In this class you will learn the basics of how to survive with nothing.
Topics covered will include:
- Primitive shelter
- Friction fire
- Natural camouflage
- Primitive hunting and trapping
- Edible and medicinal plants
- Natural cordage
- Basic Stone tools
- Water purification
- Survival packs
- Primitive cooking
You will learn the skills necessary to walk into any wilderness in the United States with absolutely nothing and survive indeﬁnitely after taking this class and practicing the skills on your own for a while afterwards. Students will be limited to 18 and older, 14 and older if attending with an adult. This class will start on Saturday at 9am and go till Sunday at around 4:00pm. Camping spots will be provided, and students are welcome to camp there the night before class as well. You could also stay in a hotel in Mankato if you would prefer. Cost is $150. See the Sign Up page to register, or ask questions.
Basic Class Equipment List
Dates: May 18th-19th 2019
This class is about long term primitive living. Skills that will make primitive living more comfortable and more eﬃcient for the long term. It will include a lot of primitive crafts as well, that can also be used in everyday life. It is recommended but not required to take the basic class ﬁrst.
- Long-term primitive shelters
- Advanced trapping
- Basketry including pack baskets and fish traps
- Fish spears
- Primitive cooking
- Grass mats
- Primitive lighting
- Bone working
- Using pitch
- Fire hardening
- Best places to survive
- Advanced versions of many of the topics in the basic class
Students will be limited to 18 and older, 14 and older with an adult. This class will run from late Friday morning untill Sunday Afternoon. Class cost is 200$
Camping spots will be provided, and students are welcome to camp there the night before class as well. You could also stay in a hotel in Mankato if you would prefer.
Dates: October 4th-6th 2019
In this class you will take your raw deer hide all the way through the tanning process to turn it into beautiful, soft, durable leather that is perfect for making clothes, moccasins, bags, packs, pouches, knife sheaths, and anything else you can think of. Buckskin was the premier clothing material for the Natives and frontiersman of this continent for a few reasons: It is extremely durable and strong, It has good breathability, it’s warm, it’s soft and supple, it blocks wind, it’s a good base color for camouflaging, and it masks your scent when hunting.
The tanning process involves a lot of physical work and takes a good amount of time, but the result is definitely worth it, and brain or egg tanned hides sell for around 200 to 400$ per hide.
This class is 2 days long and will run for about 6 to 8 hours each day, but weather, humidity and temperature can make it take more or less time. The cost of the class is 125$, and is limited to people 14 and older (if under 18 you must attend with an adult).
Buckskin Class Equipment List
2019 Dates TBD
May 18th-19th: Basic Survival Class
August 24th-25th: Basic Survival Class
October 4th-6th: Intermediate Survival Survival Class
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