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Advanced Survival

4 days, 3 nights, 3.5 CEU's

Prerequisite: Minimum requirement: Completion of the Intermediate Survival Class.

Required Gear List - Click Here

About the Advanced Survival Class – There will be a high demand to perform various skills from Basic and Intermediate classes taught at The Pathfinder School.

Examples

  • friction fire off the landscape
  • advanced navigation
  • long term shelter construction
  • water disinfection
  • and more…

Instruction in this course is limited to new topics only. We will test the limits of your current knowledge base, creating mental and physical stress. You will experience water, sleep, and food deprivation until you accomplish tasks that may be needed in a real emergency.

The Mental Challenge – Regardless of whether-or-not the entire class is working at the same rate, the following will continue…

  • New lessons daily
  • New Deliverables added daily

Breaking Point – This course has an 80% tap out rate primarily due to the following

  • Not prepared physically
  • Not prepared mentally
  • Not training appropriately in the skills necessary prior to the class

What you can do to prepare - Practice the skills from previous courses. Put in the dirt time!

  • Exercise regularly
  • Mentality: expect the unexpected
  • Critical thinking and time management skills are extremely important
  • Clear mind and focus

IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level, this class is more than likely the most intense and rigorous class you will ever take. It has been compared to special forces training by those in the armed services (their words, not ours)- so you should be fit and healthy to expect to complete the course. This class will include daily treks up to 20 miles, collecting resources over terrain which may be very muddy and uneven while carrying your gear. All food, water, and toilet facilities must be procured from the landscape with minimal gear.

If you suffer from a medical condition that requires medication, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you undergo surgery or a hospital stay within 30 days of the class, DO NOT attempt this course.

Highly recommend - physically prepare yourself at least 1-3 months in advance of this class. Based on your “starting point” physical condition.

  • Hiking – uneven terrain will provide the most benefit.
  • Walking regularly (at least 3-5 times weekly) for 5K
  • Work your way up to a pack weight of 50lb before the class begins

As the premier school for self-reliance, our training exceeds that of any other school in the nation; so please take it seriously and take the time to physically prepare. It is strongly recommended to take Basic, Pioneer, Scout and Wilderness First Aid classes before taking this class.

Non-Patch Qualification Policy

  • When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Advanced Survival (by going for the patch); we do not allow anyone to remain in camp without the instructor’s present. At this level, only those going for the Patch Qualification will be allowed to remain on school grounds.
  • If you tap out for any reason, at any point during the course, a helper will be assigned to aid you in packing your equipment so you may leave the school grounds.

Qualifications Issued

  • To those graduating: An Advanced Patch and Certificate of Completion, signed by the Instructional staff, will be issued.
  • Documents note Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be awarded.

Age Requirement:
Students must be at least 18 years of age.

If you bring a minor that is not your child, you must have a signed Emergency Care Authorization form filled out by that child's parent(s) or legal guardian. Reference your Confirmation email for this document.

NOTE: IF YOU NEED TO ORDER GEAR FROM SELF RELIANCE OUTFITTERS YOU MUST DO SO NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO CLASS TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR GEAR. ORDERS CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO THE SCHOOL PROPERTY FOR PICK UP.

Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be no camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the classes conclude.

Each class is instructed by highly trained and professional outdoor/wilderness instructors. Each instructor teaches the Pathfinder School system and is authorized by Dave Canterbury. Instructors, including Dave Canterbury, can vary class to class.

Exxon Gas Station located at 7575 Rte. 327 Wellston, OH 45692 (740) 384-4767 at 8am on the first day of class (unless otherwise noted in the individual class description). A Pathfinder Instructor will be there to meet you.  From there you will be lead to the school property.

Nearby Hotels:

Comfort Inn

605 E. Main St, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-7581

Aprrox. 8.1 miles (12 minutes) from class meeting location.

Approx. 10.9 miles (27 minutes) from the School Property

Days Inn 

972 E Main St, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-3464

Aprrox. 7.7 miles (9 minutes) from class meeting location.

Approx. 10.4 miles (24 minutes) from the School Property

Red Roof Inn

1000 Acy Ave, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 288-1200

Aprrox. 7.8 miles (10 minutes) from class meeting location.

Approx. 10.6 miles (24 minutes) from the School Property

 

Nearby Camp Grounds:

Lake Alma State Park

422 Lake Alma Road, Wellston, OH 45692 - Reservations (866) 644-6727 Park Office (740) 384-4474

Aprrox. 3.1 miles (7 minutes) from class meeting location.

Jackson Lake State Park

35 Tommy Been Road, Oak Hill, OH 45656 - Reservations (866) 644-6727 Park Office (740) 682-6197

Approx. 21.3 miles (29 minutes) from class meeting location.

All students must read, agree, and sign a Liability Waiver and Release form for the Pathfinder School LLC and the venue prior to attending the course. This can be signed brought to the course and given to staff upon arrival. No student will attend training without both forms being on file. Please note we do not share this information with anyone.

Click here for the Pathfinder School Liability Waiver and Release. 

If you need to cancel..

Once you purchase a class for The Pathfinder School, the Pathfinder Gathering, or for a Self Reliance Outfitters store event, you have up to 14 days before the event or class to cancel and receive a refund. This provides us time to open the spot for someone else to purchase. 

Any cancellations past that threshold will not be eligible for a refund. A cancellation due to an emergency will be handled on a case by case basis and will only be eligible for a store gift card.

If you do not show up for a class or event your registration fees are forfeited and no refunds or store credits will be issued.

If a class gets canceled...

We require a minimum of 5 to 10 students to conduct a class (depending on the class).  If a class needs to be cancelled due to an insufficient number of registrations, you will be contacted by phone or email. You will then have the option to transfer to another class (if available), receive a store gift card, or a refund.

Please note: The Pathfinder School LLC is not responsible for travel expenses, airline tickets, or other accommodations if a class is cancelled.

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Advanced Survival Class - Ohio

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*Pathfinder Classes are not eligible for discounts.

Advanced Survival

4 days, 3 nights, 3.5 CEU's

Prerequisite: Minimum requirement: Completion of the Intermediate Survival Class.

Required Gear List - Click Here

About the Advanced Survival Class – There will be a high demand to perform various skills from Basic and Intermediate classes taught at The Pathfinder School.

Examples

  • friction fire off the landscape
  • advanced navigation
  • long term shelter construction
  • water disinfection
  • and more…

Instruction in this course is limited to new topics only. We will test the limits of your current knowledge base, creating mental and physical stress. You will experience water, sleep, and food deprivation until you accomplish tasks that may be needed in a real emergency.

The Mental Challenge – Regardless of whether-or-not the entire class is working at the same rate, the following will continue…

  • New lessons daily
  • New Deliverables added daily

Breaking Point – This course has an 80% tap out rate primarily due to the following

  • Not prepared physically
  • Not prepared mentally
  • Not training appropriately in the skills necessary prior to the class

What you can do to prepare - Practice the skills from previous courses. Put in the dirt time!

  • Exercise regularly
  • Mentality: expect the unexpected
  • Critical thinking and time management skills are extremely important
  • Clear mind and focus

IMPORTANT: Regardless of your experience or skill level, this class is more than likely the most intense and rigorous class you will ever take. It has been compared to special forces training by those in the armed services (their words, not ours)- so you should be fit and healthy to expect to complete the course. This class will include daily treks up to 20 miles, collecting resources over terrain which may be very muddy and uneven while carrying your gear. All food, water, and toilet facilities must be procured from the landscape with minimal gear.

If you suffer from a medical condition that requires medication, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you undergo surgery or a hospital stay within 30 days of the class, DO NOT attempt this course.

Highly recommend - physically prepare yourself at least 1-3 months in advance of this class. Based on your “starting point” physical condition.

  • Hiking – uneven terrain will provide the most benefit.
  • Walking regularly (at least 3-5 times weekly) for 5K
  • Work your way up to a pack weight of 50lb before the class begins

As the premier school for self-reliance, our training exceeds that of any other school in the nation; so please take it seriously and take the time to physically prepare. It is strongly recommended to take Basic, Pioneer, Scout and Wilderness First Aid classes before taking this class.

Non-Patch Qualification Policy

  • When a student enrolls it is fully expected that they intend to certify in Advanced Survival (by going for the patch); we do not allow anyone to remain in camp without the instructor’s present. At this level, only those going for the Patch Qualification will be allowed to remain on school grounds.
  • If you tap out for any reason, at any point during the course, a helper will be assigned to aid you in packing your equipment so you may leave the school grounds.

Qualifications Issued

  • To those graduating: An Advanced Patch and Certificate of Completion, signed by the Instructional staff, will be issued.
  • Documents note Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be awarded.

Age Requirement:
Students must be at least 18 years of age.

If you bring a minor that is not your child, you must have a signed Emergency Care Authorization form filled out by that child's parent(s) or legal guardian. Reference your Confirmation email for this document.

NOTE: IF YOU NEED TO ORDER GEAR FROM SELF RELIANCE OUTFITTERS YOU MUST DO SO NO LATER THAN TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO CLASS TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR GEAR. ORDERS CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO THE SCHOOL PROPERTY FOR PICK UP.

Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be no camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the classes conclude.

Each class is instructed by highly trained and professional outdoor/wilderness instructors. Each instructor teaches the Pathfinder School system and is authorized by Dave Canterbury. Instructors, including Dave Canterbury, can vary class to class.

Exxon Gas Station located at 7575 Rte. 327 Wellston, OH 45692 (740) 384-4767 at 8am on the first day of class (unless otherwise noted in the individual class description). A Pathfinder Instructor will be there to meet you.  From there you will be lead to the school property.

Nearby Hotels:

Comfort Inn

605 E. Main St, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-7581

Aprrox. 8.1 miles (12 minutes) from class meeting location.

Approx. 10.9 miles (27 minutes) from the School Property

Days Inn 

972 E Main St, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 286-3464

Aprrox. 7.7 miles (9 minutes) from class meeting location.

Approx. 10.4 miles (24 minutes) from the School Property

Red Roof Inn

1000 Acy Ave, Jackson, OH 45640 (740) 288-1200

Aprrox. 7.8 miles (10 minutes) from class meeting location.

Approx. 10.6 miles (24 minutes) from the School Property

 

Nearby Camp Grounds:

Lake Alma State Park

422 Lake Alma Road, Wellston, OH 45692 - Reservations (866) 644-6727 Park Office (740) 384-4474

Aprrox. 3.1 miles (7 minutes) from class meeting location.

Jackson Lake State Park

35 Tommy Been Road, Oak Hill, OH 45656 - Reservations (866) 644-6727 Park Office (740) 682-6197

Approx. 21.3 miles (29 minutes) from class meeting location.

All students must read, agree, and sign a Liability Waiver and Release form for the Pathfinder School LLC and the venue prior to attending the course. This can be signed brought to the course and given to staff upon arrival. No student will attend training without both forms being on file. Please note we do not share this information with anyone.

Click here for the Pathfinder School Liability Waiver and Release. 

If you need to cancel..

Once you purchase a class for The Pathfinder School, the Pathfinder Gathering, or for a Self Reliance Outfitters store event, you have up to 14 days before the event or class to cancel and receive a refund. This provides us time to open the spot for someone else to purchase. 

Any cancellations past that threshold will not be eligible for a refund. A cancellation due to an emergency will be handled on a case by case basis and will only be eligible for a store gift card.

If you do not show up for a class or event your registration fees are forfeited and no refunds or store credits will be issued.

If a class gets canceled...

We require a minimum of 5 to 10 students to conduct a class (depending on the class).  If a class needs to be cancelled due to an insufficient number of registrations, you will be contacted by phone or email. You will then have the option to transfer to another class (if available), receive a store gift card, or a refund.

Please note: The Pathfinder School LLC is not responsible for travel expenses, airline tickets, or other accommodations if a class is cancelled.

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A.A.
If your thinking about the course do it.

If your thinking about taking it to the advanced level and taking the course my advice is start at the basic level and go through the basic, intermediate, then advanced. It well give one a great feeling of accomplishment but also set you up for success knowing what's expected of you and how hard your going to have to work outside of the classroom to pass. It's a great program I've been to alot of training programs schools etc for alot of others things and this is the place you want to be if your wanting to learn survival. This program will give you self pride and achievement. At the end of the day it comes down to do you want it or not no one can teach you that but this school will give you the tools to succeed that's for sure. 5 stars for the school and for every class they put on. Money well spent.

J
J.C.
Dig twice as deep as you think you ought to...

This last week I have been in Ohio for the Pathfinder Advanced course. It's a survival course and it's meant to be a true test of self. Over the last several months, I've been working up to this and it's the 7th course that I've taken between Pathfinder and Flint and Steel. During this course you bring no food, no water, no redundancies, no fire starters... You are coming to the woods of Ohio to learn what it is like to be truly self-reliant in a "controlled" environment. I put quotes because you are out in and around the property, but you are not in the presence of instructors or safety for many hours of the day as you navigate the terrain, gather resources, and build the tools you need for the course. You will get very little sleep, very little comforts, and well depending on the season... very little time with dry feet and a warm corpus.

M
M.M.
Be Prepared Mentally & Physically..

This class is a culmination of all the survival classes taught at the Pathfinder School. If you have not prepared yourself physically through fitness training and mentally by gaining confidence and proficiency in the basic skills, this class will be difficult if not impossible. You need to accept ahead of time that you will be very physically engaged while completing your deliverables and will most likely endure some periods of dehydration, lack of calories, insufficient rest and mental stress. While all this sounds rough, when you are in it you learn to push yourself to the next level and beyond. I believe that is the whole goal of this class, to push you beyond what most people would ever push themselves. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in this class and that I completed it successfully. There was a time or two That I thought I may have to tap out, but the instructors would not give up on me and that was just the motivation I needed to push on to success. When you enroll in this class just know that you will be challenged and be prepared for whatever challenges (and surprises) the instructors have in store for you. When you do complete this course, you will have a feeling of accomplishment that you will not soon forget and the overall experience will be one you will never regret.

G
G.D.A.
Good work Dave to you and all your team!

I would like to take the time to write about the Pathfinder Advanced Class I just recently completed.

As an Australian and due to my work, I am very fortunate to have been able to travel to many different countries and have the opportunity to visit and attend various survival/bushcraft schools and courses worldwide.

I had already completed a Pathfinder Primitive Skills Course and the Basic Survival Class and was impressed with the school's emphasis on putting newly learnt skills under pressure through the implementation of timed deliverables (tasks).
The Advanced class was a continuation of the basic skills of survival/bushcraft, utilizing these timed deliverables except at a more advanced level and at a faster pace, combined with food and sleep deprivation.
The 5 day course saw a huge range in temperature from 68 F (20 C) down to 20 F (-6C) which is bloody cold for an Aussie who just stepped off the plane from Hawaii.

The first day of the course was revision of core skills through demonstration; bow drill fire, navigation (PAUL method), natural containers and cordage, bow making and using trash as useful resources.
Sun up on the second day saw the beginning of the 4 day test phase, commencing with a shake down and stripping of any equipment not on the kit list, no water & no food, then it was go go go.

After a long navigation exercise in our two man teams and arrival at our first base camp, the deliverables (tasks) began and they came at a continuous pace. New tasks were added all the time, regardless of whether or not the last one was completed in time. An 80% pass rate was needed to pass the 40 plus deliverables assigned. One by one the 5 C's (cutting tool, combustion device, container, covering, cordage) were taken away and substitutes had to be found from around us. Groups who did not succeed at friction fire at first were not able to purify/boil water to drink, have fire for warmth or complete other deliverables that fire was needed for.

That’s how it was for the 4 days, with no food or sleep except in 2 hour pickets to man the fire.
The last night was particularly cold and on the last day it snowed, a novel experience for an Aussie.
The course was grueling at times and the lack of sleep and food really took their toll on energy levels and by the 3rd day we were all knackered and the simplest things became a chore.

Every team had their own instructor to aid and guide them through the course. All the instructors (Chris, Darin, Brian, Jimmy and Jamie) were great and worked patiently and tirelessly with all teams.

I learnt a lot on the course and a lot about myself. The course and its timed deliverables really did put our already learned skills under pressure and to the test which is exactly what would happen in a real scenario. These timed deliverables from my experience are unique to the Pathfinder School. I would strongly recommend any of the Pathfinder School courses to anyone wishing to learn reliable, retainable and practical survival and self reliance skills.

B
B.D.
I'd say the challenge actually trumps Marine Corps Boot Camp!

I wanted to take some time to reflect on my recent experience with The Pathfinder School LLC's Advanced Class before I posted anything about it. I needed time to mull over the events and trials completely to do it justice.

I'll begin by saying, Dave Canterbury and his staff are some of the most down to earth and genuine people I've ever met. I count Jamie L. Burleigh and Brian Manning as personal friends and mentors of mine, and I believe I've added a few more the roster. Aside from being good people, they are extremely knowledgeable and have a passion for bushcraft and wood lore. It's incredible.

Regarding the Advanced Class, I'd say the challenge actually trumps Marine Corps Boot Camp. It was literally the most difficult challenge I've ever faced. Never in my life have I ever doubted my fortitude or questioned my will as much. I'm an eight year Marine Veteran with two combat tours to Iraq under my belt, so I know adversity.

Friends who know me, know I am an experienced woodsman with countless hours of dirt time. I've mastered primitive fire, am now an experienced knapper, a budding bowyer, an accomplished marksman, and a general lover of all things regarding self-reliance. Let me be the first to let you know, NONE OF IT MATTERS AT THE ADVANCED COURSE!

Dehydration, food deprivation, and sleep deprivation have a funny way of clouding the mind and making one forget core principles easily remembered while not under duress. The whole purpose of the Advanced Course is to place you in the mindset of an actual wilderness survival situation, while maintaining enough control of the situation to allow for evaluation and safety.

During the course, the weather varied from sunny and 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 15 degrees Fahrenheit and snowing. Deliverables came at a blinding speed, and the intensity ALWAYS increased.

The crux of the post is this: No matter how good you think you are, you can always learn more. The new and old knowledge must be tested. The best place to test yourself is at The Pathfinder School LLC. My experience was both extremely humbling and highly informative. My advice to anyone wishing to attend is to ensure you are very physically fit, and you know how to improvise.

Semper Fi and Stay Dirty,
Brandon

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