Day Pack – Survival Basics


A condensed version of our Survival Essentials 2-day course, this full-day course will go over the basics of the 7 priorities of wilderness survival. From shelter building to starting your own fire to practicing with a signal mirror, students will gain practical survival skills experience. By the end of the day, you will have a solid foundation of the importance of positive mental attitude, wilderness first aid, shelter, fire craft, signaling, water, and food.

What to Expect

Mountain Shepherd’s gorgeous 100-acre campus provides an immersive wilderness experience, with comfort close at hand if needed. Starting with a brisk uphill walk to our first hands-on lesson, the course cycles among covered outdoor training camps so students can learn and practice the seven priorities of survival in a variety of settings.  While you should be prepared to spend the entire day outdoors, Mountain Shepherd’s well-appointed classroom is available if the weather becomes extreme.

Adventure Highlights

  •       Full day course
  •       Survival training
  •       Hiking prep
  •       Lunch included
  •       Memories to last a lifetime
  •       Small group environment (10 maximum)
  •       Hands-on learning
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. Everyone learns valuable information in this course. You will leave prepared to help yourself and others while on any adventure.

This is a course for adults. 18 year olds may come alone. Mature 16 & 17 year olds may come with a responsible partner over the age of 18.

Course Minimum: 4, Course Maximum: 10

What's Included?


The only required items are weather appropriate clothing and comfortable tennis/walking/hiking shoes or boots. You don’t need to buy a thing. The equipment list includes gear you should always have with you on an outdoor adventure. Bring what you have or borrow from us. We have everything you’ll need. It’s best to borrow before you buy. Part of the training includes gear recommendations for your personal survival kit.


Lunch is provided, with plenty of options and dietary accommodations available.

Travel Arrangements

Your adventure begins and ends at the Mountain Shepherd Lodge in Catawba, VA.The nearest airport is Roanoke (ROA), which is approximately a 30 minute drive time.

Arrival time is by 9:30 am on the morning of the training. The course concludes by 4:30 pm. If you prefer to travel the day 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.

Activity Level

Easy to Moderate

After meeting at the Mountain Shepherd Lodge on the morning of your course you’ll do some introductions and pack lunch for a day spent in the woods. There will be a 1/4 mile, 10-minute hike to the teaching campsite (this does begin with a short, steep climb). At the end of the day, the group will walk back to the Lodge for your departure, or for your next adventure!



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