Wilderness Survival School (WSS)

The Wilderness Survival School is designed to provide the skills and self-confidence to increase your odds of survival in an unexpected stay in the wilderness.  Topics covered include, but are not limited to, preventing a survival emergency, psychology/attitude, shelters, signaling, fire craft, and hypothermia. Survival related medical emergencies and other priorities will also be covered.  This course includes three weeknight evening lectures and one overnight field lesson that provides practical training/ experience in a simulated survival situation.  This school is particularly informative to the novice/intermediate hiker, but even very experienced CMC members have found this school valuable.

Enrollment is open to all CMC members (only) with ANY level of backcountry experience or hiking classification.

Schedule for 2020:   

Classroom Schedule for 2020:   

May 14, 2020 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm

May 21, 2020 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm

May 28, 2020 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm

The first classroom session of WSS will be held at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street in Golden,  then at another nearby location to be announced prior to course start date.

The OVERNIGHT FIELD TRAINING SESSION will be on Saturday, June  6, 2020 with a return to town Sunday morning June 7th.  

The overnight training is not a “sink-or-swim” field trip and we will not be surviving off of roots, berries, wild mushrooms or killing and eating bugs/wildlife. The goal is to learn from a simulated survival situation and to practice skills with the equipment we should normally carry in our daypacks.

Our dedicated team of instructors have all been instructing in WSS annually for many years, as well as teaching in numerous other CMC schools and other outdoor courses. They have dozens of years of experience/training in survival, rescue and related outdoor/mountaineering fields. 

Tuition is $59.00.  A textbook and some supplies will be provided.

The Wilderness Survival School (WSS) does not overlap with scheduled dates for the Wilderness Trekking School (WTS)  for those desiring to enroll in both Spring schools.

Watch this site for enrollment information for the next session. Enrollment is expected to open in March 2020.   

For more information, contact the WSS Director:

John Lindner at 303-431-7575 or at [email protected]