The Savvy Survivor

No matches for a fire? Thirsty, but have no water?

 

NO PROBLEM!

Provide for your most critical needs in the wilderness!

This very popular course was featured on KGUN9 news:

https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/get-lost-survival-class-teaches-arizonans-how-to-thrive-in-the-sonoran-desert

                                                                

  • Shelter- - Temperatures in the Southwest can change rapidly! Learn how to stay warm or cool using improvised shelters from natural materials and modern items such as pocket-sized emergency blanket!

  • FireImpress your Neanderthal friends! Carve out a traditional fire by friction set and use it to start a fire! We’ll also cover modern fire making techniques using magnifying lens, flint and steel, and improvised methods using common items like plastic bags, chocolate bars, and even just a water bottle!

  • Water- Thirsty? Locate desert water sources & make water using transpiration bags & solar stills! Purify questionable water by making a water filter, or by boiling it in a cactus pad or coal burned container! 

  • Navigation- Become lost-proof! Learn accurate navigation with a compass & map as well as improvised methods- using just the sun & a stick, a watch, and even night navigation techniques- using the stars and just 2 sticks to get you oriented!

  

Cost: 80 (All materials provided- you just need to bring a knife, snacks, and water for the day)

 

Public Courses For 2021: 

 Tucson Area- February 20, March 6,  September 25, October 16

 Sedona Area- April 17

Yes! Private courses are available!

Visit the Sign Up page and choose the course & date you want! 

 

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Living Wild! 

 

 

Learn how to live in the wilderness!

  • Hunting- Hungry? Get some calories! Learn to make snares, deadfalls, and other traps that will hunt for you! You will also make a variety of traditional hunting items- slings, throwing sticks, rope darts, fishing kits and other simple and time-proven ways for catching dinner!

  • Gathering- Make what you need!i Learn how to twine plant fibers into rope, weave a basket, and even create a water bottle out of an agave stalk! 

 

  • Campfire Cooking- No cooking ware? No worries! You will learn how to boil, bake, and all without any modern cookware! Make a coal burned container, tongs and other useful tools for preparing, and cooking food over a fire!

Cost: 100 *All materials provided- you just need to bring a knife, snacks, and water for the day.

 

Public Courses For 2021: 

 Tucson Area- February 21, March 7,  September 26, October 17  

 Sedona Area- April 18

 

Yes! Private courses are available!

Visit the Sign Up page and choose the course & date you want! 

"The one day wilderness survival school is awesome! I CAN MAKE FIRE! Plus Jon is very knowledgeable and easy to be around. Makes learning easy!" Ken

"I often refer to the course some friends and I took some years ago with you. Such a fun and educational experience! I’d really like to do it again. Highly recommended!" Nate  

Apache Moccasins & Yucca Sandals  

Move naturally through the wilderness!

"I only trust my legs. They're my only friends" - Geronimo

 

Apache Moccasins- I learned how to make traditional Apache moccasins while living on the White River Apache reservation. For over 10 years I used them on a daily basis- running, climbing, hiking, they certainly are my prefered footwear! They are light, breathable, and carefully engineered for our desert environment!

 

The thick leather upper portions are taller than typical moccasins to provide protection against desert thorny shrubs and cactus. Even the tough rawhide bottoms are thoughtfully added to withstand the rough desert terrain and it makes them easy to resole when they wear out.

Yucca Sandals- Artifacts of these have been found in ruin sites all over the Southwest. I have been fortunate to have learned the lost art of weaving these, and would love to show you how!

Cost: 100 *There will be an additional amount for the cost of the leather, unless you provide your own.

 

Public Courses For 2021:

 Tucson- November 6 & 7

 

Yes! Private courses are available!

Visit the Sign Up page and choose the course & date you want! 

 

How close can you get?

 

With the right footwear, and stalking skills, it is amazing how quickly you will blend into nature!

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