Your goal, if you find yourself lost or stranded is to survive until rescued or to sustain mobility so you can self-rescue. It is not likely you will awaken one morning to find yourself in the Alaskan wilds or in the middle of the Amazon with literally just the clothes on your back however.
You likely started out with something, a bicycle, a backpack, possibly firearms, even an ATV in some cases and with items in your pockets as well.
A day hike, a mountain bike ride, a short hunting trip or you simply decided to grab your binoculars and do a little bird watching, but something went wrong.
Certain wilderness survival skills are needed for short-term emergencies where your sole focus is on rescue or doing everything you can to find your own way out of the predicament. If you become stranded, you may very well know where you are, but cannot get back because of an injury or mechanical failure with your bicycle, ATV, snow skies or even snowmobile. In cold weather not having an adequate shelter made within a few hours may mean the difference between surviving and not. If you are lost, staying in place is recommended and you should never attempt to hike through the woods in the dark. A debris shelter can be put together within hour using what you find on the forest floor, with limited to no tools at all.  Poles propped on one side of a fallen log and covered with pine boughs, leaves and other vegetation would be considered a debris shelter.
Water is critical and once you have a shelter and fire then seek it out if it is an immediate concern, otherwise hunker down as darkness falls and wait until daylight. If you panic, you may die and it is that simple, because people make mistakes when they panic, they fall off cliffs or into ravines while dashing from tree to bush, because they think they recognize the tree or bush.
Camp is just around the bend in their mind but it never is, soon the person is worn out, possibly injured, and they have sweated profusely and now need more water, of which they have little. Get your mind straight and face the fact you are lost, and that you can think your way through it. Anyone can get lost, even the experts can and do get lost, but the deciding factor when it comes to surviving is that the experts prepared to become lost.
If you have the skills to survive long enough to starve to death then you would never starve to death. Keep in mind a survival kit is not necessarily a replacement for the typical supplies you would carry if hunting, camping or even hiking. The fixed bladed knife is worn on your belt along with a full canteen of water, with water in the pack as well. This 2-day course offers a great introduction to wilderness survival for all outdoor enthusiasts and covers all basic skills you need to know to survive in the back country. Every year people who venture into the vast northern wilderness for recreation or work get into trouble. During this course we will discuss strategies for survival and you will learn how to assemble your survival kit, how to build an emergency shelter by using tarps as well as all natural material, how to construct and ignite various types of fire for cooking, warmth and signaling, which plants can be used for emergency foods, how to hunt, trap and fish animals for food, where to find water and how to treat it for safe drinking, how to signal for help, how to navigate using the sun and stars. The endless wilderness and untouched nature of the Yukon Territory offer a spectacular setting for our course program and a perfect training area for every bushcraft and survival fans! We do not simulate an emergency situation in this workshop, but will set up a wilderness camp and learn new skills and techniques in a relaxed atmosphere.


By Jason KnightUnderstanding how to create effective wilderness survival shelters is one of the most important outdoor skills. The type of shelter you choose depends on many factors including what materials are available, environmental conditions, choice of heat source, and whether it will be a personal or group shelter. When planning a trip think about which types of survival shelters would be the best options for the season and environment you will be in.
If one were cynical, you might believe some of the situations were staged, because of the extreme nature in some cases, some but not all.
You started out on your outdoor adventure with the intentions of coming back in the same shape as when you left.
A wrong turn, a weather event, an injury or you simply wandered a few yards off the trail and became confused.
You have no idea where you are, and of course, have no idea how to get back to camp, the hunting lodge or home.
If you do not have extensive wilderness survival training then shelter should be your first priority.
Nocturnal predators prowl the woods at night and this includes deadly reptiles such as snakes. A tarp or poncho together with some forest debris means you could have a suitable shelter made in no time. Shelter and fire is needed for morale a psychological shot in the arm if you will, not to mention the very practical need for protection from predators and insects.
Whenever you set out for the woods, regardless of the reason or expected time in the woods, be prepared to stay in the woods overnight or even longer. In most cases however, you would be rescued or would find your own way out before starvation became a problem.
Self-confidence and the will to survive is important, the comfort from food is not to be discounted when in a survival situation. A wilderness survival kit should be an everyday carry (EDC) whenever in a wilderness environment. The poncho and tarp are tightly rolled or folded up and the rest of the items can easily fit in a small pack that can be shouldered or strapped to a bicycle for example. In this hands-on course you will learn how to act if you find yourself in an emergency situation. This is the ideal entry level course for all outdoor enthusiasts, who do not just want to depend on their luck in cases of emergencies. From keeping you protected from the elements to providing a place to rest, wilderness shelters serve a key role in survival situations. A great habit is to practice noticing good shelter locations while hiking.Building wilderness survival shelters can be quite fun and rewarding.
With expert instructors you learn the priorities of basic survival: shelter, water, fire and staying found. Knowing this however, does not take away from the fact that you can actually learn something from the shows.


Regardless of how, the fact is, you are now lost or stranded and you have to deal with it quickly, rationally and skillfully. You do not know what the darkness may bring, so your shelter should be constructed before dark, regardless of the weather conditions. You can also walk off the edge of a cliff, trip and break a leg or fall into a ravine, at the very least shelter in place until daylight. You just do not know what they are until you evaluate your situation calmly and rationally and can see things for what they really are. Food can calm your nerves, and most people would tell you that food would be their first concern if they did ever become lost. A few rules and techniques that are easy to remember will give you the best possible chance of surviving if you get lost or in difficulty while out in the wilderness.
Most wilderness emergencies will get solved within 72 hours, We will show you how to survive those first critical days until search & rescue teams arrive. Not only do they provide for physical needs, but also help create a sense of home in the wilderness.
Spending a night in a shelter built in one day with your own hands provides an amazing sense of self sufficiency and accomplishment. Begin developing long-term wilderness living skills: wild edibles, foraging, camp craft and animal tracking. Restrict your movement and stay in a shaded, sheltered area during the hottest part of the day. The kit is designed to be carried at all times, especially when you think you will only be gone for a few hours or even for just a few minutes.
The focus of this guide is to learn the priorities and stay calm to enable you to make the right choices. With an understanding of the basic principles and hands-on practice, wilderness survival shelters can help you weather almost any survival situation.
You want shelter from breezes to slow the evaporation of sweat to slow down the dehydration process. If a natural disaster strikes, those with the right knowledge will be able to save others’ lives as well as their own. Another good idea is to spend some time practicing the skills when you’re not facing a real danger. When under extreme stress and hungry or thirsty, the effects on the mind can be the biggest danger to our survival.



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