1872 Pilot Knob Road
Kattskill Bay, NY 12844
Start Time: 8 am (first of the class)
The Intermediate course series is designed to prepare students for the advanced class and is focused on instructing participants to rely less on modern conveniences by implementing primitive survival technology that will better prepare them for longer-term wilderness living. Students will experience sleep, food and water deprivation, Trekking distances up to 10K and will be expected to make fire by friction from materials of the landscape to pass this course.
Keep in mind that nothing is flat in the Adirondacks. In addition to the physical preparation recommended for the Basic Course, students should incorporate hills in their training leading up to any Adirondack Course.
There will be no camping available at the Adirondack Campus prior to the start of the course or after the course has been completed due to insurance restrictions.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.
The Student Parking Lot for the Adirondack Campus is not located near the Base Camp. Students will not have access to vehicles for the duration of the course. There will not be access to electricity or running water. Freshwater will be available at the Base Camp at all times. Latrines (outhouse) are located within 50 meters of the base camp. Shower facilities are not available. Students will be required to stay in temporary survival shelters that they construct for both nights of this course. Tents, hammock systems, and coolers with food are not authorized at the Adirondack Campus as all gear must be carried from the Student Parking Lot to the Base Camp, and students will not be returning to vehicles until completion of the course. Students will not be permitted to leave the campus and stay at a hotel or purchase food while attending the course. No exceptions are made unless you leave the course entirely.
It is strongly recommended that you take this Basic Survival Course before taking any Intermediate or Advanced level courses. This course is the foundation that all other courses are built upon, and without it, you may not be successful at the other courses.
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NOTE: IF YOU NEED TO ORDER ITEMS FROM SELF RELIANCE OUTFITTERS YOU MUST DO SO NO LATER THAN 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO CLASS TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR GEAR. ORDERS CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO THE SCHOOL PROPERTY FOR PICK UP.
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED EQUIPMENT LIST: Weather can change at any time in the mountains and present training participants with emergency weather conditions. In addition to the normal packing list, all students attending a course at the Adirondack Campus must bring the following:
Layered Clothing System:
- Wicking Base Layer: Light or Medium Weight Merino Wool Top and Bottom Recommended
- Insulating Layer: Heavyweight Merino Wool Top and Bottom Recommended
- Durable Layer: Normal street clothes for cold weather (Pants, T-Shirt, Long Sleeve Shirt; 2 sets recommended)
- Wind/Waterproof Layer: Goretex Shell Parka and Pants Recommended
- Wool Hat, Gloves, and Scarf
- Wool Socks (3 Pair Minimum)
- Appropriate Waterproof Boots or Shoes (2 Pair Recommended)
- 30L Dry Bag
This clothing system may be worn as needed or placed in the dry bag on standby (administratively) for emergencies depending on weather conditions.
- 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
IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level in the woods, the Pioneer class is an intense class and is a few steps above what the Basic Survival class was. This class will require hikes of 5+ miles at a time for collecting sticks and navigation courses daily over terrain which may be very muddy and uneven while carrying your gear. Port-a-Pots are located approximately 400 yards from the base camp near the parking area. Water is available from jugs always located in Base Camp. The third night of the course you will be required to sleep in a bush camp shelter that you will construct as part of the final exercise and you will have limited gear for comfort- no exceptions are made, if you cannot make fire, you simply will not have it.
If you suffer from a medical condition or chronic pain, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you have recently undergone surgery or a hospital stay within the last 30 days, DO NOT attempt this course until you have had more time to recuperate.
It is highly recommended that you physically prepare yourself at least a month in advance to this or any other Pathfinder course by hiking/ walking regularly (at least 3 times weekly) for 5K working up to a pack weight of 50lb before the class begins. As the premier school of 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. It is strongly recommended to take the Basic class before taking an Intermediate or Advanced class and recommended that you complete this class before Advanced.
REFUND POLICY: We understand that things can happen. Up until fourteen (14) days prior to the start of the event, tickets may either be refunded or credited forward (students choice, credits must be used within the same calendar year). However, refunds are not authorized after the 14-day window has passed. In addition, no refunds will be issued for classes you do not show up for, do not pass, or those that you fail to complete for any other reason (including voluntarily withdrawing from a course).
PATCH POLICY: This is a Patch Qualification Course. When a student enrolls, it is fully expected that they intend to certify (and earn the patch) for the Basic Survival Course. If you fall behind due to an inability to complete assigned tasks but are still participating in training and attempting to complete them, keeping up with the group, and giving it your best, we will continue to work with you so that you can complete the course to the best of your ability. Should your ability to keep up with the group be hindered by an injury or medical issue, we will go above and beyond to help you by providing additional motivation, administering hydration, or aiding in your mobility for as long as you wish to continue the effort (and doing so will not jeopardize your health).
Should you refuse to participate in the training or voluntarily withdraw from the training (please note that these are both forms of quitting the course and no longer putting forth effort towards completion) you will be required to leave the school grounds immediately. We do not allow ANY students to remain in camp without the instructors’ present. In addition, we do not allow any students to remain after voluntary withdraw from the course.
It is perfectly acceptable to continue the training and complete the course without qualifying for the patch. Simply let the Instructor know that is your desire to continue training. Students that participate, to the best of their ability in all the training and make it to the end, will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Course. Failure to participate in all the training being conducted but staying until the last day is not considered course completion.
Students that have met the minimum requirements and completed the course will be issued a Basic patch and a Certificate of Completion signed by the Instructor Staff. Students who did not meet the minimum requirement, but still completed the course, will only receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Instructor Staff. The certificates will note the 2.5 CEU’s that some employers may recognize as continuing education.
AGE REQUIREMENTS: Any student under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Young Adults 13 yrs. old & older must pay full price. Children 10-12 yrs. old attend FREE (one child per paying student), but do not qualify for a patch. This class is not recommended for youths under age 13. Children ages 10-12 must remain with their parent/guardian at all times. 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 and will fail the course. 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.
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