First Circle Camp California
Practical Wilderness Survival Training
For Men and Women
A very wise woman once said;
“Our people used traditional knowledge from the forest, to help themselves…Learn to carry your box of matches in your mind and muscle” ~Vaasilli Moelagi Jackson. Savaii, Western Samoa.
First Circle Camp is the Standard in California Wilderness Survival Training
First Circle Camp features empowering survival skills emphasizing primitive and modern technology. You will learn the how to: of shelter, water, fire, and food. First Circle Camp provides outstanding hands-on outdoor survival training. Instruction is accomplished in a relaxed, fun, and friendly learning environment.
Our field camps are rustic with few modern amenities as you would expect from an outdoor school. Low Camp, is nestled in a narrow canyon with towering ancient limestone cliffs. These cliffs provide habitat for many species of wildlife including both Golden and Bald eagles. Low Camp, is just north of the community of Weed, California.
High Camp sits at an elevation of 6100′ in the Klamath mountains. More remote, High Camp provides spectacular scenery in a wilderness setting. Both of our field camps have fresh water sources including springs and creeks.
Have reservations about attending Camp?
Just in case you are wondering; most training activities are held right at camp. We do not do long marches, starve you with no food, make you eat bugs, carry heavy backpacks, or other scary things you might imagine. However, if your interested in what insects you can eat, or if you want to sample insects, Will be happy to show you.
First Circle Camp is designed to accommodate beginners as well as folks who have outdoor hiking or backpacking experience. You can never learn enough especially if you enjoy the outdoors as much as we do.
What we do
However we do push your comfort level in a reasonable way. It’s important you can get a sense of what it might be like in real survival. We have exercises to expand your senses, movement, and awareness in nature. My mission as your fearless leader is to increase your wilderness survival skills dramatically!
Where I began
I first began learning the skills of woodcraft and survival during our family campouts as a youngster. I learned more as I traveled and backpacked as a teenager. When I lived just outside of Yosemite National Park I learned to survive in snow, when backcountry skiing, rock climbing, and mountaineering.
Later in life my interest in primitive living skills grew. I wondered how to make a fire by rubbing sticks together. That question became my new passion.
First Circle Camp. Wilderness Survival Training
Here are the skills and knowledge we provide you during camp. It’s exciting stuff.
- shelter – primitive and modern types
- clothing – layering and natural insulation
- water – locate, solar – treatment and filtering systems
- fire – modern and primitive friction fire
- wild food – plant, insect, and animal
- wild plant – medicinal and utilitarian
- survival knife – sharpening, use, and safety
- primitive hunting tools
- animal tracking – nature observation
- the hunt – controlled stillness and movement, stalking and camouflage
- trapping methods – snare, deadfall
- survival attitude
- staying found
You will become more at home, prepared, and confident in the outdoors then you ever imagined. Each day increases your knowledge and skill level.
Register today. You will be glad you did.
First Circle Camp
Where: Mount Shasta, California
August 12 – 17 at High Camp ~CLOSED
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“I was nervous to learn that I would be the only woman at my First Circle Camp. After meeting Mark, his staff, and the other participants, I was immediately relieved of all my worry. Mark and the staff went out of their way to make me feel comfortable: worked hard to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment. Because of the kindness and awareness of the six men in the group, I was able to focus all my energy on learning wilderness skills instead of on the fact that I was the only woman. Big thanks to Mark and everyone else for a great experience and fantastic adventure!” ~Michelle Killingsworth.
Ladies, Michelle is not the only woman who has attended First Circle Camp with us over the years, but she is one of the few who attend as the only female. Generally, our attendance of women is about 30% of the group. The exception was last May 2017 when the Ladies outnumbered the fellows. Way to go gals!
“Dear Mark, I’ve wanted to write ever since I left camp but I’ve been struggling with what to say…it was such a beautiful experience for me. I still don’t really know what all to say, but I do know I want to say THANK YOU for everything!”
~ Pam N.
“Lifesong Wilderness Adventures provides such a wonderful experience. Whether participating in refresher courses or new courses, I always feel incredibly empowered and confident afterward. Dirt-Time is hard to come by for me due to my day job. Lifesong provides a mix of class and dirt-time that allows for continuous growth and awareness that I can use not just in the great outdoors, but even at home and at work. Thank you, Mark, for being such an inspiring and patient teacher. And to the staff!!! WOW! I might have gained some weight during my week at First Circle Camp. Thank you, Jayson and Robert!!” ~Roberta Kellis
“I wanted to share with you and your team my thoughts and reaction to Life Song Adventures. When thinking of my experience what comes to mind is magical, awe-inspiring and Life changing.When I got home I couldn’t thank my wife and daughter enough for giving me the gift of Life Song for my 60th birthday. You have given something back to me that I thought I had been lost long ago, the wonder of nature and my place in it. ~Jeff Holden.
More Camp Info
- Students: minimum age 18 – enrollment maximum 12
- Requirements: none
- Camp duration: 6 days 5 nights
- Schedule: begins on a Sunday 4:00 pm – ends on a Friday at 12:00 pm (noon)
- Location: northern California near Mt Shasta
- Accommodations: primitive outdoor camping
- Meals: breakfast and dinner included
- Equipment: a registration packet will be supplied after enrollment; tent and sleeping pad rentals are available for $30
- Parking: $20.00 per vehicle
Transport: shuttle service from Medford, Oregon airport $100; Dunsmuir, CA train station $75; and, Weed, CA Greyhound bus station free
We reserve the right to include or omit any of the course topics listed. Instructors and Staff: Mark Wienert owner-founder and head instructor; Staff – LWA volunteers