Practical Vehicle Survival

Four days of backcountry vehicle repairs, recovery, creativity, and survival.

If you want to be more self-sufficient in the wilderness or even on road trips, this course is for you.  Centered around vehicles in the backcountry, you will learn basic diagnostics and repairs for commonly encountered failures.  You will also learn disabled vehicle survival techniques and how to stack the odds in your favor if you must walk away from a stranded vehicle.  No prior mechanical knowledge is required.

Topics covered include:

-Tire failures

-Starting/Stalling issues


-Electrical workarounds

-Vehicle Shelters

-Setting up your vehicle to be found


-Tool selection

-Terrain Navigation

-Planning an unknown trek



4 days / 4 nights


Cripple Creek, CO




This class is for young adults age 15-19, no prior outdoor experience required.

  • 1L/32oz water container
  • 1 gal container such as milk jug (for water storage)
  • Food for 4 days (trips to town after hours are possible)
  • Proper/adequate clothing & footwear, incl. rain gear
  • Poncho or 2mil drop cloth 9’x12’
  • Foraging bag, haversack, or small backpack
  • 8” cable ties (8)
  • Individual first-aid kit
  • Camera or phone
  • Small notebook / pencil
  • Bandana or buff
  • 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)
  • Camp chair
  • Sleeping pad/mat
  • Sleeping bag or wool blanket(s)
  • Tent
  • Pillow
  • Towel & wash cloth or shower wipes

*please contact us before purchasing tent camping equipment. We can help!

– 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

All teen adventurers will tent or shelter camp onsite at the Mountain Marrow property near Cripple Creek. 

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