Colorado is notorious for its snow, downhill and back country skiing. It is also notorious for its sudden flash storms and blizzards that commonly catch the unsuspecting outdoor adventurer off guard. Many have died in Colorado because we have blue skies in the morning but by midday, a vicious storm has rolled in before a hiker, unprepared for winter survival, has time to react. Even the most experienced of hikers have become trapped in Colorado’s snow storms. Colorado may not have the largest amount of constant cumulative snow, but will be the type of winter survival weather conditions a typical outdoors-man will find himself in during the winter. You will not get the convenience of a 12 foot snow drift to build your winter palace.
Surviving in the extreme cold is mostly about staying warm, keeping your body temperature up and getting out of the elements. The traditional survival techniques do not always apply, due to the cold and wet surroundings. The winter survival course will teach you how to build snow and primitive shelters, that will allow you to ride out a storm, and how to build a fire to keep you warm in frigid temperatures. We will discuss the dangers of hypothermia, frostbite, dehydration, and snow blindness and ways to prevent them.
Avalanche danger in Colorado is very high and a frequent killer of man, so we will go over what to look for to keep you out of harms way when you are traversing through the back country.
Skills taught will include:
-Primitive shelters and snow shelters
-Primitive and Modern fire starting methods in a cold environment
-Use of snow as water
-Full Length Body Fire and the All Night Fire
-The use of lightweight food gathering tools
-Primitive Snow Shoes
Food and Water: Water will be provided but you will need to provide your own food of your choice. You can also purchase food locally once you get here. Walmart and several local eateries are within a close drive away.
Length: 3 days/2 nights
Minimum Recommended Equipment: Its going to be cold! Bring cold weather clothing, a good sleeping bag and a sturdy shelter system. Sunscreen and UV protective sunglasses. A collapsible snow shovel is recommended but not necessary.
We will not provide you with any gear, so please come prepared. Fixed blade knife preferable a mora style knife, folding saw, paracord, overnight camping gear, winter sleeping bag and a small backpack.
Clothing Required: Warm outdoor clothing, warm gloves and hat, winter boots and wool socks. Layers are important in Colorado. You will want a water wicking base layer, an insulating mid layer, and a waterproof breathable outer shell.
Firearms: We are firearm friendly. We encourage you to bring firearms just like you would with your EDC or Bug Out Bag. Please be advised, unsafe use or poor firearm safety will not be tolerated and may be subject to immediate expulsion from the class, without a refund.
Instructor: Jason Marsteiner (Lvl 1 Instructor)
Overnight Camping: You’re welcome to spend the night before and night after the course at our camp!
Airport and Bus Stops: If you are arriving by bus or plane, we can pick you up. Contact us to make arrangements.