wilderness survival skills-2 Days

Cost: $275 per person. 12 person max.
Dates: March 28-29 (10 spots left)
Location: Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, San Diego, California                                         Address: 2300 Camino San Ignacio, Warner Springs, CA 92086. We meet at the guard hut located at the main entrance gate at 9am. We finish around 3pm (on day 2).  

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This California wilderness survival course teaches you the most fundamental skills to survive in the wilderness by taking care of shelter, fire, water, food and signaling until you find help or rescue arrives. 

This workshop style course focuses on the skills and not covering ground-hiking is minimal. We will be spending the 2 days at the Los Coyotes campground located at 5,000 ft  of elevation with cooler temperatures year round. For those who want 3 meals a day and the comfort of modern camping gear, then this is the survival course for you.  No previous outdoor experience required, families with kids welcome!

Regardless of your experience level, you will walk away prepared with knowledge and a skill set to enhance your self reliance in an outdoor emergency.

I spent 2 years living in the Sahara as a peace corps volunteer and I am currently an ICU nurse. I wanted to take a survival course that could teach me more than I already know. Joel went above my expectations. I learned so much. He explains the why of everything he teaches with a great knowledge of physiology and environment. I highly recommend his course!
— kelly Masula, research co-ordinator at San Diego Cardiac Centre

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Survival Course Details:

*We do not guarantee that the full curriculum below will be covered. If nature presents an unexpected opportunity we will turn it into a teaching opportunity.

  • The Psychological and Physiological Effects of Being in a Survival Situation and how to mitigate them

  • Emergency shelter building

  • Water - Sourcing and Purification

  • Fire - Bow drill friction fire method, ferro cerium and magnesium fire starters, plant based tinder's, homemade tinder's, char cloth and Fire building technique

  • knife skills and safety

  • Introduction to local Edible, Useful, and Medicinal Plants

  • Basic knots

  • Food - foraging, improvised hunting tools and trapping

  • Emergency Signaling

recommended gear to Bring:

There are no restrictions on the type of gear you bring however I would advise packing no more than what you can carry. We spend the weekend in the Los Coyotes campground. There is no running water or electricity. If you own a 4x4 vehicle then you have the option to bring it along and get some dirt time, it is not required though. read our Q&A page for more info

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  • Fixed blade high carbon steel knife

  • folding saw or a Swiss army multi-tool knife with the saw feature is optional but very useful

  • Water bottle

  • Ferro rod for fire making if you have one. If not no worries we provide them.

  • cup/bowl and spoon

  • Headlamp and gloves

  • Clothing: Warm layers, beanie, wool socks, and rain coat

  • Shelter: Please bring either a tarp, waterproof bivy sack, or tent

  • Sleeping: Please bring either a sleeping Bag or wool blanket for warmth. A hammock or foam mat/pad can be brought for comfort if you choose.

  • Food - We do not provide food due to the various dietary restrictions of each individual. We recommend you bring convenient food options that are ready to eat, can be cooked over fire, or re-hydrated with boiling water. Good options are backpacker meals, nuts, fruit, jerky, crackers, raman noodles, quinoa, tinned food, bread etc...

  • We provide drinking water

  • Day Pack

  • Any other survival/camping gear you desire

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