Program Outline

Program Outline

  1. Introductions
  2. Physical and mental Preparation
  3. Planning trips
  4. Personal Gear: Design, intended use, materials, and quality of clothing, footwear, and sleeping systems.
  5. Gear bags, bed rolls, and weather protection.
  6. Shelter: Design, intended use, materials and quality of tents and flys. Ultralight to basecamp structures. Constructing natural and emergency shelters.
  7. Tools: Knives, axes, multitools, and saws. Design, materials, intended use, quality. Safe use. Proper maintenance.
  8. Camp stoves, lanterns, head lamps, flashlights.
  9. Back Packing: Designs of back packs, materials, intended use, selecting a back pack, what goes in your backpack, selecting a backpack, Ultralight backpacking.
  10. Fire types and starting fires.
  11. Extreme survival. Surviving in wet, cold, freezing, and hot conditions. Kits for survival.
  12. Knot tying. Useful knots everyone should know.
  13. Basic wilderness first aid for wounds, broken bones, hypothermia, shock, and more.
  14. Water and Food. Gathering edible plants and animals for every day eating and survival conditions.
  15. Wilderness travel. Navigation/route finding including map study, compass use and GPS, spot, and other electronic aid. Understanding weather. Travelling on foot, with canoes and kayaks. Horse and dog packing. Crossing streams and rivers. Traveling over snow. Swimming.
  16. Outdoor and emergency cooking.
  17. Poisonous plants and dangerous insects and animals. Bear spray and protection firearms.
  18. Optics. Binoculars and spotting scopes. What makes good optics. What is resolution.
  19. Combining outdoor living with minimalism and frugalism for healthy and rewarding lifestyles.