Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living

Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills in Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC

Fire is a critical wilderness survival skill. Learn how to make a fire at GO-Adventures.Introduction to Wilderness Skills: or, How to Leave the Car Behind (Group size: 4-8)

This physically intensive 6-hour course will provide clients with the hard skills, decision-making strategies, and leadership techniques necessary to lead small, personal trips into unfamiliar terrain. While the course will be land-based, with an emphasis on backpacking, the skills learned are applicable to all sorts of wilderness pursuits, from multi-day canoe trips to long-distance bicycling.

Hard Skills

“Hard skills” are those hands-on technical skills that are indispensable for having a comfortable and enjoyable time in the wilderness. Hard skills relate to staying dry, keeping warm, and staying hydrated! The course will cover most of the following topics:

  • Planning ahead: the first steps in putting together a trip
  • Map and compass navigation
  • Emergency first-aid and rescue
  • Selecting and purchasing commercially available gear–it’s easier than you think!
  • Finding and building shelter
  • Packing a backpack: what to bring, what to leave, how to make it really fit right
  • Preparing for the weather: layering and essential safety gear
  • Hygiene in the woods
  • Leave No Trace (LNT) camping and traveling techniques

Wilderness Skills Overnight: Getting Comfortable in the Woods (Group size: 3-6)

Shelter is one of the critical skills for wilderness survival. Learn how to shelter with GO-Adventures.If you’re ready to learn new skills, get dirty, and really increase your comfort level in and familiarity with the outdoors, consider our Wilderness Skills Overnight. This follow-up to the Introduction to Wilderness Skills provides a laboratory for practicing your outdoor survival skills. Most importantly, you will gain confidence and comfort in the woods, which will make it easier for you to get out more!

This course is a great choice for groups of adults or for families with children or teens to spend time learning together. The mix of skills and topics we cover will be location-, weather-, and group-dependent. If you have a preference from the list below, be sure to discuss it with the instructor before your trip, especially if you are arranging a private outing.

Some of the skills and topics this course might cover include:

  • Making a fire with only one match or even without a match…even in the rain!
  • Knife and hatchet skills for tool carving, including spoons and other utensils.
  • Building shelter from natural materials
  • Natural rope and cordage techniques and knot tying
  • Cooking over an open fire
  • Staying safe and comfortable no matter what the weather—rain, shine, sleet, snow…
  • Purifying water
  • Map and compass navigation

Who can benefit from our wilderness skills and other adventure instruction programs:

  • School groups
  • Adults
  • Not-for-profit groups
  • Scouts
  • Camps
  • Religious groups
  • Corporate teams
  • Small businesses
  • Government agencies
  • Sports teams
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Birthday parties
  • And more

Learn more about Wilderness Skills Instruction