March 15, 2014
The Advanced Survival Class is phase III of our survival training and includes a review of previous information and training, followed by an outdoor experience in a survival situation. This completely practical exercise class will consist of being put in a survival setting with limited supplies and gear and thus utilizing the training received to survive in the outdoors for a period of time (24 to 36 hours). Students are allowed to work in small groups of up to 4 people and are allowed one liter of water and one candy bar per student. Each student is also allowed to being extra clothing, but no tents, shelters, sleeping bags, stoves, matches, lighters or other items are allowed. The students will be asked to survival with a small survival kit and will use their new skills to adapt to their environment. An instructor(s) will monitor the class for safety and educational purposes.
March 29, 2014
This is my favorite section of the Ozark Highlands Trail, as it runs along Hurricane Creek. This section is about 19 miles long and will be completed in two days, with great views of The Natural Bridge, numerous bluffs and creeks and great rock formations. There are a couple of creek crossings of Hurricane Creek and a nice climb out of the wilderness area up to the Fairview Campground.
April 5, 2014
This is our annual trip to the Eye of the Needle in Indian Creek. This is a 6 mile hike from the Kyles Landing area up Indian Creek to the Eye of the Needle. This hike is on unmaintained trails, has some ledges, mud, slick rock and approximately a 15 foot high rock scramble. This is a great day trip and when the water is running can really be amazing.
April 12, 2014
This is a chance to pick up both Phase I and Phase II of our wilderness survival classes on the same day. These classes will be held at the University of Arkansas-Batesville, in Batesville, Arkansas. You will need to register with them to sign up for the classes, which are $32.00 for each portion of the class. You can welcome to take a individual phase of the class, or take both phases of the class.
The morning session, which will be 4 hours is phase I of our survival training and will cover the basics of outdoor survival, which includes instruction on preparing a survival kit, the psychology of survival, shelter, water, fire, and preparation for rescue. The class will consist of both classroom and field exercises with practical examinations in fire starting, water filtration and shelter construction. Each student will need a steel striker, or magnesium fire striker, 2 bandanas and a water bottle or cup.
The afternoon session will be the Intermediate Survival Class, which is the second phase of our survival training and will include an overview of the Basic Survival Class followed by training in Wilderness First-Aid, Orienteering, collecting wild edibles, the use of snares, dead falls, fish traps and surviving harsh weather environments. This class will consist of both classroom instruction and practical exercises. Each student will need a pocket knife and approximately 3 feet of string for this portion of the class.
May 20, 2014
We will be speaking and showing a slide presentation about hiking and backpacking in the Ozark Mountains, along with numerous International Expeditions to include trips to Nepal, Peru, Iceland, Patagonia and Africa.
June 7, 2014
This is the initial phase of the Professional Hiking Guides Association (PHGA) program for aspiring guides and upon completion, will allow the student to lead day hiking trips and progress on the the Backpacking Guide Level I training. This class consists of a 1 day classroom program followed by a written examination that all students must pass to move on to day 2 of training. The 2nd day consists of 8 practical exercises that all students must pass to complete this part of the program. There are some required prerequisites for the class which consist of a PHGA approved survival course, land navigation course and wilderness first-aid course. This class is a great introductory course to guiding and the outdoors and is geared toward aspiring guides, hiking group and club leaders, Boy Scout leaders, adventure group organizers and student recreation majors.
June 21, 2014
This class will cover the basics of backpacking and hiking and will include a substantial amount of time being spent on the selection and use of outdoor clothing and outdoor gear. This will include backpacks, water filters, stoves, sleeping bags, tents, boots, outdoor clothing, trekking poles, sleeping pads, specialized equipment and food. We will cover selecting the correct gear and equipment, how to use it, how to fit it properly and how to purchase gear on a budget. This class will also cover the basics of preparing for various kinds of weather, trip preparation and trip planning.