Primitive to Practical

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think” -Einstein

Do you want to take your basic skills to the next level and learn to be more adaptable?  Let us take you on a journey through time and learn about the progression of fire, shelter, water, cordage, and navigation.  Primitive to Practical will provide the context to adapt your skills and tools to fit most situations you may find yourself in while travelling in the wilderness.  Hone your practical skills while learning to apply primitive principals to current materials and technology such as making cordage from trash, “fixing” a broken lighter, and finding a drinking cup in your notebook.



5 days / 4 nights


Cripple Creek, CO




This class is for ages 17+ and all skill levels. 

  • 1L/32oz water container
  • 1gal container such as milk jug (for water storage)
  • Food for 6 days (trips to town after hours are possible)
  • Proper/adequate clothing & footwear, incl. rain gear
  • Poncho or 9’x12′ plastic drop cloth (2mil thick)
  • Foraging bag, haversack, or small backpack
  • 8” cable ties (8)
  • Individual first-aid kit (including medications and any specialty items you may need)
  • Camera or phone
  • Small notebook / pencil
  • Bandana or buff
  • 24” of aluminum foil
  • Whistle (pea-less type)
  • Metal container for heating food and boiling water (Nothing double walled or insulated)
  • Toilet paper (1-2 rolls… you know better than we do)
  • Sleeping pad/mat
  • Sleeping bag or wool blanket(s)
  • Tent
  • Pillow
  • Towel & wash cloth or shower wipes

– Do not purchase this equipment if you do not already have it.  We recommend borrowing our equipment to decide what you like before making a purchase.

  • Knife with full tang, 4-6” blade, made of high-carbon steel, 90-degree spine
  • Ferrocerium rod
  • Magnifying glass/Fresnel lens

Tent or shelter camping on site at Cripple Creek property

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