Priority Survival: Shelter, Fire, Signal

The 80/20 rule applies to most areas of our lives as well as survival. In survival this means that we need to spend most (80%) of our time practicing a few (20%) Priority Skills.

These skills are easy to learn and quick to apply. Example: you can learn the skills in a weekend and if you get lost in the rain you can make a shelter in 3 or 4 minutes. Boom! You just took Mother Nature to school.


  • These are the Core Skills for most emergencies.
  • This is the gear that goes in your day pack or bug out bag.
  • Age, experience, & strength don't matter. Anybody can do this.
  • Find the combination of skills that works for you.
  • Hands-on practice.
  • Light stuff on Fire!

Some of what we'll practice:

  • Make a fire in the worst conditions
  • Build a shelter in minutes
  • Signal for help
  • Carry essential equipment
  • Tie simple knots
  • Knife Craft

This is a great class for our newest members but for our experienced folks you can test your skills with some exciting challenges.

Dress warmly but bring what you would on a regular day hike. If it's raining I'll put up a big tarp so we're not all standing around in the rain. Also bring a pen/pencil and notepad. If you have a clipboard or something firm to write on that will help, too.

Clothing: Rain gear, boots and wool socks, several layers, hat, & gloves.


Be careful about using GPS. It usually leads people past the Lewis & Clark parking lot.

We'll meet in the Lewis and Clark parking lot at 10:00 am then do a quick shuttle down to the Sandy River.

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  • Christi

    Sorry this is a bit tardy, but I just wanted to say that this was a super fun class that taught me quite a bit about the myriad of ways to start a fire when trying to survive in the woods. I love using the flint and striker (sparks!) but the "last" match on a nail file from my mini Swiss Army knife was fun, too. I was pleased that we were also able to set up a cozy lean-to with a nice little fire fairly quickly. This was a great group of folks and hopefully we'll meet again at future Alex classes. The cup of noodle worms was a nice touch at the end. a tasty treat for Alex and Nathan. Thanks Samantha for taking tons of cool fotos.

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you everyone. Such a great group! Also big thanks to Nathan for his leadership during the class and stepping up to eat a worm!!

    2 · February 25, 2013

    • Samantha

      Wishing I'd eaten one too - or at least split one with somebody. Kinda got hungry afterward on the way to the barn. ;-)

      2 · February 25, 2013

  • Marcella T.

    Great class! So good to practice!
    Way to ham it up Alex & Nathan with eating the worm, perhaps the appropriate segue to the Odyssey, a little taste of a mythic creature, after bedding down from the adventure...
    Maybe that's why Penelope hesitated...
    Loved the Dorito trick!

    3 · February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh and a pen and pad of paper could be good to bring.

    February 23, 2013

    • Marcella T.

      are we going to write poetry this time?

      1 · February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's my number for tomorrow. Call or text if something come's up. [masked]

    February 23, 2013

    • Samantha

      What did you major in again? ;-)

      1 · February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would go, but there is no room under the tarp. Next time.

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to take this. Wondering if anyone is interested in carpooling. Thanks, Stephanie

    January 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry I didn't reply to this before the class filled up. It can be difficult for me to run the class and do the carpool thing. This is a class that we repeat pretty often, though, in one form or another.

      January 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No worries. I'll try to take it next time around.

      January 29, 2013

  • Marcella T.

    If there isn't any cancellations, I'd like to take this one next time around.

    1 · January 29, 2013

  • Gordana K.

    Im in St Johns and could use a lift!

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm Westside but can take light rail if you can go by any of the stops. Whether it works or not, thank you for offering.

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can carpool, possibly. I come in from St Johns and can go several routes. I sometimes try to get there pretty early, though, to prep. Where are you in town?

    January 23, 2013

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