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Pathfinder Basic Survival Class (3 days, 2 nights) 

2.5 CEU's

A Patch Qualification Course

The purpose of the Basic Survival Class is to provide students with the knowledge to survive a 72 hr. emergency scenario, using the 10 C's of Survivability (kit items). The multi-functionality of the items within the kit will be discussed, demonstrated and applied to self-aid situations, Fire Craft, Shelter Construction and Water Collection.

Basic does not mean easy - It means the essential facts or principles of a subject or skill. Our essentials will revolutionize your outdoor training by pushing you beyond the limits you would otherwise push yourself. During the course, you can expect to walk roughly 3-4 miles You will be carrying your gear (approx.35lb) as well as materials for projects. Most of which you will collect off the landscape.

You will complete various timed exercises individually and as part of a team. Each deliverable is designed to make you more self-reliant. If you don't give up on yourself, we won't give up on you. We work in an EDI (Educate, Demonstrate, Imitate) fashion of training. The pace is dictated by the student(s).

Click Here for the Required Equipment List

IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level in the woods, the Basic class is intense and is the foundation from which all Pathfinder School classes are built.

A broad overview of requirements / what you can expect - Most of these tasks will be performed while carrying your gear.

  • hikes of 1-2 miles
  • collection of sticks and other materials off the landscape
  • navigation courses over terrain which may be muddy or uneven
  • dealing with the elements (Hot, Cold, Rain, Snow, etc.)
  • As part of the final exercise: On the 2nd night, you will sleep in a temporary shelter that you construct and will have access to limited gear. No exceptions will be made unless you leave the course entirely.

Port-a-Pots are located approximately 400 yards from the base camp near the parking area.

Water will be available from jugs located in Base Camp. We continually check the water supply to make sure it is readily available.

We do not allow anyone to remain at camp without an instructor present

If you suffer from a medical condition that requires medication, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you undergo surgery or a hospital stay within 30 days of the class, DO NOT attempt this course.

Highly recommend - physically prepare yourself at least 1-3 months in advance of this class. Based on your “starting point” physical condition.

  • Hiking: uneven terrain will provide the most benefit.
  • Walking: (at least 3-5 times weekly) for 5K
  • Work your way up to a pack weight of 50lb before the class begins

As the premier school for self-reliance, our training exceeds that of any other school in the nation; so please take it seriously and take the time to physically prepare.

This class is the Foundation, without it, you may not pass higher-level classes. No refunds will be issued for classes you do not pass or those you quit.

Non-Patch Qualification Policy

  • When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Basic Survival (by going for the patch).
  • If you fall behind but are doing your best, we will support your effort 100%! We will encourage you to keep it up and complete the course to the best of your ability.
  •  Should you be unable to keep up with the group due to physical injury or other health problem(s), we will go above and beyond to assist you by aiding in your mobility, administering hydration and personal motivation! Should those efforts fail, leaving you unable to complete the course, we will need to ask you to leave the school grounds.
  • If you (tap out) quit at any point, a helper will be assigned to aid you in packing up your gear and you will need to exit the school grounds.
  • Again, it is PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, to complete the course without qualifying for the patch, just let your instructor know that this is your desire.

    Qualifications Issued

    • To those graduating from the course, a Basic Class Patch and Certificate of Completion, signed by the Instructional staff will be issued to you.
    • To those remaining throughout the course but did not meet the requirements of Patch Qualification, a Certificate of Training shall be issued to you, signed by the Instructional staff.
    • Both documents note Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) awarded.

      Age Requirements

      • Any student under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
      • Young Adults 13+ are full price
      • Children 10-12 yrs. old attend FREE (one child per paying student)
      • This class is not recommended for youths under age 13.
      • Children ages 10-12 must remain with their parent/guardian at all times.
      • Children ages 10-12 will not qualify for a patch.

        If your child is left in camp repeatedly or left alone to be cared for by staff, you may be asked to leave the class.

        If you bring a minor that is not your child, you must have a signed Emergency Care Authorization form filled out by that child's parent(s) or legal guardian. Reference your Confirmation email for this document.

        Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be no camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the classes conclude.

        Each class is instructed by highly trained and professional outdoor/wilderness instructors. Each instructor teaches the Pathfinder School system and is authorized by Dave Canterbury. Instructors, including Dave Canterbury, can vary class to class.

        Basic Survival Equipment List

        • Camping is Primitive (Tent/Hammock) and Walk-In Only
        • Food is not provided, so bring adequate food and snacks
        • Electrolyte drink mixes are recommended (Gatorade, Powerade, or Jello)
        • Port-a-Potties are located 400 yards from Base Camp and serve as the only means of restroom facilities

        The following items are the REQUIRED Items to be used for the completion of the Pathfinder Basic Survival course. Each student MUST have their own equipment to complete the required deliverable tasks. While you may substitute items, doing so is at your own risk and may prevent you from completing assigned tasks.

        NOTE: IF YOU NEED TO ORDER ITEMS FROM SELF RELIANCE OUTFITTERS YOU MUST DO SO NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO CLASS TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR GEAR. ORDERS CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO THE SCHOOL PROPERTY FOR PICK UP.

        The 10 C's of Survivability refer to the 10 Categories of Tools used in survival. Please separate the 10 C's into an easily manageable backpack or haversack (shoulder bag) as these are the primary tools you will utilize:

        1) Cutting Tools:

        2) Combustion Devices: Fire Kit Components

        3) Cover: Emergency Shelter

        4) Cordage:

        5) Container: Drinking & Cooking

        6) Compass

        7) Cloth & Repair

        • 3' x 3' of 100% Cotton Material (Shemagh or XXXL Orange T Shirt)
        • Scrap Cotton material like an old T (100% Cotton)
        • (1)  #14 Sail Needle

        8) Candling Device: Lighting

        9) Cargo: Tape

        10) Combination Tool: Multi Tools

        • Leatherman Style Multi Tool or Swiss Army Knife

         

        Additionally you will need:

        • All Weather Notebook/ Journal
        • 3 Pencils/ All Weather Pens
        • Clothes appropriate for weather conditions. 
        • appropriate Hygiene Items
        • Bring any food & snacks that you need (no meals are provided)
        • Bring any and all medications for personal use including bug sprays (especially those that repel ticks) as well as first aid items that are appropriate for the outdoor environment (especially items for poison ivy).

         

        You may camp with a Tent or Hammock and you are not limited to what you may bring. We recommend leaving coolers in vehicle and taking items out as needed during breaks as they are given. 

        Exxon Gas Station located at 7575 Rte. 327 Wellston, OH 45692 (740) 384-4767 at 8am on the first day of class (unless otherwise noted in the individual class description). A Pathfinder Instructor will be there to meet you.  From there you will be lead to the school property.

        Nearby Hotels:

        Comfort Inn

        605 E. Main St, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-7581

        Aprrox. 8.1 miles (12 minutes) from class meeting location.

        Approx. 10.9 miles (27 minutes) from the School Property

        Days Inn 

        972 E Main St, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-3464

        Aprrox. 7.7 miles (9 minutes) from class meeting location.

        Approx. 10.4 miles (24 minutes) from the School Property

        Red Roof Inn

        1000 Acy Ave, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 288-1200

        Aprrox. 7.8 miles (10 minutes) from class meeting location.

        Approx. 10.6 miles (24 minutes) from the School Property

         

        Nearby Camp Grounds:

        Lake Alma State Park

        422 Lake Alma Road, Wellston, OH 45692 - Reservations (866) 644-6727 Park Office (740) 384-4474

        Aprrox. 3.1 miles (7 minutes) from class meeting location.

        Jackson Lake State Park

        35 Tommy Been Road, Oak Hill, OH 45656 - Reservations (866) 644-6727 Park Office (740) 682-6197

        Approx. 21.3 miles (29 minutes) from class meeting location.

        All students must read, agree, and sign a Liability Waiver and Release form for the Pathfinder School LLC and the venue prior to attending the course. This can be signed brought to the course and given to staff upon arrival. No student will attend training without both forms being on file. Please note we do not share this information with anyone.

        Click here for the Pathfinder School Liability Waiver and Release. 

        If you need to cancel..

        Once you purchase a class for The Pathfinder School, the Pathfinder Gathering, or for a Self Reliance Outfitters store event, you have up to 14 days before the event or class to cancel and receive a refund. This provides us time to open the spot for someone else to purchase. 

        Any cancellations past that threshold will not be eligible for a refund. A cancellation due to an emergency will be handled on a case by case basis and will only be eligible for a store gift card.

        If you do not show up for a class or event your registration fees are forfeited and no refunds or store credits will be issued.

        If a class gets canceled...

        We require a minimum of 5 to 10 students to conduct a class (depending on the class).  If a class needs to be cancelled due to an insufficient number of registrations, you will be contacted by phone or email. You will then have the option to transfer to another class (if available), receive a store gift card, or a refund.

        Please note: The Pathfinder School LLC is not responsible for travel expenses, airline tickets, or other accommodations if a class is cancelled.

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        *Pathfinder Classes are not eligible for discounts.

        Pathfinder Basic Survival Class (3 days, 2 nights) 

        2.5 CEU's

        A Patch Qualification Course

        The purpose of the Basic Survival Class is to provide students with the knowledge to survive a 72 hr. emergency scenario, using the 10 C's of Survivability (kit items). The multi-functionality of the items within the kit will be discussed, demonstrated and applied to self-aid situations, Fire Craft, Shelter Construction and Water Collection.

        Basic does not mean easy - It means the essential facts or principles of a subject or skill. Our essentials will revolutionize your outdoor training by pushing you beyond the limits you would otherwise push yourself. During the course, you can expect to walk roughly 3-4 miles You will be carrying your gear (approx.35lb) as well as materials for projects. Most of which you will collect off the landscape.

        You will complete various timed exercises individually and as part of a team. Each deliverable is designed to make you more self-reliant. If you don't give up on yourself, we won't give up on you. We work in an EDI (Educate, Demonstrate, Imitate) fashion of training. The pace is dictated by the student(s).

        Click Here for the Required Equipment List

        IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level in the woods, the Basic class is intense and is the foundation from which all Pathfinder School classes are built.

        A broad overview of requirements / what you can expect - Most of these tasks will be performed while carrying your gear.

        • hikes of 1-2 miles
        • collection of sticks and other materials off the landscape
        • navigation courses over terrain which may be muddy or uneven
        • dealing with the elements (Hot, Cold, Rain, Snow, etc.)
        • As part of the final exercise: On the 2nd night, you will sleep in a temporary shelter that you construct and will have access to limited gear. No exceptions will be made unless you leave the course entirely.

        Port-a-Pots are located approximately 400 yards from the base camp near the parking area.

        Water will be available from jugs located in Base Camp. We continually check the water supply to make sure it is readily available.

        We do not allow anyone to remain at camp without an instructor present

        If you suffer from a medical condition that requires medication, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you undergo surgery or a hospital stay within 30 days of the class, DO NOT attempt this course.

        Highly recommend - physically prepare yourself at least 1-3 months in advance of this class. Based on your “starting point” physical condition.

        • Hiking: uneven terrain will provide the most benefit.
        • Walking: (at least 3-5 times weekly) for 5K
        • Work your way up to a pack weight of 50lb before the class begins

        As the premier school for self-reliance, our training exceeds that of any other school in the nation; so please take it seriously and take the time to physically prepare.

        This class is the Foundation, without it, you may not pass higher-level classes. No refunds will be issued for classes you do not pass or those you quit.

        Non-Patch Qualification Policy

        • When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Basic Survival (by going for the patch).
        • If you fall behind but are doing your best, we will support your effort 100%! We will encourage you to keep it up and complete the course to the best of your ability.
        •  Should you be unable to keep up with the group due to physical injury or other health problem(s), we will go above and beyond to assist you by aiding in your mobility, administering hydration and personal motivation! Should those efforts fail, leaving you unable to complete the course, we will need to ask you to leave the school grounds.
        • If you (tap out) quit at any point, a helper will be assigned to aid you in packing up your gear and you will need to exit the school grounds.
        • Again, it is PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, to complete the course without qualifying for the patch, just let your instructor know that this is your desire.

          Qualifications Issued

          • To those graduating from the course, a Basic Class Patch and Certificate of Completion, signed by the Instructional staff will be issued to you.
          • To those remaining throughout the course but did not meet the requirements of Patch Qualification, a Certificate of Training shall be issued to you, signed by the Instructional staff.
          • Both documents note Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) awarded.

            Age Requirements

            • Any student under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
            • Young Adults 13+ are full price
            • Children 10-12 yrs. old attend FREE (one child per paying student)
            • This class is not recommended for youths under age 13.
            • Children ages 10-12 must remain with their parent/guardian at all times.
            • Children ages 10-12 will not qualify for a patch.

              If your child is left in camp repeatedly or left alone to be cared for by staff, you may be asked to leave the class.

              If you bring a minor that is not your child, you must have a signed Emergency Care Authorization form filled out by that child's parent(s) or legal guardian. Reference your Confirmation email for this document.

              Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be no camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the classes conclude.

              Each class is instructed by highly trained and professional outdoor/wilderness instructors. Each instructor teaches the Pathfinder School system and is authorized by Dave Canterbury. Instructors, including Dave Canterbury, can vary class to class.

              Basic Survival Equipment List

              • Camping is Primitive (Tent/Hammock) and Walk-In Only
              • Food is not provided, so bring adequate food and snacks
              • Electrolyte drink mixes are recommended (Gatorade, Powerade, or Jello)
              • Port-a-Potties are located 400 yards from Base Camp and serve as the only means of restroom facilities

              The following items are the REQUIRED Items to be used for the completion of the Pathfinder Basic Survival course. Each student MUST have their own equipment to complete the required deliverable tasks. While you may substitute items, doing so is at your own risk and may prevent you from completing assigned tasks.

              NOTE: IF YOU NEED TO ORDER ITEMS FROM SELF RELIANCE OUTFITTERS YOU MUST DO SO NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO CLASS TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR GEAR. ORDERS CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO THE SCHOOL PROPERTY FOR PICK UP.

              The 10 C's of Survivability refer to the 10 Categories of Tools used in survival. Please separate the 10 C's into an easily manageable backpack or haversack (shoulder bag) as these are the primary tools you will utilize:

              1) Cutting Tools:

              2) Combustion Devices: Fire Kit Components

              3) Cover: Emergency Shelter

              4) Cordage:

              5) Container: Drinking & Cooking

              6) Compass

              7) Cloth & Repair

              • 3' x 3' of 100% Cotton Material (Shemagh or XXXL Orange T Shirt)
              • Scrap Cotton material like an old T (100% Cotton)
              • (1)  #14 Sail Needle

              8) Candling Device: Lighting

              9) Cargo: Tape

              10) Combination Tool: Multi Tools

              • Leatherman Style Multi Tool or Swiss Army Knife

               

              Additionally you will need:

              • All Weather Notebook/ Journal
              • 3 Pencils/ All Weather Pens
              • Clothes appropriate for weather conditions. 
              • appropriate Hygiene Items
              • Bring any food & snacks that you need (no meals are provided)
              • Bring any and all medications for personal use including bug sprays (especially those that repel ticks) as well as first aid items that are appropriate for the outdoor environment (especially items for poison ivy).

               

              You may camp with a Tent or Hammock and you are not limited to what you may bring. We recommend leaving coolers in vehicle and taking items out as needed during breaks as they are given. 

              Exxon Gas Station located at 7575 Rte. 327 Wellston, OH 45692 (740) 384-4767 at 8am on the first day of class (unless otherwise noted in the individual class description). A Pathfinder Instructor will be there to meet you.  From there you will be lead to the school property.

              Nearby Hotels:

              Comfort Inn

              605 E. Main St, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-7581

              Aprrox. 8.1 miles (12 minutes) from class meeting location.

              Approx. 10.9 miles (27 minutes) from the School Property

              Days Inn 

              972 E Main St, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-3464

              Aprrox. 7.7 miles (9 minutes) from class meeting location.

              Approx. 10.4 miles (24 minutes) from the School Property

              Red Roof Inn

              1000 Acy Ave, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 288-1200

              Aprrox. 7.8 miles (10 minutes) from class meeting location.

              Approx. 10.6 miles (24 minutes) from the School Property

               

              Nearby Camp Grounds:

              Lake Alma State Park

              422 Lake Alma Road, Wellston, OH 45692 - Reservations (866) 644-6727 Park Office (740) 384-4474

              Aprrox. 3.1 miles (7 minutes) from class meeting location.

              Jackson Lake State Park

              35 Tommy Been Road, Oak Hill, OH 45656 - Reservations (866) 644-6727 Park Office (740) 682-6197

              Approx. 21.3 miles (29 minutes) from class meeting location.

              All students must read, agree, and sign a Liability Waiver and Release form for the Pathfinder School LLC and the venue prior to attending the course. This can be signed brought to the course and given to staff upon arrival. No student will attend training without both forms being on file. Please note we do not share this information with anyone.

              Click here for the Pathfinder School Liability Waiver and Release. 

              If you need to cancel..

              Once you purchase a class for The Pathfinder School, the Pathfinder Gathering, or for a Self Reliance Outfitters store event, you have up to 14 days before the event or class to cancel and receive a refund. This provides us time to open the spot for someone else to purchase. 

              Any cancellations past that threshold will not be eligible for a refund. A cancellation due to an emergency will be handled on a case by case basis and will only be eligible for a store gift card.

              If you do not show up for a class or event your registration fees are forfeited and no refunds or store credits will be issued.

              If a class gets canceled...

              We require a minimum of 5 to 10 students to conduct a class (depending on the class).  If a class needs to be cancelled due to an insufficient number of registrations, you will be contacted by phone or email. You will then have the option to transfer to another class (if available), receive a store gift card, or a refund.

              Please note: The Pathfinder School LLC is not responsible for travel expenses, airline tickets, or other accommodations if a class is cancelled.

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              m.e.
              Hell of a fun ride

              First off this class isn’t going to be easy at all if you live west of the Rocky Mountains do not train in shorts & a t-shirt, it’s not helpful I enjoyed this class but would have had a much easier time if i had been prepared for humid conditions
              Training in a long sleeve & sweatpants will somewhat help you adjust to humidity... an unrelenting source of “discomfort “ you will learn lots and enjoy it buuut beware shade is not equal to the blissful relief you get out west. Acclimation is not something you can achieve in a day or two ! So my tip for success is training hot and adopt a hydration practice well in advance will be most effective in carrying you through this class !! Tic’s and bugs out in Ohio are prejudiced against the locals and WILL find you to be far sweeter so go prepared to remove lots of them ! I only wish that all 12 of my freeloading stowaway’s didn’t leave so many holes in me 😏 I had to medically tap out after first day due to health issues & I plan on returning a whole lot wiser than before ! again I cannot recommend this class more!! But buyers beware 5 miles in Atlanta airport carrying a 50 lb bag 2 nights before I barely broke a sweat but 38% humidity exponentially reduces your body’s ability to self cool so training in hellish hot is only way to ease climate transition had a great time cannot wait to get back!!😎👍

              R
              R.
              Amazing! Though! But so Worth-it!

              This is one of the most rewarding experience ever! I brought the right tools from the basic survival gear list; Dave, Shawn, and Paul added the outstanding knowledge for survival training; and I absorbed, grasped, and practiced the skills to survive. Given, this basic survival course is not for sissies, so prepare yourself. Hike 3 miles a day, 3-4 times a week with your backpack, clothes, and shoes (break them in). Be ready to walk in wet and muddy terrain, through bushes, and thorns. Watch the YouTube videos from: David Canterbury and Shawn Kelly. Even after I did those things. On the 2nd day it got tough for me, I failed one of the directives, and I beat myself up for it. I also started having a headache, but I was determined not to quit or even show how tired, hungry and stressed I was. (I didn't bring enough snacks). Nevertheless, at the end, it was all worth it! I learned knowledge and skills on how to gather the right materials, different ways to light up fires, knots, navigation, SOS signaling, and ultimately, the confidence that I need to survive. The harder the goal the more rewarding the result! I will be practicing everything that I've learned until I can do it with my eyes closed and both my right and my left hand, 'like Dave'. I will also be preparing and be looking forward to next year, Intermediate Survival Course. If you think you are tougher than a 5 feet tall little lady like me ;) . You will learn! You will Succeed! and You will survive! This is a 5+++ Star Course!

              R
              R.G.
              Take. This. Class!

              My wife and I took this class in October 2020, it was everything we had hoped for, and a literal truck load more! Dave, Shawn, Kevin, Paul, and Anthony were first rate instructors, and are genuinely wonderful people and continue to inspire us every day.
              The class itself was difficult at times (mostly due to the cold nights and my wife really struggled with land-nav), but it was worth every second. I loved the experience so much that I’m taking it again on my birthday, and moving on to the more advanced classes.
              This will probably be my springtime ritual, take the Basic course just to knock the winter rust off.
              10/10 I will recommend this to literally anyone and everyone interested in bettering their skills for the outdoors.
              One final thought: always bring a wool blanket, even if you don’t need it and leave it in your car, there is always that chance that you will want it in the middle of the night.

              J
              J.F.
              My wife and I had an incredible time!

              Yes, we both earned our patches, but it was by no means easy. Heat and humidity hit us very hard the first day, and we had to get our heads in the game (this was the first time she experienced heat exhaustion – emergency help was not required but she felt like quitting but didn’t). This mental/physical component was invaluable since most people will be stressed and/or scared during true emergencies. Two people left the first day and another the following day. We researched and practiced skills ahead of time, which helped us succeed. Bring the gear they recommend because classmates with sub-par gear would not have completed tasks (i.e. thorns shred standard trash bags) had others not shared. Instructors adapt their teaching to the weather and expect only what is doable and not the impossible. Each deliverable was tough but attainable. The instructors are both knowledgeable and humble. Each module is executed professionally, and I can’t recommend this class highly enough. I found my gear was more multifunctional than I previously knew and the skills I learned were repeatable, as I have continued to practice them for fun with my family. I look forward to the day when I can re-take this class with my kids, but for now I need to find a babysitter so my wife and I can take the next level class!

              L
              L.
              An absolute great experience!

              I took this class because I will be going on solo outdoor hiking, camping and backpacking trips with multiple days in the woods / on trail & I need to know what to do in an emergency. I did a lot of investigation & research before choosing Pathfinder. Since I could not find anyone to go with me, I decided to take the class on my own. I was the only female at camp & everyone was great. The entire group of instructors was encouraging, supportive and wanted me to succeed. Dave was involved with everything from start to finish, even giving direct tips to students. Despite it getting dark, instruction continued until everything was taken care of for the day, so prepare for long days. Anyone can do this with a positive mindset & determination not to quit. If you want it badly enough, you'll make it happen. Tips: 1) Buy exactly what is on the gear list. 2) Don't try to get something else as a replacement. 3) Physically prepare as recommended. My pack was 34 pounds. I'm 5'5. Despite physically preparing (running, rucks, lifting weights, etc) I'll admit, I struggled the first day, falling down multiple times on outings (rough terrain & mud.) I'd get back up each time because I was not going to quit. On day 2, I was carrying that pack like a boss. I highly recommend this class. The knowledge you take away will be your best equipment to take in the woods & it doesn't weigh anything. It's tough but worth it!


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              m.e.
              Hell of a fun ride

              First off this class isn’t going to be easy at all if you live west of the Rocky Mountains do not train in shorts & a t-shirt, it’s not helpful I enjoyed this class but would have had a much easier time if i had been prepared for humid conditions
              Training in a long sleeve & sweatpants will somewhat help you adjust to humidity... an unrelenting source of “discomfort “ you will learn lots and enjoy it buuut beware shade is not equal to the blissful relief you get out west. Acclimation is not something you can achieve in a day or two ! So my tip for success is training hot and adopt a hydration practice well in advance will be most effective in carrying you through this class !! Tic’s and bugs out in Ohio are prejudiced against the locals and WILL find you to be far sweeter so go prepared to remove lots of them ! I only wish that all 12 of my freeloading stowaway’s didn’t leave so many holes in me 😏 I had to medically tap out after first day due to health issues & I plan on returning a whole lot wiser than before ! again I cannot recommend this class more!! But buyers beware 5 miles in Atlanta airport carrying a 50 lb bag 2 nights before I barely broke a sweat but 38% humidity exponentially reduces your body’s ability to self cool so training in hellish hot is only way to ease climate transition had a great time cannot wait to get back!!😎👍

              R
              R.
              Amazing! Though! But so Worth-it!

              This is one of the most rewarding experience ever! I brought the right tools from the basic survival gear list; Dave, Shawn, and Paul added the outstanding knowledge for survival training; and I absorbed, grasped, and practiced the skills to survive. Given, this basic survival course is not for sissies, so prepare yourself. Hike 3 miles a day, 3-4 times a week with your backpack, clothes, and shoes (break them in). Be ready to walk in wet and muddy terrain, through bushes, and thorns. Watch the YouTube videos from: David Canterbury and Shawn Kelly. Even after I did those things. On the 2nd day it got tough for me, I failed one of the directives, and I beat myself up for it. I also started having a headache, but I was determined not to quit or even show how tired, hungry and stressed I was. (I didn't bring enough snacks). Nevertheless, at the end, it was all worth it! I learned knowledge and skills on how to gather the right materials, different ways to light up fires, knots, navigation, SOS signaling, and ultimately, the confidence that I need to survive. The harder the goal the more rewarding the result! I will be practicing everything that I've learned until I can do it with my eyes closed and both my right and my left hand, 'like Dave'. I will also be preparing and be looking forward to next year, Intermediate Survival Course. If you think you are tougher than a 5 feet tall little lady like me ;) . You will learn! You will Succeed! and You will survive! This is a 5+++ Star Course!

              R
              R.G.
              Take. This. Class!

              My wife and I took this class in October 2020, it was everything we had hoped for, and a literal truck load more! Dave, Shawn, Kevin, Paul, and Anthony were first rate instructors, and are genuinely wonderful people and continue to inspire us every day.
              The class itself was difficult at times (mostly due to the cold nights and my wife really struggled with land-nav), but it was worth every second. I loved the experience so much that I’m taking it again on my birthday, and moving on to the more advanced classes.
              This will probably be my springtime ritual, take the Basic course just to knock the winter rust off.
              10/10 I will recommend this to literally anyone and everyone interested in bettering their skills for the outdoors.
              One final thought: always bring a wool blanket, even if you don’t need it and leave it in your car, there is always that chance that you will want it in the middle of the night.

              J
              J.F.
              My wife and I had an incredible time!

              Yes, we both earned our patches, but it was by no means easy. Heat and humidity hit us very hard the first day, and we had to get our heads in the game (this was the first time she experienced heat exhaustion – emergency help was not required but she felt like quitting but didn’t). This mental/physical component was invaluable since most people will be stressed and/or scared during true emergencies. Two people left the first day and another the following day. We researched and practiced skills ahead of time, which helped us succeed. Bring the gear they recommend because classmates with sub-par gear would not have completed tasks (i.e. thorns shred standard trash bags) had others not shared. Instructors adapt their teaching to the weather and expect only what is doable and not the impossible. Each deliverable was tough but attainable. The instructors are both knowledgeable and humble. Each module is executed professionally, and I can’t recommend this class highly enough. I found my gear was more multifunctional than I previously knew and the skills I learned were repeatable, as I have continued to practice them for fun with my family. I look forward to the day when I can re-take this class with my kids, but for now I need to find a babysitter so my wife and I can take the next level class!

              L
              L.
              An absolute great experience!

              I took this class because I will be going on solo outdoor hiking, camping and backpacking trips with multiple days in the woods / on trail & I need to know what to do in an emergency. I did a lot of investigation & research before choosing Pathfinder. Since I could not find anyone to go with me, I decided to take the class on my own. I was the only female at camp & everyone was great. The entire group of instructors was encouraging, supportive and wanted me to succeed. Dave was involved with everything from start to finish, even giving direct tips to students. Despite it getting dark, instruction continued until everything was taken care of for the day, so prepare for long days. Anyone can do this with a positive mindset & determination not to quit. If you want it badly enough, you'll make it happen. Tips: 1) Buy exactly what is on the gear list. 2) Don't try to get something else as a replacement. 3) Physically prepare as recommended. My pack was 34 pounds. I'm 5'5. Despite physically preparing (running, rucks, lifting weights, etc) I'll admit, I struggled the first day, falling down multiple times on outings (rough terrain & mud.) I'd get back up each time because I was not going to quit. On day 2, I was carrying that pack like a boss. I highly recommend this class. The knowledge you take away will be your best equipment to take in the woods & it doesn't weigh anything. It's tough but worth it!

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