LOST AND ALONE
"Its easy to stand with the crowd. It takes COURAGE to stand ALONE"
with Donny Dust and Jason Marsteiner
May 24th -26th 2019
Class starts at 6pm Friday evening.
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Imagine yourself in the wilderness completely lost and alone. Perhaps you got there by taking a wrong turn on a little known trail, or you went off trail to take a picture of that fox and got turned around, or maybe you were on a single engine airplane that crash landed in a remote forest and you are the only survivor. It matters not how you got yourself in this predicament, what matters is that you are there now! You are completely lost, with little to no gear and no way to call for help. Night is setting in and you have to make a plan. The wind rustles through the trees and you hear a coyote yip in the distance, or at least you think it was a coyote? It’s warm now but in a few short hours it will be dark and you expect that the temperatures are going to drop. You can hear the faint sounds of water flowing in the distance… or is that still the wind? In one direction is a steep hill, in the other the forest gets thicker.
You can’t stay here because you are certain no one is going to know where to look for you but you are in no condition to travel the long distances needed to get back to civilization. What would you do?
If your answer is just sit down and cry or wander off aimlessly in search of someone to help you, then join Donny Dust of Paleo Tracks Survival and Jason Marsteiner of Colorado Mountain Man Survival for a 3 Day Event on Memorial Day Weekend to teach you what you should do.
Class will start the evening of Friday May 24th at the Colorado Mountain Man Survival camp location, near Cripple Creek Colorado, where we will have a meet and greet around the campfire. Arrive at your leisure and bring your dinner to share your stories as we share ours around the campfire. Then get settled in for the night in your tent, one of our large wall tents or in a primitive shelter.
Saturday morning we will wake you up bright and early to start your “not so alone”, alone adventure to help you determine what you should do in a situation where you find yourself unprepared in the backcountry. The weekend will consist of practical field scenarios which will allow you to demonstrate your competency and ability to understand and respond to adverse situations. You will then demonstrate your ability to build a survival shelter, process wood into a survival fire, light a fire with whatever resources are available and perform other standard survival tasks.
This class is appropriate for all skills levels and even the most seasoned outdoorsman will likely learn some tips and tricks. Completion of this class gives you a huge CONFIDENCE BOOST.
Fire Making and Fire Management
This class is designed for the individual looking to gain a solid foundation of knowledge should they find themselves in the backcountry. We will focus on primitive outdoor and modern survival skills necessary to enjoy a wilderness adventure with confidence. This class is heavy on practical skills culminating in a field exercise.
The first evening will consists of a meet and great, storytelling and campfire discussions about wilderness risk assessment and management, avoiding emergency situations, carrying the right gear and understanding the priorities of survival.
The next two days will consist of a practical training as well as field exercises where you will be forced to decide what is your most important gear and how to handle a survival situation while still remaining in a safe and controlled environment. We believe that exposure and practical use of your tools is the best way to determine which components work best for you and also what you can do should that tool not be available.
Survival Priorities - We will use the Rule of 3’s and the Methods of Heat Loss to formulate a survival plan and show you how a Positive Mental Attitude will be your biggest ally and we will discuss and practice techniques that you can do in the backcountry to maintain your morale.
Survival Priorities: We will use the Rule of 3’s and the Methods of Heat Loss to formulate a survival plan and show you how a Positive Mental Attitude will be your biggest ally and we will discuss and practice techniques that you can do in the backcountry to maintain your morale.
Fire: Using our knowledge of survival priorities and our understanding of how our bodies lose heat we contrast a practical and efficient survival fire. We will use knives and/or primitive tools that we create, to make survival possible if not easy.
Shelter: We will be on the move so a long term shelter will not be an option but will still build expedient primitive bushcraft shelters using natural materials.
Water: Water is critical to thermo-regulation and to maintaining a positive mental attitude. Students will learn about various waterborne pathogens and learn how to make water more safe to drink. Pine needles will be identified and collected then added to boiling water to make tea.
Food: Food isn’t a short term survival “priority” but it’s great for your positive mental attitude and to keep you thinking clearly! We will attempt to forage for food, discuss back-country nutrition and make our meals over the campfire.
Minimum Recommended Equipment:
Overnight camping gear to include shelter and sleeping bag.
Fixed Blade Full Tang Knife
Food (Plenty of time will be given to prepare meals on site)
Outdoor clothing 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