"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

The Savvy Survivor

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

                                                                

Lost in the wilderness, with no matches for a fire?

 

Thirsty, but ran out of water? NO PROBLEM!

 

This very fun, hands-on course takes you through the most important skills for surviving an unexpected wilderness emergency – shelters, water, fire, navigation, and food!

 

Shelters- Temperatures in the Southwest can change rapidly! Learn how to stay warm or cool off in the summer heat using improvised shelters.

 

Fire Craft- Sharpen your fire making skills using fire by friction sets, magnifying lens, flint and steel, and other improvised methods!

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Wild Food-  You’ll sample some very common delicious edible plants, and learn wonderful medicines for common ailments & injuries. I’ll also show you some easy tricks for catching a meal (Check out the Living Wild!, and Nature’s Bounty courses for even more!)

 

Water- In the Southwest, you need plenty of water! Locate desert water sources & make water using transpiration bags & solar stills and purify questionable water using some cool tricks!

 

Navigation- Become lost proof! Navigate your way out using accurate improvised techniques, such as just the sun and a stick, and even night navigation using stars.

​​​At the end of this exciting day, you’ll be able to use these skills to provide for yourself and others during an outdoor emergency!

Cost: 100 (one day) Two person minimum, 15% discount for groups of 3 or more

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

Create the adventure you want! 

  • Courses are available most every weekend. 

  • Located in your choice of Tucson, Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff areas of Arizona.

 

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Living Wild! 

 

 

Step back in time, and learn traditional native techniques for living 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! 

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!

 

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 (one day) Two person minimum, 15% discount for groups of 3 or more

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

 

Create the adventure you want! 

  • Courses are available most every weekend. 

  • Located in your choice of Tucson, Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff areas of Arizona.

"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  

Move naturally through the wilderness!

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

 

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.

Cost: 150 (two days) Two person minimum, 15% discount for groups of 3 or more

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

 

Create the adventure you want! 

  • Courses are available most every weekend. 

  • Located in your choice of Tucson, Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff areas of Arizona.

 

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How close can you get?

 

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