Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Survival & Navigation Class June 13-17 2013

 I'd like to put in a pitch for the outdoor safety class that Ralph Wilfong and I teach for the US Forest Service each year at the Nine Mile Heritage Center, Huson, Montana.  This is the only class I teach where I set the date and invite others to attend.  Normally I go  wherever I am invited to speak, present the class and then go back to Colorado.

The class is five days long.  Two and half days of survival training followed by two and a half days of of map, compass and GPS training.  I lead the survival phase and Ralph leads the navigation phase.  It is a very comprehensive program and, by the time you graduate, you will have a very solid foundation in those skills you need to survive an unplanned night out and the knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the back country.

You can take either the survival training or the navigation training - or both.  You save yourself $50 if you take both!  The cost for each phase is $250 but again if you stay for the full five days it will only cost you $450.

The program is designed to prepare you to spend a night out with a minimum of gear - but the right gear!  We do not teach aboriginal skills (rubbing sticks together to start a fire) but focus on quick shelters, effective fire building techniques, signaling techniques that work and the steps you need to take to keep yourself warm and hydrated.

In order to keep the costs down Ralph and I camp out at the Heritage Center and invite those who attend to do likewise.  You can also stay at one of the local B&Bs or motels if you wish.

If you are interested give Ralph or me a call.  If you want to sign up give the US Forest Service a call.  Also keep in mind that we only accept twelve people in the class so it tends to fill quickly

Peter Kummerfeldt   - 719-650-8925
Ralph Wilfong  - 509-993-0092
Nine Mile Heritage Center - 406-626-5403

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