3 Day Survival Basics
May 29-31 2020
Difficulty Rating: Level 1
The survival basics class is designed for students that don’t have the time to take off for our 5 day standard, but still want to learn the minimum survival skills for being lost in the woods. We take the most important elements out of the 5 Day Outdoor Survival Skills class and condense the class to the “core three” priorities. Your first priorities in a “lost in the woods” scenario, are always shelter, fire, water. The survival basics class will cover these three topics in depth, so you can be prepared for the worst.
What to expect
Day 1 we will cover survival basics and tool craft such as rule of threes and psychology of survival and then move on into making tools that you may use in a survival situation. We will make a rabbit stick, fishing spear, cordage and more. You will learn the priorities of survival and just as importantly, how to focus and occupy your mind in a survival situation
Day 2 we will cover fire. We will teach several fire methods in the survival basics class. You will learn friction fire, how to make an all night fire, and a below the ground fire. Fire is of the utmost importance in a survival situation. It provides you a way to filter or boil water, cook food, all while keeping you warm, and preventing hypothermia.
Day 3 we will take you through the steps of building primitive shelters. We will show you how to build a shelter, that will keep you warm and dry. You will learn proper placement of the framework, proper thickness and height of debris insulation, and proper waterproofing techniques.
Minimum Gear Needed:
We will not provide you with any gear, so please come prepared.
Overnight camping gear to include shelter and sleeping bag.
Fixed Blade Full Tang Knife (WITHOUT a Serrated edge)
Food (Plenty of time will be given to prepare meals on site)
Flashlight or headlamp
Outdoor clothing, boots, and wet weather gear
Check Recommended Items List for more details!
Food and Water:
Water will be provided but you will need to provide your own food of your choice. We recommend quick field expedient meals such as freeze dried meals or MRE’s. They can quickly be made at our primitive camps and won’t slow down the learning process. You can also purchase food locally once you get here. Grocery Stores and several local eateries are within a reasonable driving distance.
Length: 3 days/2 nights
Instructor: Matthew McFarland (aka Alaska Matt)