Wilderness Survival Courses

May 7th, 2014 by

This page is dedicated to the Wilderness Survival level courses offered here at Element Mountain. There are a number of levels to the courses that are laid out in successive order from beginner to expert below. Each class title is a link that will bring you to the appropriate course page that contains the full details.

Greenfoot:

During this 4 full day course students will come to understand what wilderness survival and wilderness living truly mean. The knowledge and skills through use of hands on techniques will be gained by the students of this wilderness course. This is the first course in a series of 3. Each one will take the student higher in skill. The third level Wilderness Survival course is a 10 day survival situational where skills are put to the real time test.

The teachings found in this course are based within the context of both wilderness survival and wilderness living. The basic 5 needs of

  • proper mind set,
  • shelter,
  • water,
  • fire
  • food
  • are covered in detail.

Along with the basic 5 needs will be woven in the skills of:

  • first aid,
  • locator signs,
  • wilderness creations
  • discussions of intent.

Students learn:

  • awareness skills,
  • primitive shelter building,
  • water locating and purification methods,
  • fire making,
  • basic wild core edibles,
  • basic first aid skills in the wilderness setting,
  • natural navigation methods and modern navigation methods,
  • tracking,
  • weather lore…

During this course students learn how to build their own weather proof shelters, make fire even in pouring rain, how to create an emergency track-pack and how to use everything in it, safety, foresight, basic camp creations like container making, wild rope making, basic trap making and much more!

The days will begin early and run late. Students should be prepared to work long hours and be prepared for any weather.

This course is geared to the modern individual who wishes to learn how to survive in the wilderness setting for the purpose of emergency wilderness survival, primitive camping, primitive trekking or simply extended and intended stays in the wilderness.

Students must be a minimum of 18 years old.

This is an overnight course where students will be camping in the wilderness. It is not a primitive or survival type camp. Tents are required. If you do not have a tent we will provide for a small rental fee. Remember you are coming to learn survival skills, not master them in a week.

Since this is Greenfoot Survival you will be learning skills while based in a “Basecamp” setting in a wilderness area rather than an actual situational survival setting.
Meals are included in the cost of the course. This includes three meals per day. Details included in the equipment list.

A complete equipment list will be emailed to students upon registration. Pre-registration is required for this wilderness survival course .

This is a certified wilderness survival course. Students who successfully complete the course will be mailed a Certificate of completion from Element Mountain.

A complete equipment list will be emailed to students upon registration. Pre-registration is required for this Wilderness Survival- Greenfoot Course.

This is truly the starting course to take here at Element Mountain if you wish not only to begin learning serious wilderness skills but also get a feel for the school and future classes or events.

Moccasin Foot:

During this 7 full day course students who have completed the Greenfoot Survival course will continue their path of skill and knowledge in the wilderness setting.  This course will take the student further into the depth of the level of wilderness survival and wilderness living skills.

Like the first Wilderness Survival course the teachings found in this course are based within the context of both wilderness survival and wilderness living. Students delve ever deeper into an intermediate level in the ways of mind set, shelter, water, fire, food, first aid, locator signs, wilderness creations and the powers of intent. Students also learn about the dangers of the mind in survival situations, both solo and in groups and how to anticipate and avoid such issues.

Students learn more detailed awareness skills that were known by the scouts of old, more varied and detailed shelter building, utilizing water filtering and purification techniques, fire making using a wider variety of materials in a wider variety of conditions (including bow-drill), a wider variety of wild edibles, more detailed first aid skills in the wilderness setting, natural navigation methods under different conditions and using a wider variety of techniques, more snare practice, camouflage and tracking, camp creations that will go beyond the basic needs meeting… You’ll learn how to heat water and cook in a piece of bark with no rocks!

This intermediate level course holds the teachings and explorations that give the student a much firmer and varied set of wilderness skills that will allow them to attain a higher level of self confidence and comfort in the wild.

The days will begin early and run late. Students should be prepared to work long hours and be prepared for any weather.

This course is geared to the modern individual who wishes to learn how to survive in the wilderness setting for the purpose of emergency wilderness survival, primitive camping, primitive trekking or simply extended and intended stays in the wilderness.

Students must be a minimum of 18 years old and have already completed the Greenfoot Survival course.

Students will be staying in an outdoor survival camp situation for the duration of this 7 day course and all meals are included.

A complete equipment list will be emailed to students upon registration. Pre-registration is required for this wilderness survival course.

This is a certified wilderness survival course. Students who successfully complete the course will be mailed a Certificate of completion from Element Mountain.

Sure Foot:

This wilderness survival workshop will entail 2 full days and one night of wilderness survival skills and practice. Students who have successfully completed the first two levels of wilderness survival workshops go on in this third one to practice and hone their techniques in real time situations. This is a situational survival scenario

We begin with a fire circle meeting on the first evening. The next day students return and begin their journey.

During this workshop students take into the forest only the bare minimal and must utilize only these minimal’s and their learned skills to live for two days and one night in the wilderness. The instructor will be occasionally present but this is a real time wilderness survival situational course in which students must use their skills as well as individual and team efforts to live.

The skills will be graded and thoroughly assessed by the instructor. They are graded with the following in mind-

  • mind set
  • skill level
  • practicality level
  • emotional level
  • ingenuity level
  • teamwork
  • individual effort
  • scope of intent
  • among other areas…

This course is designed to give students a taste for an actual survival situation in a wilderness setting under the supervision of an instructor. This allows students to find out where their strengths and weaknesses are in a wilderness survival situation so that they can focus on what they need to so they may advance to higher levels and approach Advanced Survival Training. This course assists the student in assessing not only strengths and weaknesses but also allows them to experience a situation not normally embarked upon in modern society and thus gain self confidence in the wilderness. Details of wilderness survival skills are discovered that can only be found in a real time survival situation where the individual and group are forced to utilize their skills for actual survival.

The days will begin early and run late. Students should be prepared to work long hours and be prepared for any weather.

This workshop is geared to the modern individual who wishes to learn how to survive in the wilderness setting for the purpose of emergency wilderness survival, primitive camping, primitive trekking or simply extended and intended stays in the wilderness

Students must be at least 18 years of age and have successfully completed the first two Wilderness Survival courses. Greenfoot Survival and Moccasin Foot Survival.

Students will be staying the night in the wilderness within the shelters they construct.

A complete equipment list will be emailed to students upon registration. Pre-registration is required for this wilderness survival course.

This is a certified wilderness survival course. Students who successfully complete the course will be mailed a Certificate of completion from Element Mountain.

Advanced Survival:

This is an excellent opportunity to test your wilderness survival skills in a course setting! For all of you who have completed the Element Mountain Wilderness Survival 3 part series, this is the next level.

For students who completed the Wilderness Survival 3 course, it is understood that it was designed as a team situational survival situation. The next level is a solo survival situation, which is what this course is designed as. This is a certified Ways Of The Wild Institute course, just like all other survival course through the Institute.

During this three day  Wilderness Survival- Solo course students can expect the following:

  • to fully utilize their learned survival skills
  • to “survive” in the wilderness alone for 3 day and nights
  • to select three items from a list to take with them into the wilderness
  • to be graded on their usage of skills

Students are taken into the Vermont wilderness. Here they leave all their personal belongings behind and select only three items from a list to take in with them. Once in the wilderness they must remain within select, pre-laid out boundaries and utilize their learned and well practiced survival skills to survive for three full days and nights. Normally there are numerous students within the course and so they are each given select zones to survive in so that nobody accidentally interferes with another’s solo space.

Students meet early in the morning and head out into the wilderness where they spend 3 full days and 2 full nights soloing.

This course is the perfect opportunity for students to gain a great level of confidence and skill ability. It is also a great opportunity to try out your solo survival skills in a REAL TIME, SOLO and lightly monitored situation. The instructor will be located in the area in case of emergency situations. This way the course is indeed true survival, but also has the security backup if needs be.

Are you ready to go further? Are you ready to learn more deeply about yourself when actually faced with a solo survival situation? If so then come on out to the wilderness and Ways Of The Wild Institute and find aspect of you that are best found in such a circumstance as this Advanced Wilderness Survival- Solo course!

A complete equipment list will be emailed to students upon registration.

 This is a certified wilderness survival course. Students who successfully complete the workshop will be mailed a Certificate of completion from Element Mountain.

Expert Survival:

The last level of warm/cool season Wilderness Survival, Expert Wilderness Survival- Solo! For students who successfully completed the Advanced Wilderness Survival- Solo course this is the next and final warm/cool season survival training step within a course situation. Winter survival is another course series entirely.

This course is designed for the student who wishes to truly test everything they have within themselves during a true Wilderness Survival situation! That is why this course lasts a full week. This highly advanced level of wilderness survival consists of the student begin able to choose three items to take into the wilderness with them. ONLY three items, chosen from a supplied list may be taken with the student. You might ask what makes this so different than the Advanced Wilderness Survival- Solo course. The difference, besides the length of the course is within the item choice selection. This list includes the clothes on your back. Only three items may be taken in. The student must choose three items based upon the supplied list and the clothing they came with. This means that if a student chooses a knife, a pair of shorts and a coil of rope, then that is all they go in with. Nothing else is allowed.

Again, this is a certified course and the student will be given a select location of the wilderness to embark upon their journey.

Due to the highly advanced nature of this course, full details are given to only qualified and serious inquiring students.

Winter Survival 1:

Winter Survival is a different world then survival in warm seasons. It takes true skill mastery on all levels to successfully life in the wild using primitive techniques. Here in the Green Mountains of Vermont we have the perfect environment to learn and test our skills in winter’s grip.

Surviving in the heat of the jungles, the openness of the prairie, the vast woodlands and other forms of the environment is far easier than in the mountains during winter. In the heart of winter when all the mountains are gripped in ice and deep drifts of snow; sweeping winds and cold so deep the trees crack during the long dark nights. The land stands still and little stirs beyond the few brave local birds and glistening ice crystals twinkling in the frosty air. Make no mistake, the insects, snakes, poisonous plants and high rainfall of jungle life does not compare to winter survival deep in the northern mountains. Anyone who says otherwise has no experience in the matter.

This course is designed for the beginner or those who already have skills. So long as you have the proper equipment (list provided upon registration or inquiry) and are in decent physical shape (this is an outdoor winter course that takes place in the wilderness) then you are eligible to take this course

The Winter Survival Course is laid out in 2 sections. Both sections are filled with techniques for both physical and mental/emotional survival during the winter season. The first section, which is this one consists of the following and more:

Tree identification

You will learn how to identify and recognize trees in their dormant state by learning the details of their bark, twigs, smell, structure, growing site and energy.

Edibles

Learning how to obtain food in the winter is vital for living or surviving in the wilds of the North-lands. You will discover where to find foods in the northern woods, how to gather it, how to prepare it and what nutrients it contains. You will learn how much you need and what foods contain what energy properties to best suit your wilderness needs.

Shelter

In the deep snows of the northern mountains it is essential to know how to build the proper shelter that will keep you safe in the long, dark winter nights. I will show you how to choose site, materials and how to construct shelters that will protect you from the harsh elements in the depth of winter. Though you will be sleeping in tents you will also have the choice to sleep in your own created winter shelter.

Fire

Fire making is an all together different skill while surrounded by billowing hills of snow and freezing temperatures. While of course it is still fire, the skill level and tools you use will have to adapt to the environmental conditions which greatly vary from the warm season. You will learn all about fire in the winter and how to make it and work with it. Not only is fire covered but techniques for expanding your heat source away from your fire and keeping yourself warm while working in other areas beside next to your fire.

Water

Water, water everywhere…but its all frozen solid! We will cover winter water during the Winter Survival course. The importance of water, how to get it, purify it, contain it and how it can be one of the most important things to keep you warm.

Basic Navigation

Of course the best way to avoid getting lost in the first place is to understand natural navigation skills. And if you get “lost” such navigation skills can help you find your way out. Basic navigation skills using natural methods as well as compass are covered in this course.

Tools of the Trade

The proper tools are essential in survival situations. Unless you are an expert you will require a certain amount of tools to survive. Even an “expert” must make tools in order to survive. Not only are the proper tools to be carried with you covered but also how to use them in survival situations. A tool is not good to you unless you understand how to use it and can do so successfully in adverse conditions.

Tracking

The art of winter tracking will be covered which will include finding, identifying and following tracks, finding, identifying trails, beds, territorial marks, scat, rubs, patterns and habits of specific animals. You will discover the deep aspects of tracking and how it comes from the whole and not just one skill.

Winter Travel

Traveling by foot is also hugely different in winter than in the warm season when snow doesn’t cover the ground. Proper safety, walking methods, snowshoe techniques and body positioning are fully covered concerning winter foot travel.

Heat Loss

A very important set of information is on Heat Loss in the wilderness, especially during winter! All forms of heat loss are fully covered and techniques to prevent this dangerous action that an easily bring a survival situation to fatal levels within minutes.

The winter in the northern Vermont mountains can be harsh and unforgiving. Students signing up for this course must come prepared and adhere strictly to the equipment list supplied to you upon registration or inquiry. This is no pseudo winter survival course that takes place inside a heated barn. This is the real deal and you will be spending the entire time outdoors in the reality of the moment. Before this course is done you will understand what winter is.

This is an overnight class. Three full days are spent in the Vermont mountain wilderness during the heart of winter, plus two nights. All food is supplied as well as hot liquids. Tents are supplied for a small rental fee if you do not have one. Snowshoes are also supplied for a small rental fee if you do not have them. YOU WILL BE USING THEM!

Please be advised that this can be a rather difficult course physically speaking. Between the potential for deep snow walking through wilderness mountains, very cold conditions and simple winter reality of the great outdoors. Please be honest with yourself in your physical capabilities. We want everyone to be safe and place that at the forefront of our courses, but that begins with you and understanding any limitations you may have.

All meals are included for this course

 This is a certified wilderness survival course. Students who successfully complete the workshop will be mailed a Certificate of completion from Element Mountain.

Winter Survival 2:

If you have taken the first Winter Survival course then Winter Survival- level 2 is next on your list to do. The basics of winter survival were covered in the first level. During winter survival level 2 we move onward into the depths of true winter skills. In this course you will be utilizing the skills learned in the first level to bring the art of winter survival into reality!

For two full day and one full night you will be in the Vermont wilderness practicing:

  • winter shelter building
  • fire craft in the snow
  • identifying edibles
  • identifying tracks
  • identifying directions
  • working on mental mapping
  • making containers
  • cooking
  • search and rescue signs
  • energy conservation methods
  • heat-loss prevention methods
  • among many other vital winter survival skills!

After the first long day of winter survival you will be spending the night in the winter shelter you have constructed. It is here in the depth of a winter’s night outdoors that you will learn the truth of winter survival and what it means on all levels of your reality!

Your instructor will remain with the class the entire time teaching skills and assisting students in proper technique and usage of skills.

A complete equipment list will be emailed to students upon registration.

This is a certified wilderness survival course. Students who successfully complete the course will be mailed a Certificate of completion from Element Mountain.

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