If you want to learn, we can teach you!

Whatever your outdoor interests and level of experience, we have the course for you. Our small group sizes make certain you get individual attention. All of our courses require only a low to average fitness level and no special skills, so anyone can come and join us.

Whether it's the core skills of Outdoor Essentials, the fun challenges of Wilderness Survival, or the relaxed atmosphere of Bushcraft Experience, you will find your perfect match. 

 

Outdoor Essentials

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Duration: 1 day (09:30-16:30)

Price: $119/person

Min age: 12 (participants under age 18 must have a guardian)

Learn core skills that will significantly improve your confidence and safety outdoors. Whether you are a dog walker, day hiker, overnight backpacker, mountain biker or just interested in learning something new, the fact that you're still reading means Outdoor Essentials is for you!

You will learn:

  • Trip planning
  • Hazard assessment
  • Survival priorities
  • Essential equipment
  • Safe, efficient knife, axe and saw use
  • Essential knots
  • Wildlife awareness
  • Basic shelter construction
  • Fire lighting techniques
  • Staying on track and getting unlost
  • Signalling for rescue
  • Map and compass navigation

Dates - Outdoor Essentials

Sep 29, 2018
Oct 27, 2018

 

Wilderness Survival

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Duration: 4 day/3 night (12:00 day 1-12:00 day 4)

Price: $949/person

Includes: 3 meals per day

Min age: 12 (participants under age 18 must have a guardian)

The wild, unpredictable ways of nature, that inspire us to explore the wilderness, can turn a simple hike into a wilderness survival experience.

With your instructor beside you every step of the way, learn and practice vital survival skills that will dramatically improve your ability to cope with unexpected, dangerous situations in the wild. With a full 72 hours in the wilderness, you will also experience the mental component of survival through fun and challenging test scenarios.

You will learn:

  • Trip planning
  • Hazard assessment
  • Survival priorities
  • Essential equipment
  • Safe, efficient knife, axe and saw use
  • Essential knots
  • Wildlife awareness
  • Basic shelter construction
  • Natural shelter construction, with or without tools
  • Advanced fire lighting techniques
  • Staying on track and getting unlost
  • Signalling for rescue
  • Map and compass navigation
  • Natural navigation
  • Locating water and making it safe
  • Finding and preparing wild edible and medicinal plants
  • Tracking animals

Dates - Wilderness Survival

Sep 20 - 23, 2018

 

Bushcraft Experience

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Duration: 4 day/3 night (12:00 day 1-12:00 day 4)

Price: $949/person

Includes: 3 meals per day

Min age: 12 (participants under age 18 must have a guardian)

Learn skills that will open the wilderness up to you. Skills that have been with us for millennia. Skills that will allow you to replace equipment with knowledge and let you thrive rather than survive in the outdoors.

Bushcraft Experience will increase your comfort in wilderness settings. If you're roughing it, you're doing it wrong! By adapting to your surroundings and using the materials that nature provides, you will learn to craft the items you need to live in harmony with nature, and at nature’s pace. We can carry a ton of equipment or a ton of knowledge. As Bushcrafters, we choose knowledge… it weighs less!

You will learn:

  • Essential equipment
  • Safe, efficient knife, axe and saw use
  • Natural shelter construction, with or without tools
  • Making a warm and comfortable bed
  • Fire lighting techniques
  • Map and compass navigation
  • Natural navigation
  • Locating water and making it safe
  • Finding and preparing wild edible and medicinal plants
  • Tracking animals
  • Making cordage from natural materials
  • Using fire as a carving tool

Dates - Bushcraft Experience

Sep 20 - 23, 2018

 

Custom Course

Looking for something unique for your family, group or organization? From corporate team building to a zombie apocalypse scenario: if you can get a few people together, we will work with you to create your perfect custom experience!

We may also accommodate special courses or pricing for not-for-profit organizations: let us know what you have in mind...


Location

Outdoor Essentials is taught in and around Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC.

Wilderness Survival and Bushcraft Experience courses are conducted in the incredible South Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia. This unspoilt wilderness region is located approximately 150km north of Whistler, 5-6 hrs from Vancouver by road.