Friday, January 9, 2015

Overnight Outdoor Survival Class

Hosted by: Shannon Francis of Resiliency Training LLC
When: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Where: Ice Age Trail located near Waukesha, WI
Age Requirement: 18 +
Skill Level Required: Ability to hike 4.6 miles in and out of base camp
Participants: 8
Cost: $165 per person
Includes: Tents set up at base camp, wood for cooking fire, supper first night, breakfast second morning and all class materials

I have received many requests to host an overnight outdoor survival class that will allow for more in-depth discussion and skill development and so I will be offering what I think will be an incredible experience for a small group of outdoor enthusiasts.

We will be meeting at 10:00 am at an Ice Age Trail head on Saturday, June 27th. After a group meet and greet, we will begin the 4.6 mile hike to our campsite. Along the way we will be identifying edible and medicinal plants and discuss various uses. We will also be gathering materials to make cordage (rope) and learning various knots. We will discuss priorities in a survival situation and water procurement. We will stop for lunch along the trail that will include some wild edibles.

By early afternoon we will reach base camp that will be set up in advance of the group's arrival so we will have more time to discuss and create the perfect overnight survival shelter. We will break for matchless fire making skill session that will lead into creating the perfect cooking fire for supper. After supper we will practice making cordage from various grasses collected during the hike.

The evening will be reserved for more relaxed social time and trying out the shelter that the group created. Participants are free to sleep overnight in the shelter but tents will be provided for those that seek a little bit more comfort.

We will be up for an early am skillet breakfast featuring wild edibles and review skills from the previous day. Participants will also create their own paracord bracelet and take one home with them. After packing up the camp, we will journey back the 4.6 miles and review the edible and medicinal plants discussed the previous day.

If you would like to participate in the trip, contact Shannon Francis at or 262-515-5331.

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