My goal as an instructor is to take you from gear-reliance and, through the development of skills, move you towards reducing your reliance on gear and become more and more self-and-nature reliant. The underlying goal is to get people off the couch and back out into the wilderness. I want you to get back in touch with your primal self and enjoy the journey, hopefully with your family and friends.
Keep in mind that nothing is flat in the Adirondacks. In addition to the physical preparation recommended for the Basic Course, students should incorporate hills in their training leading up to any Adirondack Course.
It is strongly recommended that you take this Basic Survival Course before taking any Intermediate or Advanced level courses. This course is the foundation that all other courses are built upon, and without it, you may not be successful at the other courses.
All students must read, agree, and sign a Liability Waiver for and Release form for the Pathfinder School LLC and Liability and Release form for GBGB and the venue prior to attending the course. This can be signed electronically and submitted or hand carried to the course and given to staff upon arrival. No student will attend training without both forms being on file. Please note we do not share this information with anyone.
There will be no camping available at the Adirondack Campus prior to the start of the course or after the course has been completed due to insurance restrictions.
The Student Parking Lot for the Adirondack Campus is not located near the Base Camp. Students will not have access to vehicles for the duration of the course. There will not be access to electricity or running water. Fresh water will be available at the Base Camp at all times. Latrines (outhouse) are located within 50 meters of the base camp. Shower facilities are not available. Students will be required to stay in temporary survival shelters that they construct for both nights of this course. Tents, hammock systems, and coolers with food are not authorized at the Adirondack Campus as all gear must be carried from the Student Parking Lot to the Base Camp, and students will not be returning to vehicles until completion of the course. Students will not be permitted to leave the campus and stay at a hotel or purchase food while attending the course. No exceptions are made unless you leave the course entirely.
We understand that things can happen. Up until fourteen (14) days prior to the start of the event, tickets may either be refunded or credited forward (students choice, credits must be used within the same calendar year). However, refunds are not authorized after the 14-day window has passed. In addition, no refunds will be issued for classes you do not show up for, do not pass, or those that you fail to complete for any other reason (including voluntarily withdrawing from a course).
This is a Patch Qualification Course. When a student enrolls, it is fully expected that they intend to certify (and earn the patch) for the Basic Survival Course. If you fall behind due to an inability to complete assigned tasks, but are still participating in training and attempting to complete them, keeping up with the group, and giving it your best, we will continue to work with you so that you can complete the course to the best of your ability. Should your ability to keep up with the group be hindered by an injury or medical issue, we will go above and beyond to help you by providing additional motivation, administering hydration, or aiding in your mobility for as long as you wish to continue the effort (and doing so will not jeopardize your health).
Should you refuse to participate in the training or voluntarily withdraw from the training (please note that these are both forms of quitting the course and no longer putting forth effort towards completion) you will be required to live the school grounds immediately. We do not allow ANY students to remain in camp without instructors present. In addition, we do not allow any students to remain in the after voluntary withdraw from the course.
It is perfectly acceptable to continue the training and complete the course without qualifying for the patch. Simply let the Instructor know that is your desire and continue training. Students that participate, to the best of their ability, in all the training and make it to the end will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Course. Failure to participate in the training being conducted but staying until the last day is not considered course completion.
Students that have met the minimum requirements and completed the course will be issued a Basic patch and a Certificate of Completion signed by the Instructor Staff. Students who did not meet the minimum requirement, but still completed the course, will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Instructor Staff (but not the Basic patch). The certificates will note the 2.5 CEU’s that some employers may recognize as continuing education.
Any student under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Young Adults 13 yrs old & older are full price. Children 10-12 yrs old attend FREE (one child per paying student).This class is not recommended for youths under age 13.Children ages 10-12 must remain with their parent/guardian at all times.Children ages 10-12 will not qualify for a patch. If your child is left in camp repeatedly or left alone to be cared for by staff, you may be asked to leave the class and fail the course. If you bring a minor that is not your child you must have a signed Emergency Care Authorization form filled out by that child’s parent(s) or legal guardian.
Download the form by clicking on this link https://www.selfrelianceoutfitters.com/content/Emergency-care-authorization.pdf
Weather can change at any time in the mountains and present training participants with emergency weather conditions. In addition to the normal packing list, all students attending a course at the Adirondack Campus must bring the following:
Layered Clothing System:
- Wicking Base Layer: Light or Medium Weight Merino Wool Top and Bottom Recommended
- Insulating Layer: Heavyweight Merino Wool Top and Bottom Recommended
- Durable Layer: Normal street clothes for cold weather (Pants, T-Shirt, Long Sleeve Shirt; 2 sets recommended)
- Wind/Waterproof Layer: Goretex Shell Parka and Pants Recommended
- Wool Hat, Gloves, and Scarf
- Wool Socks (3 Pair Minimum)
- Appropriate Waterproof Boots or Shoes (2 Pair Recommended)
- 30L Dry Bag
This clothing system may be worn as needed or placed in the dry bag on standby (administratively) for emergencies depending on weather conditions.