Craft-Your-Own Women’s Adventure Weekend


Adventurous women, unite! Are you looking for weekend getaway for you and some of your friends/sisters/colleagues?   Do you want to try something new and adventurous? Let us craft the perfect weekend adventure for you and your group! We’ll focus on empowering and energizing you and your group by introducing you to the seven priorities of wilderness survival, and helping you use your newfound skills to navigate several challenging scenarios. In the end, you will acquire practical skills that relate to both survival in the wilderness and to personal growth. 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!

What to Expect

Let us help craft your adventure! A sample itinerary could include:

Friday evening: Appetizers and dinner, with campfire
Saturday: Hike and Survival Training, then local day hike, shuttle to the trailhead included
Sunday: Kayak on the New River, then back to Mountain Shepherd for a meal and goodbyes.

Survival Skills Training

Get ready to level up with our Wilderness Survival Training! You’ll get hands-on practice with field-tested techniques to build an emergency shelter, start a fire in the rain, find water, signal for help, and more. Whether or not you ever find yourself in a situation where these skills save your life, you’ll be ready to take on new adventures with confidence (and impress your friends and family when you tie the perfect knot or whip up a campfire in no time).

Students can choose to overnight in a tent, hammock, or grab a bunk in the lodge. Loaner gear such as tents, hammocks, and sleeping bags are available, so this is a great opportunity to try something new or test out your own sleep system.

Adventure Highlights

  •       2 days/2 nights*
  •       Survival training
  •       Choose Your Own Adventure outing(s)
  •       Adventure prep 
  •       All meals included
  •       Memories to last a lifetime
  •       Small group (10 maximum)
  •       Hands-on experience

*Prefer to come longer than a weekend? Contact us for dates and pricing options. We’d love to host your group for the perfect getaway!

Who chooses this adventure?

Outdoor experience levels do not matter. We have students with no experience, to occasional weekend hikers, to warriors of the wilderness. You will leave prepared to help yourself and others while on any adventure, with knowledge and confidence that may benefit you in daily frontcountry life in surprising ways.



What's Included?


Have your own? Bring it! Don’t have your own, or want to try something new before you buy it? Use ours!


Start each day with a hearty, homemade breakfast, and choose from a range of options for a packed lunch to enjoy while on your adventures. Back at the lodge, enjoy a homemade dinner with dessert around the campfire (from classic s’mores to Mountain Shepherd’s famous dutch oven peach cobbler).

Overnight Accommodations

This is your adventure! You may choose to fully embrace the experience by spending the night in your own tent, or you can borrow a tent, tarp, or hammock from us. It’s also totally fine to sleep in a bunk in the lodge. The choice is yours.


Travel Arrangements

Your adventure begins and ends at the Mountain Shepherd Lodge in Catawba, VA.

Day 1: Plan to arrive promptly in Catawba between by 6:00 pm EST on Day 1. If you prefer to arrive the evening before, 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. Contact us for reservations. Payment due before you leave.

Day 3: We’ll wrap up the adventure in late afternoon. Plan to depart after 4 pm. The nearest airport is Roanoke (ROA), which is approximately a 30 minute drive time.

Activity Level

We can make this as easy, or as challenging adventure as you would like! Our survival essentials course is listed easy to moderate, with some short, steep climbs, as we hike around the property. We have lots of options for activities and excursion, both on and off the property. Contact us to plan your dream itinerary.

What to Pack
  • Seasonally appropriate clothes:
    • Good fitting and broken-in hiking boots/shoes
    • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic recommended)
    • Active T-shirt (synthetic or merino wool recommended–avoid cotton)
    • Lightweight insulating top layer (a light, long-sleeve synthetic fleece or wool shirt, sweater, or jacket)
    • Second insulating top layer (an additional synthetic, wool, or fleece shirt, jacket, or vest)
    • Consider a third, heavier insulating layer such as a puffy jacket or thicker fleece (not needed in summer)
    • Rain jacket (hood and ventilating zippers recommended)
    • Hiking pants (durable, quick drying synthetic pants are ideal)
    • Bottom base layer, e.g. midweight synthetic or merino wool long john pants (not needed in summer)
    • Warm winter hat and gloves or mittens (not needed in summer)
  • Water Bottle – fresh drinking water for refills provided
  • Optional Gear List:
    • Backpack
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Sleeping Pad
    • Pillow
    • Flashlight or headlamp
    • Knife – fixed and/or folding blade
    • Whistle
    • Signal Mirror
    • Cooking pot and utensils
    • Notepad/pen



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