Looking for a real survival experience? Do you want to test your ability to conquer nature? Humble Thunder is more than the course for you! Over the course of four days and three nights, you become a proficient global survivor. Relying on the seven priorities of survival, including positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire craft, signaling, water, and food, you will survive the elements as you camp in a primitive manner. Using nothing but newly learned skills, you will build shelters in which you will sleep. Campfires that you will build will cook your food. An day long off-trail hike puts your newly learned land navigation skills to the test. In the end, after you are rescued, you will recognize that yes, nature can be tamed – and you possess the skills to survive!
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 you improvise. However, you can sleep in a tent, a hammock or stay in the lodge. 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.
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.