The purpose of the Basic Survival Course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to better prepare them for survival in a 72-hour Emergency Scenario, using basic items that fall within the 10 C’s of survivability.
Focus will be placed on the multifunctionality of these items for self-aid for injuries, emergency fire craft, shelter construction, water collection, and disinfection. In addition, students will learn basic land navigation to prevent becoming lost and facilitate self-rescue, and how to signal for rescue if they should become lost or injured in the wild and unable to self-rescue.
“Basic” does not mean “easy”. It means the essential facts or principles of a subject or skill. Our essentials will revolutionize your outdoor training by pushing you beyond the limits you would otherwise push yourself. During the course, you can expect to walk roughly 3-4 miles. You will be carrying your gear (approx. 35lb) as well as collected materials as needed for projects.
Instructors will teach and ensure proficiency and retention of knowledge and skills by using the EDI (Educate, Demonstrate, Imitate) Method of Training. Students will complete various timed exercises (“deliverables”) both individually and as part of a team. Each deliverable is meant t push you closer to self-reliance. Our goal is always 100% successful deliverable is meant to push you closer to self-reliance. Our goal is always 100% successful demonstration of skill proficiency and successful course completion. If you do not give up on yourself, instructors will not give up on you.
1872 Pilot Knob Road
Kattskill Bay, NY 12844
Start time:8am (first day of class) 3 days, 2 nights, 2.5 CEU’s
– Principles of Fire, Shelter, Water, First Aid, Navigation, and Signal
– Hikes of 1-2 miles
– Collection of natural materials from the natural landscape
– Navigation courses over terrain that may be muddy, uneven, and steep
– Dealing with the elements (heat, cold, rain, sleet, snow, etc.)
As the premier school for self-reliance, our training exceeds that of any other school in the nation; so please take it seriously and take the time to physically prepare.
This class is the Foundation, without it, you may not pass higher-level classes. No refunds will be issued for classes you do not pass or those you quit.
Basic Survival Preparation
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 form 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.
Gray Bearded Green Beret Waiver HERE
Pathfinder Waiver HERE
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.
Course Packing List can be found HERE
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 after a 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
Additional Required Equipment Risk
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.