Ladies in the Wilderness -- Essentials of Survival


Intro to Ladies In the Wilderness Training: Essentials of Survival

This series of workshops is similar to the In the Wilderness Training with added topics specific to the needs and concerns of women, Q&A for women, and taught by women. We hope to empower women to enjoy the wilderness, be confident with their skills, and be safe. These classes only have ladies enrolled.

you should develop mastery of These lifesaving skills before you leave your car for a day hike or before you leave the main highway. Mountain roads get washed-out, roads get blocked by downed trees and power lines, cars breakdown, hikers get separated from their group, leaders get the group lost or didn’t understand the difficulty of the trail, people get injured, the GPS may be wrong or failed. There are skills beyond survival we believe you should learn to have the most enjoyable wilderness experience each time you go out. We also go over the pros and cons of various basic gear for your own particular needs, you will get to try out gear before you decide to buy. You will discover the more you know the less you need to buy and carry.

This workshop is the starting point, these are the skills we want all our hiking companions to have before going out so we all have a good experience. After completing all of the workshops in Essentials of Survival and Deep Wilderness Access: Off-Road Driving and Deep Wilderness Access: Backpacking you could start leading deep wilderness backpacking trips. You may also decide that you would like to get certified to teach any of the workshops we teach or become a mentor working with us; this is your starting point.

The point is to have the skills to have great memories and continue to enjoy what wilderness areas offer for many years and to raise your bar to have new adventures with great experiences under our mentorship.

FYI, these are the same skills and materials taught as are in our total immersion Northwestern Outdoor Leadership Institute certification classes less the deep practice and testing. Session E01: Basic Survival Skills and Session E02: Fire must be completed before attending any other session in the block. The Essentials block must be completed before any session from any other block can be taken. Having the skills in this block you could survive up to 3 weeks with what you have in your daypack.


Session EOS 01: Basic Survival Skills

Email to register Ladies in the Wilderness EOS-01 in the Idaho Panhandle

Topics Covered

These are the most basic skills necessary to have as well as making informed decisions in selecting basic gear to have an enjoyable hiking, hunting, or backpacking trip or to survive if separated from the leader.


Other Ladies in the Wilderness Essentials of Survival Workshops

The first bit of knowledge you should memorize is for your survival is the Tenets of Threes. Three Hours Without Shelter, Three Days Without Water, Three Weeks Without Food. This is important so you are using your most precious resources of energy and time effectively. If you are lost or injured, if you feel panic coming on Stop and Sit, Think about the Tenet of Threes, Observe, and Plan. The rest of the workshops offered in this Essentials of Survival Skills Block (EOS) are listed in their level of importance. Fire is a key skill in all other classes and also this knowledge is key to you and your community’s safety. EOS-04 Rope and Glue Workshop includes skills used in all other classes.

Fire is a key skill in all other classes and also this knowledge is key to you and your community’s safety. EOS-04 Rope and Glue Workshop include skills used in all other classes. The skill in this block should be considered the base level of competence to lead others for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Please Note: You must have mastery of the skills covered in EOS-01 and EOS-02 (Fire) before moving on to additional skills workshops as they build on these the most basic of safety skills.

The Other Building Blocks in our Wilderness Series

Please Note: All seven sessions of the Essentials of Survival block must be taken before taking any of the other blocks.

Click here for information on all the workshops in the Ladies in the Wilderness Essentials Series

In the Wilderness Essentials Co-Ed


"When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry. It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead and where you found me, no matter how many years from now. Please find it in your heart to mail the contents of this bag to one of them."
—Geraldine Largay -- her last journal entry nearly 4 weeks after steeping from the trail and 2 years before her body was found.
"Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival"
—W. Edwards Deming