Wilderness Survival School (WSS)

We are hopeful we will be able to resume our annual classes of WSS in 2021.  There is uncertainty of what the future holds due to the COVID-19 outbreak relating to safely conducting CMC Schools. Closer to the time WSS opens for registration (probably in March 2021) we’ll then follow the CMC Management’s guidelines at that time.  Our priority is conducting the school with the safety and well being of our students and instructors.  Classroom scheduling and our USFS Use Permit is reflected in dates here assuming we are able to resume.

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.

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.

Planned dates for 2021 session areas follows.  LECTURE SESSIONS: May, 12, 19 & 26 from 7 to 9:30 pm at the American Mountaineering Center.  The overnight field session will be Sat/Sun, June 5 and 6. 

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.

For more information, contact the WSS Director:

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