July 12-17, 2015 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.
Current Enrollment: Open/Available for adults with no prerequisite; a youth camp version also runs 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 $60; 3:00 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $35; or 2:00-2:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $35.
Click for Weekend Departure Details: Final survival challenge is Friday from 1:30-3:30. Departure is from 3:30-4:00. Or use our transportation to Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station 5:00 Friday $35, or Puyallup Wolf Campus 6-9 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 Weekend Stayover $195. To add transportation and weekend stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!
$600 and space is still available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 minimum deposit below and your balance will be due upon arrival.
Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 per additional family member attending this summer, $5 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.
The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case you can’t acquire something. 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.
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.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 253-604-4681 or 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
Our refund policy is that deposits are not refundable unless your registration is not accepted. If you cancel after making additional payment, you may receive a credit for a future program, minus a 25% administration fee of total payments made, in case of emergency. You will receive a full refund if your program is canceled and not rescheduled at a time that you can attend. No refund (and not necessarily any credit) is given if a participant is inappropriate at the program and asked to leave.
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