Backcountry Self-Reliance Workshop

Teaching Fundamental Outdoor Skills;

Developing Outdoor Competency; and 

Building Backcountry Confidence


The Dynamics of

Backcountry Self- Reliance


The Bare Necessities of Life


Backcountry Knowledge and Skills

Found or Carried Resources


Backcountry Safety


An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

Emergency Preparation


Main Topics


The Backcountry Self-Reliance Workshop is a broad focus workshop of the traditional outdoor knowledge and skills.   These are the essentials for spending time in the backcountry with basic gear.  Even if you use modern backpacking gear, these skills will raise your confidence in backcountry travel and will enhance any backcountry experience.


S.T.O.P. I.T.

Self Awareness

Terrain Awareness

Plant Awareness

Animal Awareness

Atmospheric Awareness

Celestial Awareness


Rope Craft

Knife Craft – Traditional Woodcraft

Clothing Craft – The Natural Way

Shelter Craft – Flat Fabric Camping

Fire Craft – Traditional Fire Methods

Pack Craft – Blanket Pack

Trail Craft Traditional Navigation

Traditional Communication


Registering for a Backcountry

Self-Reliance Workshop


The Backcountry Self-Reliance Workshop works best over three to five days.  Since each workshop is individually designed for your organization or group we will discuss the design for your particular workshop.

For more planning information…

To start the conversation and discuss a workshop with Jeff or to register for a workshop …


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