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Winter Skills Course


Joshua Enyart, Joel Graves

Main Skills Taught

Fire Craft, Cold Weather Shelters, Winter Navigation

Event Dates

Feb. 10-13, 2022


Winter Skills Course (4-day)

The Winter Skills Course is designed to teach you the essential skills necessary in a cold weather environment. This 4-day/3-night course could be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. The skills taught are not necessarily limited to the Northeast, they can be applied to other cold weather locations as well. Many of the skills are transferrable to fair weather outings, as well.

Northeast winters can be particularly challenging and offer a unique chance to learn and test your skills in that challenging environment. The experience gained here will give you confidence in your ability to handle other difficult situations that you may find yourself in later. There is no substitute for actual experience, and cold weather “dirt time” is just as important, if not more so, than fair weather.

Cold weather does come with unique challenges when it comes to providing for your needs in the wilderness: Core Temperature Control, Hydration, Calorie Consumption, Rest, First Aid, Navigation, Signal, and Tools. You can expect to learn how to provide for those needs in that setting during this course.

Students will learn:

  • Winter Gear Recommendation
  • Cold Weather Clothing Choices
  • Winter Tinder Resources
  • Fire Lays to Maximize Efficiency
  • Fire Craft
  • Building Effective Winter Shelters
  • Procuring and Disinfecting Water in the Cold
  • Food Processing and the Importance of Fat in Winter
  • Cold Weather Environmental Risks of Exposure
  • Regaining Mobility in Deep Snow
  • Navigating Across Ice and Snow-Covered Terrain
  • Emergency Signaling
  • Axe Selection, Safety, and Use
  • Saw Selection, Safety, and Use

Students for the Winter Course MUST have completed at least the Wilderness Skills Course prior to enrolling in this course. Due to time constraints, cadre will not have time to bring students up to speed for this course if they do not arrive with the skills taught in that foundational course. 

The Winter Skills Course is part of the GB2 Instructor Program. Registered Instructor Candidates will receive credit for this portion of the program upon completion.

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This course is a “field course”. Students should expect to be immersed in a wilderness setting for the duration of the course. Restrooms are primitive and on-site. There is no electricity or running water. Vehicles will be parked in a student parking lot and are not accessible while taking the course. Students will sleep in shelters that they themselves construct and cannot leave the premises to stay at a hotel, sleep in their vehicle, or go to town for food.

Food and water will be provided by the instructors during this course while you are out in the field. Please do not bring any food or snacks. (If you are diabetic you may bring snacks)

The course uses a “crawl, walk, run” method of instruction. Students will first be taught by cadre, followed by the student being required to demonstrate proficiency on their own. This culminates in being able to then perform these skills under various stressors to ensure proficiency.

Students should expect cold, wet weather, and primitive field conditions. Cadre and staff will ensure safety at all times during the course. You should arrive in reasonable physical shape with the required equipment list. Expect to walk several kilometers per day carrying all your equipment in addition to natural resources that you collect that are needed for individual classes. For safety reasons, students must continue to train and apply themselves to remain in the course. If you do not quit on yourself, we will not quit on you. However, if a student chooses not to continue training, the student will be escorted back to their vehicles immediately and must depart the training venue. There can be no refund or credit given to take the course at a later date.


852 New Portland Road, Embden, ME 04958

Course Packing List can be found HERE

Winter Skills Course Preparation

All students must read, agree, and sign a Liability and Release form for GBGB and the venue prior to attending the course. No student will attend training without forms being on file.

Recommended Reading: Surviving the Wild, By Joshua Enyart

Recommended Instructional Video: Winter Skills, Starring Joshua Enyart


There will be no camping available at the Maine Location prior to the start of the course or after the course has been completed due to insurance restrictions.

Winter Skills students will not have access to vehicles for the duration of the course. There will not be access to electricity or running water. Shower facilities are not available. Students will be required to stay in temporary survival shelters that they construct for the nights during this course. Tents, hammock systems, and coolers with food are not authorized at the Maine Campus as all gear must be carried from the Student Parking area 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.

What gear do I need?

Please click the Packing List link above for details.

Is it cold?

Well, yes, it's a Winter Course. There's no bad weather only bad clothing choices! Past students regularly mention this was their best course experience, despite the cold.

Are we walking on snow the whole time?

Yes. The ground is normally several feet below the snow line which is essential to Winter Skills training.

5 reviews for Winter Skills Course

  1. Jeff Carlson

    Unbelievable, unforgettable experience. If you have some basic woodsman skills, come see how you fare with an added layer of stress with the extreme cold temperatures. You will learn pertinent skills and, most importantly, more about yourself. Read my blog on this site for the full story of my and my son’s adventure in the Winter Skills course.

  2. Chad (store manager)

    The winter environment can be surprisingly punishing and adds difficulty to every task. Every detail of that and how to deal with it or overcome it is covered here, and then some. There are times it is hard and cold, but the sheer beauty of Northeast winters and the confidence you gain here are unparalleled! When the last day arrived we were still learning many skills and as it was time to wrap up I honestly didn’t want to leave! This is a “must do” course.

  3. Daniel Edmonds

    If you’re serious about adding another season to your outdoor experience, look no further than this training. Right from the start you’re immersed in a winter environment with snow, ice, and cold. But you aren’t left to fend for yourself. High quality instructors walk you right through what you need to do to “make it” through and they make it truly fun. Regardless of your skill level, they create challenges that are doable and very rewarding. I left with understanding so many more skills than when I arrived. Don’t hesitate on this course, you won’t regret it. Money well spent.

  4. Douglas North

    After four days and three nights out in the wilds of Maine, I am among the “Frozen Chosen” who have completed Joshua Enyart’s Winter Skills Course. What an experience!

    Like all of Josh’s courses, there was expert instruction from Josh and his entire teaching cadre. They covered a huge array of topics that were carefully chosen to add value to the knowledge we obtained from his foundational Wilderness Skills Course.

    We did two rounds of land navigation in snowshoes; learned about the environment and winter resources; made browse beds, leaf cribs, and super-shelters; created water from snow and turned beef into smoked jerky; learned to use axes and saws safely; learned effective traps for winter; built snowshoes and pack frames from saplings; and constructed signal fires that billowed columns of smoke. There were many smaller, invaluable skills within each one of those activities.

    The difference between watching a video about this stuff and actually doing it is huge. If you want to truly learn these skills, while testing yourself and your gear, I recommend these courses.

  5. Philip Palmer (verified owner)

    After flying from WY to Maine with my packing list items to become one of the frozen chosen at Josh’s course, where expert instruction from Josh and his entire teaching cadre covered so many topics that were carefully chosen to add life saving value to the knowledge I obtained from his foundational Wilderness Skills Course. I became confident in the extreme conditions that winter can throw at me. This course is a must for any out doors enthusiast that wants to learn.

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Winter Skills Course


Embark on an unforgettable training adventure with Joshua Enyart and his team. Come join us in the Northeastern US, where harsh winter conditions will challenge you beyond the introductory skills learned in previous courses.

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