This January, in the thick of the Wisconsin winter, we’re teaming up with survival expert and outdoor guide, Greg Weiss and his outfit up in Northern Wisconsin.
This would be considered an advanced skills course even though we’re beginning this winter skills course at Level 1. Level 1 means we’ll be sleeping indoors and finding a way to make the best of the daylight hours with skills training. On the last night we’ll have the option of spending the darkness in a snow cave.
The exact schedule changes a bit based on who is there, but we’ll do the following main things:
Day 1: Travel to the retreat via Duluth, MN. Debrief and Introductions
Day2: Blade work / hatchets. Skills demos. Prep snow shelters.
Day 3: Fire skills, travel in the snow (with snowshoes), and fire making in the snow, Finish snow-cave. Sleep in snow-caves or hot-tent.
Day 4: Overnight debriefs, Tracking skills, knot skills, Head to Deluth. Depart
Level 1: Earth Skills. Start a fire. Build a snow cave. Know your knots. Travel in winter conditions.
Level 2: We’ll live outside, but you’ll have everything you need. We’ll prepare for what you might need to do in Level 3.
Level 3: You live and breath the wild while on this. You have access to water, but you’ll need to find and make your own shelter and learn to hunt for your own food.
Level 4: You are given warm clothes and a knife. You’ll learn to survive in the winter with nothing else on you.
Registration is limited but we’re here to help make it easy for you. Trip logistics are being handled via Greg and myself. If you’re interested, email Rob Nelson at email@example.com .
The course cost is 500 USD. That will cover everything you need after you get off the plane in Duluth, Minnestoa. All you’ll need to do is get flights to and from there or plan to meet us in Cornucopia, WI. We’ll cover lodging and meals while you’re on the course.
It’ll probably be the perfect course for you if you’re asking this question. It’s good to be cautious. Here are a couple questions to ask first. Have you ever camped? If no, maybe the winter course isn’t your first option. If, however, you are interested in spending more time outdoors and learning from the experts, this is a fantastic course. Even a seasoned camper or hiker will love this course because you’re getting the expert knowledge from the locals here in Northern Wisconsin. We’ll mix in various bushcraft skills as well. Plus, if you haven’t already taken a level 1 course, you’ll need to it progress to the other levels.