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2-days/3-days Wilderness Survival Course

The course is set for April 26-28 at the Horse Flats Campground, about 1 mile hike from Chilao Campground.

We are meeting atthe Chilao visitor center, between 10-10:30 am on Friday, April 26.

The price for the 2 days course is $145 (including a survival kit)

The price for 3 day course is $195 (including a survival kit)

* Pre-register via PayPal on our website: (scroll to bottom of the page)

Deposit/refund policy:
A $50 deposit secures your spot (by calling in[masked]), and refunds are available up to 30 days prior to the course.


Space is limited to 20 participants - a prefect class size. Any more than that and the training environment is diminished. You can reserve your spot with $50 a refundable deposit. Full payment due 30 days out roughly March 26th.

Refund policy - your deposits are refundable up until March 26th. March 26th and beyond, should you need to drop out of the event, we will work with you to find a replacement. Your replacement will pay you directly.


The instructor, Toby Cowern, trains teams for various arctic circle competitions and challenges. He also teaches various wilderness and urban survival courses worldwide. Learn more about Toby by visiting - his website.



This 2 day/3 day course takes you through the basic principles of Survival Training and focuses on the practical application of outdoor skills. Training is programmed to allow all attendees to improve their survival competence, whether a 'new beginner' or more experienced outdoors person. Choose the 2 day course for a beginner level, and 3 day course to push yourself to the next level.

A second night and third day of the course  allows you to learn from all the mistakes of the first night, correct them and see the effectiveness of your new skills, focus for the 3rd day will be consolidating and developing foundation principles and looking at some of these elements (mainly firelighting) in more detail. We will also introduce direction finding and cover construction of some basic traps/snares.


View a clip from the last course in November 2010, in which toby explains about how to make a feather stick:


Topics Covered:
Survival Strategy
Survival Psychology
Priorities of Survival
Wilderness Hazard Identification
Attracting Attention
Sourcing Water
Shelter Building
Acquiring Food
Safe Use of Knives
Survival Equipment Selection

Equipment List:
Clothing: Layered clothing is essential for remaining comfortable during the event.
Footwear: Suitably sturdy boots with comfortable socks. Backpacking boots will probably work best.
A backpack/rucksack that you can fit all of your kit in.
Small Day sack / Carry bag
A sleeping bag rated to the appropriate temperature (0F and below)
Sleeping mat/thermarest
Flashlight x2 (Head torch recommended)
Knife/Fork/Spoon set (Plastic recommended)
2 x Water bottle (min. 1lt)
Notebook, pen/pencil - to take notes
Personal toiletries (Incl. small towel + Toilet roll / Tissues!!!)
Personal first aid kit
Suncream (High SPF)
A sharp knife
Snacks and any special dietary requirement foods
Steel pot / container suitable for use cooking over an open fire
Survival Kit
Ideally all of the following should fit into a small pouch or tin:
Fire steel + Striker
(Disposable) lighter
Small mirror / reflective surface
A small compass
50ft of Strong string / para cord or similar
A small blade (Scalpel, Stanley knife or similar)
Optional: Camera, Binoculars


Note: Please remember, this course is designed to be accessible and enjoyable, plenty of challenges will be provided, but should you wish to supplement the above list with additional ‘comfort’ items (Stove, tent, camp bed etc) Then please feel free to do so. Toby's mantra with regards to kit on entry level courses is, it is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it!


Some photos from the last 2/3 days course may be found here:[masked]


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am very interested in this course but will be out of town for work that weekend. Looking forward to the next one.

    April 20, 2013

  • steve r.

    when and where i have some events im hosting and dont want to double book

    April 11, 2012

    • Lee Lavi R.

      Event dates are posted and I hope you can make it!
      Please save the date!

      December 5, 2012

    • Lee Lavi R.

      Hi Steve,
      Still have some spots available. Are you still interested?

      April 2, 2013

  • Victoria

    Hopefully, we will get enough interested members to offer the course again.

    November 1, 2011

    • Lee Lavi R.

      Hi Victoria,
      Still have some spots available. Are you still interested?

      April 2, 2013

  • Matthew Z.

    Very interested in attending baring any conflicts of event date.

    October 4, 2012

    • Lee Lavi R.

      Hi Matthew,
      Still have some spots available. Are you still interested?

      April 2, 2013

  • thomas

    Looking forward to the next event.

    March 29, 2013

    • Lee Lavi R.

      Hi Thomas,
      Did you check out the Urban Survival workshop on the 25th?

      April 2, 2013

  • Alberto M.

    how do put the deposit for the 3 day survival course

    January 14, 2013

    • Lee Lavi R.

      Hi Alberto,
      Your payment was received today $145.
      Are you planning on attending a 2-day or the 3-day?

      January 14, 2013

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