course. And if you and your friends want to do your own thing, we can make it happen with our Craft-Your-Own Women’s Adventure!

The women’s version of Survival Essentials is (obviously) geared toward women and offers a unique opportunity to discover the potential for success that is already inside you, while learning practical survival skills. Through immersion in a realistic survival scenario, you’ll explore the seven priorities of survival: positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire craft, signaling, water, and food. Through hands-on experience, you’ll be ready to start and maintain a knee-high fire in the pouring rain or improvise an effective shelter using the most appropriate knots and lashings. This course is a “modern” survival course.  We encourage proper equipment, preparedness, and practice so you always prevail should your adventure take an unexpected turn into a survival situation.

Our Trail Mix – Women’s Course offers a little taste of everything you need to hit the trails with confidence! This energizing course is your chance to push yourself on challenging day hikes with big rewards, while learning key outdoor skills in a supportive environment. Create your own custom blend of experiences: try out hammock, tarp or tent camping; or enjoy the comfort of our lodge at the end of the day. This course includes hiking a section of the world-famous Appalachian Trail, including three iconic overlooks, each of which can be reached via a vigorous but rewarding day hike. Enjoy the exhilarating views and earn major bragging rights by summiting all three peaks back-to-back.

Join other adventurous women to discover the seven survival priorities while exploring the nearby Appalachian Trail on our Peak Performance – Women’s Course.  Take your backcountry skills to new heights as you summit three of the most popular peaks on the Appalachian Trail – McAfee Knob, Dragons Tooth, and Tinker Cliffs, on a 3-day, 2-night backpacking adventure. Each night, we’ll camp at designated campsites with water sources nearby. Pack your own shelter, or test out a new system by borrowing one of Mountain Shepherd’s tents, hammocks, or tarps. This empowering experience is designed for and facilitated by only women, which creates a confidence-boosting no-judgment zone where women can be themselves. 

Camp Adventuress is a grown-up summer camp session for adult women of all ages. Activities and excursions include wilderness survival instruction, hiking and backpacking, camping, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, yoga, caving, and outdoor rock-climbing. This course is the perfect place to discover or renew your love for outdoor recreation, and is always a women-only, no-judgement zone. After each day of adventure comes another girls’ night with your new camp friends – chat over dinner, share stories around a campfire, relax with a yoga session, or embark on a stargazing night hike. We’ll cheers to all women in nature exploring as Camp Adventuress is an extraordinary, exciting getaway that will boost your confidence in the outdoors and introduce you to new activities and unique women.

Looking for a custom weekend getaway for you and some of your friends/sisters/colleagues? The Craft-Your-Own Women’s Adventure could be the perfect adventure for you and your group! We’ll focus on empowering and energizing your group by introducing you to the seven priorities of wilderness survival, and helping use your newfound skills to navigate several challenging scenarios. In addition to the survival training, we’ll provide craft-your-own adventure outings as part of your adventure weekend. Activities and excursions include hiking and backpacking, camping, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, caving, yoga, outdoor rock-climbing, and deluxe campfires with tasty treats. No wilderness experience necessary – just a love for adventure and willingness to try new things!

SO. MANY. OPTIONS. Join us for one course, or several! Having a hard time deciding? Give Dina a shout at dina@mountainshepherd.com and she’ll help you decide. Hope to see you real soon!