It is anytime, anyplace. But the place is hostile, and you are behind enemy lines! Unlike a typical survival experience, you now want to stay hidden – you do not want to be seen, as being seen will mean certain capture! What do you do? How can you move across hostile territory and make it to safety? This course will help you learn how to master the art of escape and evasion as a US Air Force SERE instructor shares the skills that could mean the difference between life and death. Over the course of four days and three nights, you will learn how to evade enemy forces and then actually move across rough terrain as the “enemy” pursues you. Map reading skills and survival skills will be put to the test as you must reach safety without being captured. Do you have what it takes? Register today in order to begin this unique and challenging adventure.
What else should I know?
What outdoor experience do I need to attend this course? Outdoor experience levels do not matter. We have students with no experience to weekend warriors and active military. Everyone learns valuable information in this course. You will leave prepared to help yourself and others while on any adventure.
Do I get to eat bugs? You will learn which bugs are edible and how to find them. Eating them is optional!
What time does the course start and end? The course begins at 10:00 Thursday morning and finishes by 1:00 on Sunday. Plan to arrive by 9:30 on Thursday. If you prefer to travel on Wednesday, you can stay at the lodge. $50 includes a bunk and breakfast. $25 for each additional person in your group. Group, semi-private and private rooms are available on a first come first serve basis.
Do I sleep under the stars? This is your adventure! The course is designed so that you sleep in shelters (hides) you improvise while on the move. However, you can sleep in a tent or a hammock. The choice is yours.
What should I bring? Click here for an equipment list. This list includes gear you should always have with you on an outdoor adventure. Bring what you have or borrow from us. No need to buy any new gear prior to coming to a course.
Is the course taught outside? The training camps are setup outside held under parachute canopies. The Virginia location courses are held on Mountain Shepherd’s gorgeous 100 acre property bordering the Jefferson National Forest. The magnificent Tillamook Forest is used for the Oregon courses. Friday through Sunday are spent on the trail.
Do I need to bring a friend? If you come alone, you are guaranteed to leave with new friends! Of course, your friends are always welcome – sign them up too!
What is the age requirement of this course? This is a course for adults. 18 year olds may come alone. 16 & 17 year olds may come with a responsible partner over the age of 18.
Why did you decide to attend a survival school? As someone who enjoys camping and hiking, I wanted to develop the skills that would enable me to develop strategies to survive in emergency situations in the wilderness.
Why did you choose Mountain Shepherd? Reggie Bennett is a very skilled and articulate instructor. He is very patient and is very eager to help students develop and learn the art of survival. You will come away with a tremendous knowledge of how to survive in many types of situations and conditions.
Before you went, what did you think survival training would be like? An adventure.
How did your experience surprise you? I really enjoyed the training and frankly would have been happy to continue for another two days.
What was your favorite part of the entire time? Each class develops a great camaraderie and friendships are made each night around the campfire.
To whom would you recommend a survival course? I am recommending this survival course to anyone who enjoys camping, hiking, hunting and other outdoor activities. Anyone who wants to venture into National Parks and other wilderness areas should take this course ! The skills that Reggie teaches are essential for anyone seeking to survive an emergency situation.
What advice would you give to others who are about to take a survival training course? Relax and enjoy yourself. Reggie and his team are here to help you. I can say for certain you will come away having really enjoyed this experience. Mountain Shepherd goes all out to make this a relaxing and enjoyable experience.Phillip Fecher - Age: 44