California Survival School https://www.casurvival.com California's Premier Outdoor Survival School! Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:05:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Ancient Ways 5 Day Primitive Hawaiian Island Adventure! https://www.casurvival.com/ancient-ways-primitive-hawaiian-island-adventure/ Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:07:03 +0000 http://www.casurvival.com/?p=1241 5 Day Primitive Survival & Camping Adventure on Oahu, HI.
Expert Primitive Survival Instruction, Comfortable Low-tech Island Camping.
Guided Hikes Through Pristine Island Forests & Secluded Beach Spots.
All necessary permits, gear and meals provided.
Recommended experience for age 8+.
You choose the date, we book the trip!
 

5 Day Ancient Ways Primitive Hawaiian Island Adventure.

Come experience the Oahu’s North Shore like never before during one of the most unique primitive survival training adventures found anywhere in the world. Leaving the high-tech, modern world behind, you’ll explore coastal & mountain trails as well as breathtaking island outlooks, waterfalls, and beachscapes. While doing so, students will also learn the ancient ways of island living with little more than a knife, a water container, and a blanket. (Those that wish to will have a chance to leave even these modern tools behind!).

Camping Style & Equipment: As the purpose of this 5 day adventure course is to foster development of primitive skills and an intimate connection with your natural surroundings, there is a decided emphasis on using renewable, natural resources to meet basic living needs. Tents, backpacks and many other “required” pieces of outdoor equipment are replaced with their low-tech counterparts: a tarp, a bedroll, etc. This allows students to get some real dirt time living the “know more, carry less” philosophy and exploring how traditional cultures lived comfortably without all the modern gadgets (which are not allowed on our courses). If desired, students will also be given the opportunity to take their experience to the next level, going from low gear situation to no gear lifestyle for a truly primitive experience.

Meals: Meal-time will be an adventure all its own as students learn to cook gourmet in a low-tech open fire environment. Try your hand at traditional island cooking methods like imu earthen ovens and bamboo steamers. Meals are healthy, well balanced, delicious, and cooked from scratch using the finest ingredients. Campers with dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated if you advise us in advance.
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Age: Because of the physical aspect of our adventure courses, we recommend that students be at least 8 years of age. All students under 18 must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian.

Itinerary:

(Day 1): Arrive on island. Your instructors will meet you at the airport after arrival and you’ll begin your adventure traveling to our wilderness location right on the spot. Once on-site, students will have an introductory orientation and begin working on meeting their survival living needs in their new primitive village space. There will also be time for exploring local jungle trails and swimming at our secluded beach!

(Days 2-4): So much to do! We’ll work on primitive skills throughout our stay and explore some of the nearby wonders of Oahu’s North Shore. Student’s will have a chance to learn traditional island living skills of fire starting, shelter, cooking, and more.

(Day 5): After a good night’s sleep and a final swim in the lagoon, we’ll head make our way back to the airport and say our goodbyes after an unforgettable trip.
Care to stay longer or head somewhere new afterwards? Just let us know when booking and we’ll help you make arrangements.

Equipment & Meals: All necessary camping equipment and meals will be provided. We’ll give you a packing list for what to wear and additional items you may wish to bring on your own.

Physical Requirements: This adventure course provides, among many other things, a physical test for its students. There are plenty of short, but physically demanding hiking opportunities during the course as well opportunities to swim and do other physically demand activities. As this adventure can be quite physically challenging, California Survival School REQUIRES THAT ALL ADVENTURE COURSE APPLICANTS UNDERGO A COMPLETE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND RECEIVE THEIR PHYSICIAN’S APPROVAL IN WRITING PRIOR TO FINAL ACCEPTANCE ON THE COURSE. Please keep in mind, despite your physician’s approval and California Survival Schools ‘s acceptance of you on the course, there are no guarantees. Health and participation risks (inherent and otherwise) remain. It’s up to you and your physician to determine if one of our courses is an appropriate choice. All participants must be aware of these risks and accept them. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Additional Information: When you register for your trip you will receive an information packet that covers all the major details of planning for this trip (i.e. – How to get here, pre and/or post-trip nearby lodging recommendations, packing lists, etc.) If you have any additional questions, please email us at info@casurvival.com.

Pricing: In order to better serve our customers, we have switched to an “on-demand” model for our adventure trips (which allows us to leave when you want to). As such, pricing for your trip will be based on the minimum base fee we can charge to run the trip for your group size. Cost per person will drop significantly as your group size increases, as we will be able to spread out costs over a great number of people and give you a better deal.

Trip pricing is as follows:

Single Person Private Adventure – $3599
Two Person Experience – $2599 per person
Three Person Expedition – $1899 per person
Four Person Adventure Trip – $1599 per person
Five Person Outing – $1399 per person
Groups of 6+ People – Please contact us for special group pricing.
*Please note: Prices do not include airfare. Please let us know if you need assistance booking a flight and we can help you make arrangements.

Trip Dates:
You tell us when you want to leave and we’ll book your trip! Trip are easiest to arrange that begin on either on Monday or Tuesday. We prefer that students allow us at least 30 days to make trip arrangements prior to desired departure. Trips arranged for departure in less than 30 days may have additional cost for expediting arrangements.

To Register:

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Cancellation Policies:
Trip cancellation by the student must take place at least 28 days prior to the start of the trip in order to be eligible for a refund.
On rare occasions, a trip is prevented from running due to land closures relating to dangerous weather conditions, fires, etc. You will be notified promptly if a closure occurs and the trip is prevented from running and will receive the option to reschedule for a later trip date or to receive a full refund.

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New Grand Canyon & Hawaii Primitive Survival Trips Are Go! https://www.casurvival.com/new-grand-canyon-hawaii-primitive-survival-trips-are-go/ Wed, 02 Oct 2013 04:48:08 +0000 http://www.casurvival.com/?p=1271 Greetings Primitives!

California Survival School is proud to announce “on demand” primitive survival trips to the Grand Canyon and Hawaii starting October 2013! This change to our programming will allow our students to pick trip dates that best suit their needs so that an unforgettable survival adventure can happen whenever you are ready.

Both destinations are amazing, offering students the best environmental opportunities possible for getting hand-on wilderness survival dirt-time in desert, jungle, and ocean settings. In addition to fantastic primitive survival training, these locations also offer students the chance to deeply connect with their natural surroundings and to explore these famous travel destinations in a way that is experienced by only a handful of visitors who come their way each year.
For more information, please visit our Hawaii and Grand Canyon Adventure pages.

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California Survival School at Elements Gathering July 27th https://www.casurvival.com/california-survival-school-at-elements-gathering-july-27th/ Sun, 07 Jul 2013 07:49:11 +0000 http://www.casurvival.com/?p=1084 Come join California Survival School and head instructor Dan Baird at Elements Gathering on July 27th, 2013. Top primitive skills instructors from all over the country will be on hand for an entire week offering students the chance to learn everything from making stone blades and primitive hunting to ancient pottery and camouflage techniques. Check it out!

Element Gathering Website: Click here

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Upcoming Animal Tracking and Wilderness Awareness Class – August 24th 2013 https://www.casurvival.com/upcoming-animal-tracking-and-wilderness-awareness-class-march-23rd-2013/ Thu, 04 Jul 2013 20:01:24 +0000 http://www.casurvival.com/?p=948 “For 99 percent of the time  we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on  knowing the fine, small details of our world.   Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature  that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the  divine.  – Janine M. Benyus

California Survival School’s Animal Tracking & Wilderness Awareness class is a fast-paced way to kick-start your awareness of the natural world around you into high gear. Our expert staff of naturalists and traditional living skills experts will guide you through an afternoon of activities that will facilitate an understanding of how the natural world around you constantly speaks to those who understand how to listen.

Appropriate for all ages, this class provides a solid foundation for both the camping novice as well as the seasoned outdoorsmen to gain the outdoor skills and understanding necessary to turn your wilderness surroundings from enemy to ally.

Skills & topics covered in the Core Survival Skills Clinic include:

Nature Awareness: Learn to understand the language of the natural world in order to see more wildlife and understand natural indicators that could save your life in a survival situation.

Animal Tracking Basics: Learn about animal behavior fundamentals and methodologies for animal track & sign identification. Track Identification, interpretation, aging, pace, gate, stride, trailing, and eco tracking are just a few of the aspects of tracking covered.

Basic Snare & Traps: Instructors will cover various trapping and snaring methods as well as how, where, and when to set them for maximum effect.

Click here for more details and to register now.

 

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WilderSkills is here! https://www.casurvival.com/wilderskills-is-here/ Sat, 01 Jun 2013 07:36:26 +0000 http://www.casurvival.com/?p=1079 Hey Folks!

California Survival School is proud to announce the launch of  WilderSkills, our sister program for youth in the SF Bay Area.

WilderSkills is a lifechanging primitive skills and deep nature connection community for California youth ages 10 to 17. Our motto is “Ancient skills, Wild Adventures, & Deep Connection”. Learn more at WilderSkills.com or check out our latest camp photos on our Facebook page here.

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What About Bad Weather? https://www.casurvival.com/what-about-bad-weather/ Wed, 20 Mar 2013 04:37:27 +0000 http://www.casurvival.com/?p=969 At California Survival School we believe that weather is neither good nor bad, it just is!

As such, we operate rain or shine and do not cancel classes for rainy, windy or hot, etc. days. We just ask that students dress appropriately for the weather (and come prepared for potential changes in weather!). We also ask that students remember to bring things such as water and a lunch to our day classes in order to help their body properly regulate core temperature.

Furthermore, while we do not cancel classes for weather, we may decide to cancel classes or events if we deem that conditions are unsafe (i.e – flash flooding danger, tornadoes, forest fires, etc.). If classes are cancelled, we will do our best to contact students as quickly as possible via email and phone.

 

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California Survival School on ABC 7 News Los Angeles! https://www.casurvival.com/california-survival-school-on-abc-7-news-los-angeles/ Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:28:27 +0000 http://www.casurvival.com/?p=881 Hey friends!

California Survival School was recently featured on ABC 7 News Los Angeles with Alysha Del Valle. This video of the interview provides a great overview of some of the great offerings our programs our now providing to California Residents.

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5 Day Grand Canyon Primitive Survival Adventure! https://www.casurvival.com/5-day-grand-canyon-primitive-survival-adventure/ Sat, 01 Dec 2012 12:39:07 +0000 http://www.casurvival.com/?p=763 5 Day Primitive Survival & Camping Adventure.
Expert Primitive Survival Instruction, Comfortable Low-tech Camping.
Guided Hikes Through Some of the Grand Canyon’s Most Breathtaking Spots
All necessary permits, gear and meals provided.
Recommended experience for age 12+.
You choose the date, we book the trip!
 

 
 

5 Day Grand Canyon Primitive Camping Adventure.

Come experience the Grand Canyon’s natural and cultural wonders on one of the most engaging primitive learning experiences found anywhere in the world. Leaving the high-tech, modern world behind, you’ll explore the desert washes, mountain trails, and breathtaking mineral blue streams and waterfalls of the Grand Canyon with little more than a knife, a water container, and a blanket. (Those that wish to will have a chance to leave even these modern tools behind!) You can’t get much more immersed in the natural world than on this course.

Camping Style & Equipment: As the purpose of this 5 day adventure course is to foster development of primitive skills and an intimate connection with your natural surroundings, there is a decided emphasis on using renewable, natural resources to meet basic living needs. Tents, backpacks and many other “required” pieces of outdoor equipment are replaced with their low-tech counterparts: a tarp, a bedroll, etc. This allows students to get some real dirt time living the “know more, carry less” philosophy and exploring how traditional cultures lived comfortably without all the modern gadgets (which are not allowed on our courses). If desired, students will also be given the opportunity to take their experience to the next level, going from low gear situation to no gear lifestyle for a truly primitive experience.

Meals: Meal-time will be an adventure all its own as students learn to cook gourmet in a low-tech open fire environment. Meals are healthy, well balanced, delicious, and cooked from scratch using the finest ingredients. Campers with dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated if you advise us in advance.

Skills Covered: Traditional living skills cover during the 5 day trip will include primitive fire construction, desert ecology & travel, campsite selection, “leave no trace” ethics, trail hygiene, shelter location and construction techniques, water location and purification, nature observation skills, and basic edible & medicinal plants.

Age: Because of the physical aspect of our adventure courses, we recomment that students be at least 12 years of age. All students under 18 must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian.

Itinerary:

(Day 1): Early Start Hilltop parking lot. All participants MUST BE AT THE PARKING LOT no later than 7:30 AM on Day 1. You will find lodging recommendations in your pre-trip information packet to help you find lodging nearby if desired. We’ll then start our breathtaking hike down into the majestic Grand Canyon towards our base camp, a distance of about 10 miles to our camping area. After arrival, we’ll set up camp and take a well-deserved rest in among some of the most beautiful country you’ll ever lay eyes on.

(Days 2-4): So much to do! We’ll work on primitive skills throughout our stay and explore some of the nearby wonders of the Grand Canyon including world-class swimming in the Southwest’s most famous waterfalls, as well as stunning day hikes to explore places surrounding fall and canyons.

(Day 5): After a good night’s sleep and a look around a nearby village, we’ll head back on up the trail at a good pace until we reach our cars and say our goodbyes after an unforgettable trip.

Equipment & Meals: All necessary camping equipment and meals will be provided. We’ll give you a packing list for what to wear and additional items you may wish to bring on your own.

Physical Requirements: This adventure course provides, among many other things, a physical test for its students. Students hike over the rugged terrain a distance of over 10 miles on the first and last days of the trip and there are plenty of shorter, but physically demanding hiking opportunities during other days of the course as well. As this adventure can be quite physically challenging, California Survival School REQUIRES THAT ALL ADVENTURE COURSE APPLICANTS UNDERGO A COMPLETE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION AND RECEIVE THEIR PHYSICIAN’S APPROVAL IN WRITING PRIOR TO FINAL ACCEPTANCE ON THE COURSE. Please keep in mind, despite your physician’s approval and California Survival Schools ‘s acceptance of you on the course, there are no guarantees. Health and participation risks (inherent and otherwise) remain. It’s up to you and your physician to determine if one of our courses is an appropriate choice. All participants must be aware of these risks and accept them. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Additional Information: When you register for a hiking trip you will receive an information packet that covers all the major details of planning for this trip (i.e. – How to get here, pre and post-trip nearby lodging recommendations, packing lists, etc.) If you have any additional questions, please email us at info@casurvival.com.

Pricing: In order to better serve our customers, we have switched to an “on-demand” model for our adventure trips (which allows us to leave when you want to). As such, pricing for your trip will be based on the minimum base fee we can charge to run the trip for your group size. Cost per person will drop significantly as your group size increase as we will be able to spread out cost over a great number of people.

Trip pricing is as follows:

Single Person Private Adventure – $3249
Two Person Experience – $2099 per person
Three Person Expedition – $1699 per person
Four Person Adventure Trip – $1299 per person
Five Person Outing – $1199 per person
Groups of 6+ People – Please contact us for special group pricing.

Trip Dates:
You tell us when you want to leave and we’ll book your trip! Trip are easiest to arrange that begin on either on Monday or Tuesday. We prefer that students allow us at least 30 days to make trip arrangements prior to desired departure. Trips arranged for departure in less than 30 days may have additional cost for expediting arrangements.

To Register:

Cancellation Policies:
Trip cancellation by the student must take place at least 28 days prior to the start of the trip in order to be eligible for a refund.
On rare occasions, a trip is prevented from running due to land closures relating to dangerous weather conditions, fires, etc. You will be notified promptly if a closure occurs and the trip is prevented from running and will receive the option to reschedule for a later trip date or to receive a full refund.

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10/24/12 – 5 Day Havasupai Primitive Survival Adventure https://www.casurvival.com/5-day-havasupai-primitive-survival-adventure-10-24-12/ Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:41:34 +0000 http://cal-survival-school.evasites.com/?p=414
Join up to 9 other students and three staff members for 5 days to experience Havasupai falls natural and cultural wonders on one of the most the unique primitive living experiences found anywhere in the world. Leaving the high-tech, modern world behind, you explore the desert washes, mountain trails, and breathtaking mineral blue streams and waterfalls of the Grand Canyon with little more than a knife, a water bottle, and a blanket. You can’t get much more immersed in the natural world than on this course. Click the “Register Now” button below to view complete trips details on the next page.

Review Available Dates and Times: Click on a “Register Now” button to proceed with a real-time booking within our secure payment process. If you’re interested in booking a departure with a red SOLD OUT button, click on the button to find out more.
]]> Orange County + Los Angeles https://www.casurvival.com/firestone-scout-reservation-directions/ Sun, 29 Jul 2012 00:54:19 +0000 http://www.casurvival.com/?p=720 Firestone Scout Reservation – 19001 Tonner Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92821
Driving directions to Firestone Scout Reservation can be obtained by clicking on the Google maps image below.
Please Note: After exiting the 57N Freeway and turning left onto Tonner Canyon Road, you will immediately arrive at a security gate guarding the access road to the Firestone Scout Reservation. Inform the personnel at the gate that you will be taking a class at Firestone Scout reservation and they will pass you through. Additionally, the gate personnel can provide you with a camp-site map and directions to the camp area where your class will be held. Please also note that it will take approx 15 minutes to arrive at the class site via car after passing through the security gate. As such. please allow extra time in your tavels for this so that you do not miss the start of class. Thanks and see you soon!

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