Survival 101

You are alone in the middle of a vast wilderness. What brought you here does not matter – all that matters is that you… survive! What is the first thing you would do? What are the necessities needed to insure you make it out alive? Survival 101 will help you answer these questions. Through this engaging and dynamic experience, you will work with former US Air Force SERE instructors as you explore the seven priorities of survival – the seven elements of making it back alive! The seven priorities include positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire craft, signaling, water, and food. Survival 101 will take you through these priorities over the course of two days and one night. In the end, after “rescue,” you will know how to cope with the psychological stresses, treat injuries, tie knots and lashings, improvise shelters, start and maintain a knee-high fire in the pouring rain, effectively communicate to rescuers, find and purify water, understand how to procure food and read topographical maps and use a compass! Begin your adventure now by registering for this course today.

Survival 101 – Women’s Course

Whether trying to survive in the wilderness or in the board room, confidence in one’s abilities is a necessary ingredient. Woman in business, in relationships, or on their own in a strange environment need strong confidence to thrive. This unique version of Survival 101 is geared toward women. Through becoming immersed in a realistic survival scenario, you will gain not only practical survival skills, but also learn how to develop the keys to success that are already inside you. Over the course of two days and one night, you will explore the seven priorities of survival; the even ingredients of building self confidence! The seven priorities include positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire craft, signaling, water, and food. Through this simulation, you will also become familiar with wilderness safety, preparedness, and camping skills. While participants have the option to spend the night in a tent, they can also choose to stay in Mountain Shepherd’s lodge. Take the first step toward a new and more confident you – register today!

Rolling Thunder

An advanced adult course designed to put your skills to the psychological and physical stress challenges experienced in a survival situation. Looking for a vision quest, this is it! Over the course of four days and three nights, you will spend one day overviewing the seven priorities of survival, map reading, and basic navigation. Beginning on day 2, you will hit the trails as you traverse the Blue Ridge Mountain’s ridges and valleys, relying on nature to survive! You will build shelters, cook the food you will be carrying over open fires that you build, and identify water sources. You will survive this survival scenario – but it will take work. You will be rescued – but you will have to earn it. After your return to civilization, you will find a new you – one that is stronger, and one that is much more confident. Register today to begin this ultimate, truly life changing adventure!

Wild Comforts 2.0

Our first Wild Comforts course brings families together in the outdoors to strengthen their bonds and their camping skills by learning the basics of wilderness survival. This sequel to Wild Comforts introduces the basics of land navigation and gives families the opportunity to put their skills to the test on an overnight backpacking trip!

Backpacking Essentials

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