Recommended  Gear

50 Day Woodsman

We believe in a philosophy of get the training before you get the gear. Because we know from experience that once you get some training, you will probably change your mind about what survival gear you need. For this reason we require very little survival equipment to attend our courses. But you definitely will need some basic items to attend our courses. This page is to list recommended items you might want for our wilderness survival courses. Each course has different requirements but this list will give you the most common items you should bring to our wilderness survival courses. Almost none of the items are absolutely necessary if you don’t have them and we want to make sure you can attend whether you only have a few items or you could outfit an expedition! So check out our recommended survival gear list and email us if you have any questions on survival gear!

Class Specific Gear

  • Good Fixed Blade Knife- From 4-12″ inches (preferably a knife intended for bushcraft)

  • Large Knife or ax - machete, junglas, etc...

  • Ferro Rod (magnesium fire starter)

  • Folding Hand Saw (Recommended: Corona, Silky saw, or Bahco Folding Saw)

  • 500' Paracord

  • Quality Rain Poncho w/ Grommets

  • Wide Mouth Canteen or Water Bottle (single walled /stainless steel bottles are recommended)

  • Flashlight and/or headlamp

  • Large Scarf or Schemagh

  • Blanket & Sleeping Bag

  • Cooking Pot

  • Water Purifier

  • Tarp

  • Multi-Tool

  • (optional) Survival Fishing Kit

  • (optional) Current Colorado Fishing Permit (if you intend to fish)

  • First Aid Kit (trauma kit)

Knife Recommendations 

  • Mora Garberg

  • Condor Bushlore

  • Benchmade Bushcrafter

  • Ontario SK-5 Blackbird

  • Morakniv Bushcrafter (good secondary knife for this class but we recommend something full tang for the entire course)

  • Spydroco G-10 Bushcraft

  • Tops BOB Brothers of Bushcraft


Water Purification Recommendations (optional)

Sawyer 2 Liter Water Filter System

Sawyer Squeeze

Sawyer Mini Filter



Overnight and Other Gear

  • Tent, Hammock, Tarp Shelter

  • Sleeping Bag (season appropriate) 

  • Sleeping Pad

  • Backpack

  • Cooking Utensils (pots, pans, plates, cup, fork, spoon, etc...)

  • Toiletries/Hygene

  • Lantern

  • Ice Chest/Cooler

  • Hydration Backpack

  • Bear Bag

  • Solar Charger

  • Extra batteries

  • Sewing Kit


Food - You have to provide your own food for every course we offer! But there is a  WalMart 30 Minutes away and a small town within 10 minutes with all the amenities for whatever you might need.  For speed and simplicity we recommend freeze dried meals such as Mountain House or MRE's.  You will be given times to resupply your food. Restaurant food is not allowed in camp.




  • Tough Outdoor Clothing- Earth tone colors are recommended but wear what you like.  You are going to get dirty.  Jeans or anything cotton are not recommended during the winter. 

  • Cold and Wet Weather Clothing - We are at 9400 feet elevation and it can get cold at night even during the summer. Bring cold weather clothing at all times of the year. Jeans or anything cotton are not recommended during the winter. 

  • Waterproof Hiking Boots and Wool Socks - Snow Boots if in winter

  • Rain Gear / Rain Poncho

  • Camp Shoes - something comfortable for your feet at the end of the day. Sandals, flip flops, sneakers, etc...


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