Women's Wilderness Weekend

Explore the Wilderness with Confidence

Women's Wilderness Weekend is a fun and interactive event where we will learn the fundamental basics for survival, get hands-on in the wilderness, and spend quality time in the company of experienced teachers and like-minded women. The weekend includes hands-on education, Wilderness First Aid Certification, and wilderness survival skills training in addition to a hang out by the firepit one evening.

What You'll Learn

  • Knife Anatomy & Safety
  • Essential Knots
  • Shelter Building
  • Water Collecting
  • Firecraft
  • Signaling
  • Patient Assessment
  • Treatment of Life-Threatening Conditions
  • Splinting
  • Management of Environmental Hazards

What to Expect

Participants should arrive by 8:00am on Friday at the SOLO Southeast Classroom on NOC’s main campus in Bryson City, NC. The conclusion of each day will depend on the group and activities. Women's weekend will include a fireside gathering one evening for anyone interested in attending. Students will observe and participate in both indoor and outdoor scenarios, so please dress appropriately for the season.

Lodging options are available at booking.

Lodging: Available through NOC
Meals: Available through NOC’s Restaurants

Recommended For: Women Outdoor Enthusiasts

Prerequisites: None

Certifications Received: 

  • 2 Year Wilderness First Aid Certification

Courses Dates

Women's Wilderness Weekend Oct 11th - 13th, 2024 Bryson City, NC $425

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

"Excellent instruction. The mix of lecture and practical exercises combined with stories & humor made for a great environment to learn." - Former SOLO Student


Course Outline


Basic skills needed for when the unexpected happens on an outdoor adventure.


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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