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Paladine71
05-03-2012, 08:00 PM
I've been planning for about two years to attend Dave Canterbury's Wilderness Self Reliance courses. The dates have finally lined up in my favor. I wanted to extend the invite to anyone else that wants to attend one, or more, of these courses.

A little background... Dave Canterbury runs The Pathfinder School LLC. This is a survival and primitive skills school based out of Jackson, Ohio. He has 20+ years of military and civilian survival training (don't know a lot of the details). He has hundreds of videos posted on YouTube and looks legit. He was one of the co-stars of the Dual Survivor series on T.V. He trains SAR and Wilderness EMTs as well. I'm going to give him a try.

He has a variety of courses: http://www.thepathfinderschoolllc.com/training.html

Basic Survival
Advanced Survival
Primitive Skills
Tracking and Trapping
Scout
Man Tracking

I'm already registered to be in the July basic, primitive and advanced skills classes (three weekends in a row). Anyone want to attend with me? :corn:

For those interested in his videos. He runs two YouTube Channels.

http://www.youtube.com/user/wildernessoutfitters?ob=0&feature=results_main

http://www.youtube.com/user/SurvivalAdventureNet?ob=0&feature=results_main

Trekker
05-03-2012, 08:16 PM
Tempting ... I'll get back to you.

Trekker
05-03-2012, 11:03 PM
Do you have to attend them in order? I may just go for the advanced course if I can.

3Hummers
05-03-2012, 11:07 PM
Looks like a blast and really interesting. I have my annual trout fishing trip in July. I wonder how far west he has classes? I think I am going to order the video/course materials for $70.00 to prep for the classes.

Paladine71
05-03-2012, 11:40 PM
Do you have to attend them in order? I may just go for the advanced course if I can.

I don't think the basic course is required for the advanced one, but it wouldn't hurt. I'll be there to help, if you go to the one in late July.


Looks like a blast and really interesting. I have my annual trout fishing trip in July. I wonder how far west he has classes? I think I am going to order the video/course materials for $70.00 to prep for the classes.

I know that he does classes in West Virginia, Florida and sometime Michigan (I think). I have the phase 1 and phase 2, save your money. You'll get your best value by buying the virtual classroom. Lots of videos on there that aren't on YouTube. Plus, it's a life membership.

Paladine71
05-27-2012, 11:39 PM
Thread bump to see if anyone is interested... :corn:

ReconH3
05-28-2012, 01:05 AM
Canterbury is about as good as it gets.


"Ex Umbris Venimus"

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Trekker
06-04-2012, 11:39 PM
I'm still considering going, don't rule me out yet.

Paladine71
06-05-2012, 12:13 AM
It'd be great to meet you, hope you can make it.

Paladine71
06-22-2012, 12:10 PM
Well, the Basic Class is full, the Primitive Skills class is over half full and the Advance Class still has 16 seats still available.

Trekker, will you be able to attend?

Anyone else want to come out?

By the way, they just updated the course calendar through the rest of the year. There are new Basic and Advance classes scheduled. Here is the calendar link: http://stores.thepathfinderschoolllc.com/-strse-Pathfinder-Classes/Categories.bok

ReconH3
06-22-2012, 02:28 PM
I would if I was around.


"Ex Umbris Venimus"

Sent from my iPhone

SolidusJ
06-24-2012, 07:49 PM
I've been planning for about two years to attend Dave Canterbury's Wilderness Self Reliance courses. The dates have finally lined up in my favor. I wanted to extend the invite to anyone else that wants to attend one, or more, of these courses.

A little background... Dave Canterbury runs The Pathfinder School LLC. This is a survival and primitive skills school based out of Jackson, Ohio. He has 20+ years of military and civilian survival training (don't know a lot of the details). He has hundreds of videos posted on YouTube and looks legit. He was one of the co-stars of the Dual Survivor series on T.V. He trains SAR and Wilderness EMTs as well. I'm going to give him a try.

He has a variety of courses: http://www.thepathfinderschoolllc.com/training.html

Basic Survival
Advanced Survival
Primitive Skills
Tracking and Trapping
Scout
Man Tracking

I'm already registered to be in the July basic, primitive and advanced skills classes (three weekends in a row). Anyone want to attend with me? :corn:

For those interested in his videos. He runs two YouTube Channels.

http://www.youtube.com/user/wildernessoutfitters?ob=0&feature=results_main

http://www.youtube.com/user/SurvivalAdventureNet?ob=0&feature=results_main

I always thought you was SERE's qualified?

Trekker
06-24-2012, 09:16 PM
Well, the Basic Class is full, the Primitive Skills class is over half full and the Advance Class still has 16 seats still available.

Trekker, will you be able to attend?



Yep, I'm going to the Advanced course. I'll sign up this week.

Paladine71
06-24-2012, 10:07 PM
Techniques and tactics vary greatly. It's good to continue learning, someone may have a better way to do things. I know a lot, but not everything.

Trekker
07-02-2012, 11:46 PM
There's a bunch of pictures on Pathfinder's Facebook page from the Advanced course that finished on 7/2. I'm signing up tomorrow.

Paladine71
07-03-2012, 12:08 AM
Cool, looking forward to meeting you.

Paladine71
07-17-2012, 09:29 PM
I finished the Basic Survival Course yesterday and highly recommend it to anyone interested. Long hours, but not too much. Will start the Primitive Skills course on Friday.

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/BasicCourse.jpg

Trekker
07-17-2012, 09:35 PM
:thumbs: Way to go! See you at the Advanced course in 2 weeks.

3Hummers
07-18-2012, 12:05 AM
Congrats. Tell us more about it when you get the chance.

Trekker
07-31-2012, 07:59 PM
Paladine & Trekker:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-M0GKdu8sBIw/UBhnGfEQ1UI/AAAAAAABoaM/tOlHNQQqobE/s800/IMGP0199_edited.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-qBbodaZ1WmY/UBhnnQpXSVI/AAAAAAABoes/PpwS_4bUha4/s800/IMGP0236_edited.JPG

kflips
07-31-2012, 09:52 PM
Congrats on getting through the training

Paladine71
07-31-2012, 10:02 PM
We hadn't eaten for three days at the time of that photo, so we're both looking a bit rough. We'll put up more pics and a summary shortly, just got home.

alrock
07-31-2012, 11:36 PM
Saw a bunch of the pics from each of you on Facebook. Awesome stuff.

3Hummers
08-01-2012, 12:20 AM
Can't wait.

j3jackson
08-01-2012, 08:37 AM
I saw Trekker on Facebook and knew he went. I had not seen this thread and did not know Paladine went. Congrats guys thats cool.

Trekker
08-01-2012, 05:38 PM
Can't wait.

I may still go back for the Basic course to fill in some gaps in my training, so if anyone needs a partner, let me know.

Paladine71
08-13-2012, 12:14 PM
I've been very busy since my "vacation," but I have a few minutes now to do a report on these schools. As most of you have read in this thread, my objective was to attend Dave Canterbury's Pathfinder School in Jackson, Ohio which focuses on Wilderness Self Reliance (basic survival skills, bush craft and primitive skills). I attended three weekends in a row, Basic Survival Course, Primitive Skills Course and Advanced Survival Course. Trekker was with me for the Advanced course. The Basic and Advanced Courses earn you certification, some college credits and one hell of a good time. The Primitive Skills course is just a skills course, so you don’t get a certificate or credit, but is still a good time with a lot of knowledge.
Here are some of the skills we covered. I’ve probably missed a few...

Survival Fundamentals (knowledge, skills and resources)
Controlling Core Temperature (convection, conduction and radiation)
Survival Priorities of Work (shelter, fire, water, food, etc.)
Making Micro-Climates for Protection (cooling and warming)
Basic Survival Kit
- Cutting Devices (knife, axe and saw)
- Combustion Devices (lighter, fire steel, magnifying lens, steel wool, char cloth, flint and steel, accelerants)
- Cordage (parachute cord and bank line)
- Containers (rucks, packs, dry bags, water bottle and cups)
- Cover (clothing, tarps, ponchos, poncho liners, 100% wool blankets and space blankets)
Extended Survival Kit
- Compass (which types to use)
- Cotton Bandanas (100% cotton only)
- Cargo Tape (Gorilla Duct Tape)
- Candling Devices (headlamps)
- Cloth Sail Needle (the big ones used on boats)
Kit selection, reduction and packing in the dark
Fire Creation in all weather conditions (fire lays, breathing, reflectors, fat wood and collection of materials, bird’s nests, tinder, kindling, wood and transporting embers long distances)
Building fire while blind
Fire without tools (Bow Drills and Hand Drills)
Caves (for shelter and food)
Debris Huts
Water (collection, filtering, rain, and purification by iodine, boiling and stone boiling)
Making cordage from tree bark, hide and plants
Making nets
Making rope
Navigation (day and night by compass, vegetation, terrain features, dead reckoning, maps, pace count, drift, sun compass, north star, LURD and magnetizing needles)
Edible plants and trees
Medicinal plants and trees
Animals (tracking, signs, dens and lairs, refuse, remains, odor, scat, sloth and scuff, using bait, field dressing and cooking)
Fishing (trout lines, traps, locations, hooks, bobbers, line/string, rod, reel, lures and bait)
Hunting (lower food sources, spears, sling, stalking, rabbit stick, gig, club, and blinds). We didn’t discuss bows, rifles or guns.
Signaling (contrast and movement, fire, tarp, mirror, whistle, light, location, smoke, panels, movement and staying put)
Traps (snares, dead falls, 110 conibears, pits, bottles, cans, concealment, bags, triggers, location, height and frequency of checks)
Container and utensil creation by carving and fire
Stone selection for tool creation (flint, quartz, hammer stones, etc.)
Knapping glass and flint
Creating primitive weapons
Using antlers
Baton wood
Collecting and processing clay
Clay container creation and natural firing
Cooking (rocks, grills, buried and carrying live animals)

That is a lot of really good information for 12 days of training!!! A lot isn’t said in this brief description (like gorilla tape is the bomb for building fires in the rain). We also did some repelling and water crossing using ropes, a lot of land navigation. We didn’t eat for more than three days straight in the Advanced course and also had water deprivation. Meals included frogs, tadpoles, crayfish and even a pheasant that we had to carry, kill, dress and cook. Of course, it rained for about 10 days of the 12, so fire building was constantly a challenge. The plus side is that now I’m confident that I can build a bonfire in a monsoon from pretty much nothing!

I highly recommend these courses to anyone interested. Even if you have no base knowledge, you’ll come away with enough information to make it in the woods, alone, for at least a week or two.

It was an honor to finally meet Trekker, he was a solid partner for the Advanced Course! We don’t like spiders and food is a crutch. The Bahco Laplander saw is bulletproof.

I’ll be making a new knife recommendation shortly. The Becker BK-7 is a freakin’ beast and can chop down trees, but I’ve found a new super beast. More to follow on that one….

Some pics…

Paladine71
08-13-2012, 12:16 PM
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Advanced.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/BowDrill.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Trekker3.jpg

Paladine71
08-13-2012, 12:18 PM
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Paladine2.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Trekker5.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Trekker4.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Trekker7.jpg

Paladine71
08-13-2012, 12:20 PM
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Trekker6.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Trekker1.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Paladine.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Trekker2.jpg

Paladine71
08-13-2012, 12:22 PM
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Paladine5.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Paladine4.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Paladine3.jpg

Paladine71
08-13-2012, 12:24 PM
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Paladine717.jpg
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/Paladine8.jpg

Of the thirteen that signed up for the Advanced Course, only six remained at the end.

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/Camo%20Rigs/AdvancedGrad.jpg

06 H3
08-13-2012, 01:13 PM
Those seem like good courses to take

Trekker
08-13-2012, 07:31 PM
The Pathfinder Advanced course was an awesome, life-changing experience for me. Dave Canterbury and his staff are the most professional and knowledgeable people in the field of wilderness self reliance. It was tough but I had a blast! Paladine was an outstanding partner for "Team Hummer". I'm thinking about going back for the Basic course with my wife in the Spring if anyone wants to join us. I am totally sold on the Pathfinder system of wilderness self reliance training; I highly recommend attending one of their courses for anyone that spends time in the wilderness. The course is a huge confidence builder; you know that you can head into the woods with minimal kit and not only survive, but thrive.

JGBB04
08-14-2012, 11:08 PM
Of the thirteen that signed up for the Advanced Course, only six remained at the end.

What happened to the others, you guys get that hungry? :)

Flash
08-15-2012, 09:36 AM
What happened to the others, you guys get that hungry? :)

Look in the "Fresh Meat" section.