Outdoor Skills 101
Our general introduction to outdoor skills: Fire-making and tending, knife selection, safety & use, practical knots in the wilderness, flora & fauna of the Colorado Rockies, and wilderness navigation (with and without a compass!).
Whether you’re new to Colorado or the outdoors in general, or want to pick up some core skills and background knowledge, this is a fun day in the woods at our Field Site.
What You’ll Learn In This Course
- Flora & Fauna
- The plants, animals, tracks, and sign of the region
- 5 stage of fire, physics, and theory
- Emergency fire-making methods
- Fire structures & tending them
- 5-minute fire challenges
- Knife Skills
- Knife safety, design, and selection
- Bushcraft & carving techniques
- Knots & Shelters
- A handful of simple, practical knots for use in the wilderness
- Incorporating ropework and knots to erect group shelters for shade or rain protection
- Compass design, construction, terminology, &use and improvising a compass in the backcountry
- Navigating to True North and Magnetic North
- How to get from one place to another, using nothing but a map and compass (and your two feet)
- Your personal pace count
- Navigating using Nature’s signs
- Bush Geometry – judging height and distance using sticks and stones
- Solar & Celestial Navigation
- Games and activities you can setup to practice and teach navigation skills
Location: Gone Feral’s Field School – North of Ward, Colorado – Local driving directions provided upon registration.
- Your own compass to become familiar with – an inexpensive, lightweight compass with a clear baseplate such as one made by Suunto or Brunton is a good choice.
2019 Course Date
- April 20, 9am to ~4pm
Price: $95Register For This Course