Wilderness Survival

Most rescues happen within the first 72-hours. This wilderness survival course teaches students how to use these critical hours to stabilize your situation and assist in your own rescue. Instructors demonstrate techniques associated with the six essential concepts of wilderness survival: shelter, firecraft, food finding, water purification, off-trail navigation, and rescue signaling.

This fun, 2-day course gives students the option of sleeping overnight in their own handmade shelters and reviews important survival gear and equipment.

Minimum Age: 14 (All minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian)

Meals: Available through NOC’s Restaurants


Courses Dates

2-Day Wilderness Survival Jul 8th - 9th, 2023 Bryson City, NC $250
2-Day Wilderness Survival Aug 5th - 6th, 2023 Bryson City, NC $250
2-Day Wilderness Survival Sep 2nd - 3rd, 2023 Bryson City, NC $250
2-Day Wilderness Survival Oct 7th - 8th, 2023 Bryson City, NC $250

SOLO Southeast Reviews

"I feel much more prepared for future trips & adventures. Excellent balance of knowledge, humor, and hands-on learning. Very personable, respectful, and helpful!"
— Former SOLO Student

"Humor and honest feedback made this course stay interesting, educational, and overall very effective."
— Former SOLO Student


Course Outline


Course Topics

  • Building Shelter
  • Firecraft
  • Food Finding
  • Water Purification
  • Off-Trail Navigation
  • Rescue Signaling

Course In Action Photos


Packing List


You should plan to have clothing appropriate to the season in which you will be taking the class, as you will spend a significant amount of time outside. The following list is to SUPPLEMENT the clothing you will be wearing. If you have trouble locating some of these items please call us as we have a limited amount for loan.

Recommended items 

  • Backpack to put everything in (medium to large)
  • Rain gear (tops and bottoms)
  • Layers of clothing (weather dependent)
  • Warm hat or sun hat (weather dependent)
  • Water bottles (at least 1 qt/litre)
  • Snacks
  • Pen and notepad
  • Wrist Watch (cell phone is not sufficient)
  • Foot wear appropriate to the terrain (closed toes, no flip flops)
  • Insect repellent & Sunscreen
  • Leather gloves
  • Old Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Fixed-blade knife (NO folding knife) Note: If you don't own a fixed-blade knife, we recommend trying some of our knives to see what you prefer
  • Sleeping pad (foam or inflatable)
  • Personal first aid kit 

For overnight courses

  • Sleeping bag or sleeping pad
  • Eating utensils (including bowl & cup)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Non-perishable food (e.g. mountain house camping food)
  • Students staying in Basecamp lodging - bring linens/sleeping bag, pillow, towel, & cooking utensils (if planning to use the shared kitchen)

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