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Wilderness Survival Expedition 1
July 17-22, 2016 Expedition near Mt. Rainier south of Seattle WA
Designed for hikers, backpackers, traditional skills enthusiasts of any level, scout leaders and anyone seeking to gain confidence in wilderness skills. This course helps you help you achieve comfort in the wilderness, with or without supplies from stores like REI, Cabela’s, or your local grocer.
Learn the arts of foraging, shelter building, water purifying, food preserving, fire carrying and more as we travel to one of the best and most beautiful places to live off the land. Learn traditional ways to start fire by friction rendering matches and lighters unnecessary. Learn to find and build natural shelters in case of wilderness emergencies. Learn the most critical wild edible plants for survival, and forage for grubs and other delectable insects which are a safe source of protein in survival situations.
We will use the gifts nature supplies us, including natural bug spray, soap and soft bough beds. We will construct a waterproof lean-to, warm debris beds, safe fire pits, reflective heat walls, and buried hot beds. You will have the option of building a group survival camp, or constructing your own.
Depending on when you feel ready to embark on a solo survival trek, you can spend 1-4 days putting your skills to the test. This is your own wilderness survival trek, and no matter how you choose to do it, we will work to help you make it the most incredible outdoor experience of your life.
Open and geared to ages 18-26 with no prerequisite, while others who have attended our weekend workshops or other camps and expeditions in the past may also be welcome. Ages 9-17 may attend the Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain youth camp running simultaneously.
Goals & Skills Covered:
The goal of this camp session is to prove to yourself that you can survive a wilderness emergency and begin living in traditional comfort. If you already have some experience, this camp is also a good test to see how to take your skills from the “emergency survival” level to the “primitive living” and “stone age living” levels.
Skills covered during this camp session may include, but are not limited to the following list:
- Practice the Critical Order of Emergency Survival.
- Learn the Top 10 Hazards in nature and what to do in case of Cougar & Bear Encounters.
- Emergency, Traditional & Most Practical Survival Shelters. (debris hut, lean-to, wickiup, thatch hut, earth lodge, split cedar cabins, and pit houses, including fire drafting strategies)
- Discover the Best Way To Make A Fire
- Become an expert with the Bow Drill method of fire-by-friction and become introduced to hand drill, pump drill, pressure pump, fire plow, and more.
- Natural Water Purification (seeps, filters, rock boiling, and locating natural springs)
- Honorably Harvest the Top 10 Most Important Survival Plants
- Learn the Top 10 Lostproofing, Navigation & Orienteering Skills including map and compass.
- Learn the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest.
- Cook over an open fire and how to “rock boil.”
- Harvest and cook with cattails, hazelnuts, and more.
- Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios.
- Learn Knife Safety, and even more important, efficient use of tools during survival situations.
- Learn Natural Selection Forestry, using Hatchets & Axes.
- Spin natural rope for your bow-drill kit (double and triple reverse wrap using nettle, fireweed, cedar, etc.)
- Burn out your own bowl and spoon for eating.
- Smoke and jerky wild meats, and make pemmican.
- Fishing, depending on your license.
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at Sahara Creek Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 on the road to Mt Rainier – Paradise. Or use our transportation – 2:00 SeaTac Airport $65; 3:00 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $45; or 2:00-2:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $35.
Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 2:00-2:30 in time for a 2:30-4:30 student-lead survival review workshop and awards ceremony before departing between 4:30-5:00 pm. Or use our transportation to Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station 6:00 Friday $35, or Puyallup Wolf Campus 7-9 pm Friday $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Sahara Creek or Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening Sahara Creek or Puyallup $125; Sunday Morning Sahara Creek or Puyallup $165; Sunday SeaTac Airport $180; Full Week Stayover Until Next Camp $595. To add transportation and stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!
$695 includes all costs. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit below and your balance will be due upon arrival. The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific gear. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices.
Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional week you attend this summer, $10 off per additional family member attending this summer, $10 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and once you’ve attended a program, $10 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the Better Business Bureau and other sites forbid any incentive for writing reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it since it’s hard to get reviews when people are as satisfied as our camp families. Thanks!
Scholarships Availability: This camp involves high labor expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. Expedition scholarships are available for ages 18-25 who drive to Tracking Wolf Country or Wilderness Navigation & Orienteering, as well as for youth ages 9-17 attending Survivors Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout. Click those links to check availability and apply early in case spaces fill up. Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and underprivileged young people. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships which are granted by the Western Outdoor Learning Fund (WOLF Foundation) – a Washington State non-profit organization, independent from Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, whose mission it is to support those wishing to attend programs of earth skills education. To apply, add to your camp registration form answers to the 8 financial aid scholarship questions, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.
Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.
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Refund Policy: If your registration is not accepted, you will receive a full refund on deposits. Otherwise, deposits are not refundable. If you cancel after making further payment, you may receive a credit for future programs, minus deposit, in case of emergency, although additional leniency may be given if you registered more than a month in advance. You will receive a full refund if the program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, except in case of natural disasters or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us for future use whenever the program is rescheduled or whenever space is available in any future program of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave for inappropriateness as determined by our agreements for participation.
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