:: BASIC TO ADVANCED SKILLS TRAINING ::
Most of our basic to advanced wilderness skills classes and trips are offered
by James Bruchac, Clark Hayward or Gary Marchak. Although designed for
adults, many of these classes can also be adapted for youth.
MULTI-SKILL CLASSES & TRIPS
SKILLS LECTURES & POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
A great introduction for those who do not have the time or ability to venture into the wild. Utilizing dozens of hands-on skills related objects, video clips and digitized photos, such presentations can focus on any number of wilderness skills and survival related topics from fite, shelter and animal tracking to an overview of wilderness survival essentials.
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL BASICS
Recommended for anyone who spends time in the woods this full day class will focuses on such key wilderness skills as emergency shelter and fire making (match and spark based), group bow drill, natural insulation, finding safe drinking water, wilderness navigation and making a personal survival kit. Guaranteed to increase your confidence in the wilderness.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF GATHERING
Spend a day in the woods learning the inns and outs of the ancient art of gathering. By the end of the day participants will have identified, gathered and, in some cases, created everything they would require to survive at least one night in the wilderness. A great way to open anyone's eyes to the wonders of the natural world.
WINTER SURVIVAL SNOWSHOE TREK
Focusing on the skills needed to survive in a winter wilderness environment participants travel by snowshoe into a local wilderness area learning such key skills as natural navigation, basic compass, natural insulation, spark based fire making, group bow drill and an emergency winter shelter.
WILDERNESS SURVIVAL INTENSIVE ( OVERNIGHT )
Starting with the learning of such basic skills as mentioned in Wilderness Survival Basics, participants will also learn to make their own backwoods bow drill kit followed by a personal survival hut providing their only shelter for the night ( If you can make a fire you can have one ).Although a limited amount of personal food will be permitted, participants will have a chance to sample a variety of wild edibles as well as some time tested Native survival foods. Class available any time of year.
SURVIVAL FOR THE OUTDOOR PROFESSIONAL
Designed for such outdoor professionals as guides, wildlife officials, military forces, law enforcement and search and rescuer crews this intensive course covers all the skills needed to survive in the wild for an extended period of time under the worst conditions. With skills tailored for specific professional's needs, from individual to group based skills and care participants will not only be expected to learn but demonstrate proficiency in a variety of survival skills from fire making, natural insulation, shelter construction, water pacurement, wild edibles and wilderness navigation to wilderness first aid and evacuation, rescue signaling, hazard avoidance and basic survival protocols. Single to multiple day courses available. Length dependent on size of group and number of skills required.
WINTER SURVIVAL SNOWSHOE TREK
Focusing on the skills needed to survive in a winter wilderness environment participants travel by snowshoe into a local wilderness area learning such key skills as natural navigation, basic compass, natural insulation, spark based fire making, group bow drill, emergency winter shelter, finding safe drinking water and rescue signaling. Basic winter animal tracks and trials also covered during this trip.
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS CLASSES:
SPARK BASED FIRE MAKING
Focusing on both ancient and modern spark based fire making methods (flint and steel to modern magnesium strikers) participants will learn proper spark producing techniques as well as how to utilize, collect and create a variety of natural and modern tinders. During class participants will also collect and apply all materials required to make and maintain a safe an effective fire in the wild.
FIRE BY FRICTION
Participants in this workshops learn two of the most ancient ways of making fire. Within the first part of the workshop participants learn to make their own bow drill, fire by friction kit. In the second class participants make their own, slightly more challenging, hand-drill kit. By the end of both classes participants will not only know how to make and use their kit but have a much better chance of making one from scratch in a wilderness setting.
WILD EDIBLES & MEDICINAL PLANTS
Throughout the year we offer a variety of basic wild edible and medicinal plant classes. Many run by guest instructors classes can focus on very basic and safe trail side nibbles to full out wilderness meals and healing plants.
MAP & COMPASS (Basic-Advanced Skills)
Despite the wide spread use of GPS, a knowledge of map and compass is still a critical skill for anyone spending time in the outdoors. From basic map and compass use to full-out orienteering challenges our map and compass classes can help you get there and back with the utmost skill and confidence.
Focusing on some of the most ancient ways of navigation participants will learn to use the sun, stars, moon, clouds, plants, trees and animals to help them find their way. A great addition to anyone's wilderness bag of tricks.
BASIC TO ADVANCED WILDERNESS FIRST AID CLASSES
Led by Clark Hayward
2 hours - These workshops are available alone or in combination:
Cold Injury Assessment, Treatment and Prevention Wilderness Orthopedics with Improvisational Splinting Lab Infectious Disease and Wilderness Water Treatment
WILDERNESS FIRST AID (WFA)
16 hours - Intended for: Camp Counselors, recreationalists and exceeds NYS Guide Licensing requirements. Adirondack Wilderness Medicine's WFA course is a great introduction to wilderness medicine that goes way beyond standard first aid programs. Through a blend of classroom and hands on instruction you will learn how to identify and manage the most common wilderness emergencies. Like all Adirondack Wilderness Medicine programs, there is an emphasis on safety and prevention. Course includes Student Workbook and nationally recognized completion card.
WILDERNESS ADVANCED FIRST AID (WAFA)
36 hours - Intended for: Outdoor professionals and recreationalists. The WAFA course from Adirondack Wilderness Medicine is a comprehensive introductory course in backcountry medicine and wilderness medical protocols. This course will prepare you for the most common wilderness injuries and emergencies with an emphasis on prevention. WAFA includes a mix of classroom, hands on skill and improvisational labs and simulations. It is a great stand-alone level of training for guides, camp counselors and serious recreationalists and, may be used as a springboard to higher levels of training such as WFR and WEMT. Course includes Adult CPR certification, full color text, Student Workbook and nationally recognized completion card.