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!

  • June 24-27, 2021



What else should I know?

What experience do I need to attend this course?
Outdoor experience levels do not matter. We have students with no experience to 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.>/p>

What is the age requirement of this course?
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. What time does the course start and end? Arrival time is by 9:30 Saturday morning. The course concludes by 1:00 on Sunday. If you prefer to travel on Friday, 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.

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!

Is the course taught outside?
The training camps are set up outside held under parachute canopies. The Virginia location courses are held on Mountain Shepherd’s gorgeous 100 acre property bordering the Jefferson National Forest.

Do I sleep under the stars?
This is your adventure! You can sleep in a tent, a hammock, a shelter you improvise or stay in the lodge. The choice is yours.

What is the weather like?
Local weather is so hard to predict. Best to watch the forecast for zip code 24070. You can store extra clothes and gear at the lodge.

Do I get to eat bugs?
You will learn which bugs are edible and how to find them. Eating them is optional! For lunch/dinner we recommend dehydrated meals that require boiling water. Pack some jerky and trail mix for snacking and you’re all set. Or shop when you arrive. Our store stocks a large variety of Mountain House meals along with Honey Stinger energy bars, chews, gels and waffles.

Do I need to buy a lot of gear?
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. No need to buy any new gear prior to coming to a course. 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.

What should I leave at home?
Hatchets, machetes, firearms, drugs and alcohol.

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