5 Day Desert Survival Class

5 Day Desert Survival Class


Desert Survival Skills Training

(3 day and 5 day options available)

Where - Mesa Arizona (exact location will be given at a later date)

When - February 25 - 29 2020


Difficulty Rating: Beginner to Intermediate

This class covers the basics or survival and outdoor skills with shelter, water, food and various other basic and advanced skills.  In this course we will focus on both primitive and modern survival techniques with an emphasis on a few basic tools that you should have in your backpack when venturing out into the desert.  This course will prepare you for situations that people tend to find themselves in when things go wrong in the wilderness . Outside of a survival situation, this class will simply allow you to feel more comfortable in the desert.


3 Day Survival Basics (option)

Difficulty: Beginner 

About 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 desert. 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 desert” scenario, are always shelter, water, fire. 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 the psychology of survival and the rule of three's. We will then move on to make tools that you may use in a survival situation which you will be using the rest of the trip. We will make a rabbit stick, spear, cordage, bone knife, discussing the creation of water vessels, 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 primitive friction fires along with modern techniques. We will also be teaching about fire building for a variety of specialized circumstances. 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. Hydration will also be covered. The importance of hydration in the desert can be life or death. We will go over locating water in the desert and different ways of harvesting it. Also which plants can provide hydration and what plants can actually dehydrate you. 


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 as well as provide shade. You will learn proper placement of the framework, proper thickness and height of debris insulation, and proper waterproofing techniques. Uses of your bandanna or shemagh will be incorporated into the shelter discussion also. 


The 5 Day Survival Course Will include the 3 days Survival Basics with an additional 2 days of more in-depth, hands on training

Difficulty Rating: Level 2 


Day 4 We will go for a short hike( 5 miles or less) bringing the tools we have created and using them. During this hike we will be locating a variety of desert edibles. We will also identify, gather, and discuss items which can be used during a survival situation. During the hike Justin will teach you about desert awareness and the importance of staying safe. Tracking and stalking prey can be discussed when we find animal tracks. 


Day 5 We will go for another short hike (5 miles or less) bringing the tools that you have created. During this hike we will discuss land navigation in the desert and how to read the land. Knowing your directions and how the desert plants act as compasses. By this time, you have learned a lot and will have several opportunities to apply some of the knowledge discussed in the lectures. You probably have a lot of projects not finished by this point also. Don't worry those can be worked on too. 


The Outdoor Survival Skills Training course is all hands on field training, with minimal lectures and no power point presentations! Prepare to get your hands dirty!  This class is based on the well known and utilized survival standard Rule of Threes.  In general, a human can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 hours exposed to the element, three days without water and three weeks without food. Each day we will cover a different topic with the first day teaching you many basic survival techniques that you will continue to use throughout the week.  We will go over basics of survival, shelter, fire, water, food, primitive tools, survival kit preparation and more!  With these basics outdoor skills, you will feel more comfortable every time you throw on that pack and head out onto a trail.

With the universal skills taught, you will know what it takes to survive in almost any environment or condition and lead you into total wilderness self reliance. The outdoor survival skills training is all-inclusive as it covers many different subjects about wilderness survival skills and these skills will work in every region around the world in almost all climates.


While the outdoor survival skills training is in-depth families are welcome and encouraged to attend  the course for learning outdoor skills in a family friendly environment.  Self Reliance skills truly give you an empowered feeling because after your training with Colorado Mountain Man Survival, you will be confident to walk into any environment and take care of yourself, your friends, and your family.

Survival Skills Taught include:

  • Psychology of Survival

  • The Priorities of Survival

  • Fire Craft (both primitive and modern)

  • Survival Shelters (both primitive and modern)

  • Finding, Filtering, and Purifying Water

  • Passive techniques for Food (Land and Water Based)

  • Edible, Useful, and Medicinal Plants

  • Knot Tying

  • Primitive Navigation Methods

  • Primitive Tool Making

  • Survival Kit Preparation

  • Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Uses (when plants are in season)

  • Choosing and using tools for Survival (both primitive and modern


Accommodations - None - If you don't bring it, you wont have it.  

Shelter/Lodging:  Bring a tent, hammock or other preferred sleep system.  No other shelters will be provided.


Food and Water:  Bring your own food and water. 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. 


Minimum Survival Gear Required:

Bring your gear with you. We do not provide you with gear unless you purchase it from us ahead of time.  You don’t need much equipment for our courses, though good equipment does speed the learning process up greatly!  You don’t have to buy our  gear to attend the course, but you need survival gear of equivalent quality.  Bring appropriate outdoor clothing, a good sleeping bag and an all season tent if you do not wish to stay in our military tent.  Sunscreen and UV protective sunglasses. 

  • Overnight camping gear to include shelter and sleeping bag. 

  • Fixed Blade Full Tang Knife (WITHOUT a Serrated edge) 

  • Folding Saw 

  • 100' Paracord 

  • Food (Plenty of time will be given to prepare meals on site) 

  • Water

  • Flashlight or headlamp 

  • Canteen and a Camelback 

  • Outdoor clothing, boots, and wet weather gear 

  • Insect Repellent 

  • Sunscreen 

  • Oversize bandana or shemagh


If you are still unsure of what gear you need for our survival courses, then we have assembled a complete kit that is still high quality but for a budget friendly price. All the items in this kit were hand selected by the lead instructor at CMM Survival to be the best bushcraft tools on a budget. The CMM Survival Kit is a full package kit that can be used in all our courses. These are all must have tools at a good price. Its a great survival kit, bug out kit, go bag, and much more. Add some other items to this kit and you have a decked out survival bag that you can survive in comfort. With this kit and our training you can be guaranteed to survive like a king in almost any environment!



3 Days / nights


5 Days/4 nights


Instructor: Jason MarsteinerJustin Lunt

Tuition: $375 - $550

Colorado Mountain Man Survival


Colorado Springs, CO | cmmsurvival@gmail.com

 719-684-4147 | Contact Us


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