Practical Wilderness Survival Back Country Skills
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.
Folks, were taking the 2019 California season off. Looking forward to more adventures to share in 2020. See you then.
Where: Mount Shasta, CA
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First Circle 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 of shelter, water, fire, and food. First Circle Camp provides outstanding hands-on outdoor survival training. Our training is professional, engaging, and fun.
What to expect at First Circle
Camp is primitive with no modern conveniences. Mountain weather is subject to change. Rain and thunder storms are not uncommon even during the dry months. Expect a primitive experience in rugged terrain. ‘Leave No Trace’ and ‘Tread Lightly’ are applied for successful wilderness camping.
What we do
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 is to increase your wilderness survival skills. Train you to be better prepared to hike and camp in wilderness, and provide you with the basic skills needed.
First Circle Wilderness Survival Training
Here are the skills and knowledge we provide you during camp. It’s exciting stuff.
- leave no trace
- living out of a backpack
- backpack cuisine
- shelter – primitive and emergency
- 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 identification
- survival knife – sharpening, use, and safety
- primitive tools
- animal tracking – nature observation
- demonstrate trapping methods – snare, dead-fall
- staying found – map and compass
- survival attitude
Become more at home, prepared, and confident in the outdoors then you ever imagined. Each day increases your experience, knowledge, and skill level.
“I was nervous to learn that I would be the only woman at my First Circle. 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 Course Info
- Students: minimum age 18 – enrollment maximum 12
- Requirements: be able to hike in rough and even uneven ground with a backpack and 30 lbs of gear or more
- Camp duration: 6 days 5 nights
- Schedule: begins on a Sunday 4:00 pm – ends on a Friday at 12:00 pm (noon)
- Location: shasta-trinity national forest – northern California near Mt Shasta
- Accommodations: primitive outdoor camping
- Meals: food provided
- 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