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Intermediate Survival Class

4 Day, 3 Night Course, 3.5 CEU's

The Intermediate course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced class. We will be focusing on relying less on modern conveniences by implementing primitive survival techniques and practices that will better prepare them for longer-term wilderness living. Students in this class will experience sleep, food, and water deprivation and will be expected to Trek distances up to 10K and make fire by friction off the landscape to pass this course.

Click Here for Required Equipment List

Class Outline

  • Principle of Shelter Craft
  • Roving Camps vs Base Camp mentality
  • Friction and Percussion Fire
  • Water Collection and Disinfection
  • Navigation by Terrain and Celestial Bodies
  • Map Reading and Self Mapping
  • Resource Management
  • Crafting usable objects for a Camp Setting
  • Primitive Hunting Implements and Trapping
  • Foraging and Medicinal Trees
  • Preserving Meat sources
  • Hikes of 5+ miles (with your gear) at a time to collect sticks and other materials off the landscape
  • Navigation over uneven and potentially very muddy terrain while carrying your gear
  • As part of the final exercise (night 3) you will be required to sleep in a bush camp shelter that you will construct. You will have limited gear for comfort- no exceptions are made, if you cannot make fire, you simply will not have it.

IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level in the woods, the Pioneer class is an intense class and is definitely a few steps above the Basic class.

*It is strongly recommended that you take the Basic class before Intermediate.

Facilities - Port-a-Pots are located approximately 400 yards from 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

 

Preparing for the Class:

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 3-4 times weekly) for 5K-10K
  • Work your way up to a pack weight of 50lb

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.

Non-Patch Qualification Policy

  • When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Intermediate 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 Intermediate 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 Requirement: Students must be at least 16 years of age to attend this course. It's strongly recommended that they have completed a Basic Survival course prior to enrollment.

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 concludes. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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 concludes.

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/event and given to staff upon arrival. No student will attend training/event 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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Intermediate Survival Class - OHIO

$500.00 USD

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*Pathfinder Classes are not eligible for discounts.

Intermediate Survival Class

4 Day, 3 Night Course, 3.5 CEU's

The Intermediate course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced class. We will be focusing on relying less on modern conveniences by implementing primitive survival techniques and practices that will better prepare them for longer-term wilderness living. Students in this class will experience sleep, food, and water deprivation and will be expected to Trek distances up to 10K and make fire by friction off the landscape to pass this course.

Click Here for Required Equipment List

Class Outline

  • Principle of Shelter Craft
  • Roving Camps vs Base Camp mentality
  • Friction and Percussion Fire
  • Water Collection and Disinfection
  • Navigation by Terrain and Celestial Bodies
  • Map Reading and Self Mapping
  • Resource Management
  • Crafting usable objects for a Camp Setting
  • Primitive Hunting Implements and Trapping
  • Foraging and Medicinal Trees
  • Preserving Meat sources
  • Hikes of 5+ miles (with your gear) at a time to collect sticks and other materials off the landscape
  • Navigation over uneven and potentially very muddy terrain while carrying your gear
  • As part of the final exercise (night 3) you will be required to sleep in a bush camp shelter that you will construct. You will have limited gear for comfort- no exceptions are made, if you cannot make fire, you simply will not have it.

IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level in the woods, the Pioneer class is an intense class and is definitely a few steps above the Basic class.

*It is strongly recommended that you take the Basic class before Intermediate.

Facilities - Port-a-Pots are located approximately 400 yards from 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

 

Preparing for the Class:

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 3-4 times weekly) for 5K-10K
  • Work your way up to a pack weight of 50lb

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.

Non-Patch Qualification Policy

  • When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Intermediate 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 Intermediate 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 Requirement: Students must be at least 16 years of age to attend this course. It's strongly recommended that they have completed a Basic Survival course prior to enrollment.

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 concludes. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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 concludes.

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/event and given to staff upon arrival. No student will attend training/event 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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Larry R
Unequivocal experience

The stress itself is almost addictive. Intermediate demands a high level of performance in an overwhelming environment. The certificate of completion by itself commands respect

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Don Dagnall (Ohio, United States)
Don’s Intermediate review

My experience of the intermediate course was one of challenge, mentally, and physically. The course build on the basic course but kicked up a few notches. Taking this class has put my mind into a different area of what I can put myself through and make it out. The course instruction is geared toward the next step passed the basic level, they expect you to know your knots, what materials you need to produce fire, shelter building, and Navigation etc… This course will challenge your physical conditioning above and beyond basic, for anybody taking this class make sure you can hike up to 6 miles with your pack fully loaded. The physical fitness aspect of this class needs to be your top priority. The class builds on the skills you have and the ones you are instructed to do at this course. This class is one of the most beneficial challenges I have ever done in my life. The instructors of this course same as the prior basic course expect a lot from you, and if you don’t quit on them they will not quit on you. I can’t stress enough on what to bring to this course “STICK TO THE LIST” provided under the course description. Do not bring any extras thinking you can just carry them with you during class. On the first day your gear dump will eliminate all contraband not allowed in this course so just save yourself the headache and do not bring anything other than the list unless Dave or Shawn tell you to. This will make gear dump, and check faster so your class get started instead of asking hey can I bring this, the answer will be no stick to the list period. For anyone wanting to take it to the next level of survival training this course is not for the faint at heart, and in my view a highly recommend course for improving your survival skills, and bushcraft skills.

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Kenneth Pettit (South Carolina, United States)
Awesome Experience

It was great having my butt kicked. Mental Game is on point. Physical exertion throughout the unstable terrain is taxing. One suggestion: Use something other than cattle tags to mark nav locations. Marker needs to be visible from any direction, within a 10 meter range. Real World Application, no one will nav to a specific tree. It’ll be to a ridge, water source, hilltop, or valley. Being colorblind blues are gray when nailed to a tree. Other than that small detail. It was AWESOME. Look forward to the Advanced Class in September.

Thanks for what you guys do,

Ken Pettit

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Jess Burchill
Travel Light

I just got back from the Pioneer/Scout class and it was an incredible experience. The class was very well thought out and clearly presented. The skills learned were taught in a sequence that built off each other and were all things that would be invaluable in a real-life survival situation. The instructors, Corporal Sean Kelly and Joshua Enyart were not only masters of their craft, but first rate teachers: patient, helpful and lead by example throughout the 4 day course. The class does several land navigation exercises and you carry your gear each time out. Keep that in mind. From what I observed, the largest issue students faced were centered around their choices in gear- their packs were too heavy. Stick to the gear list provided and do your best to keep it light. Be on top of your basic skills, know your kit inside and out, get some miles on your boots with your gear on your back (gotta be in shape), and most importantly keep a positive mindset and you will do fine.

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Steffan Oswald
Practice practice practice

Before taking this class you should be proficient in bow drill. Make sure you’re physically and mentally ready for a challenge. In my opinion it would be best to own the skills taught in basic class and practice your notches, knots,navigation and bow drill. I ended up tapping out because I was physically and mentally at my breaking point but, I learned what I need to do to pass this class next time.

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