Do you have what it takes to spend a night in the outdoors? What gear do you need? What skills should you have? Whether you are a seasoned outdoor adventurer or new to the mountains of Virginia, a little training can go a long way to helping you feel prepared to take on whatever challenges nature provides, and a survival school or class can help.
Parks and recreation departments all over the region often offer survival classes in their programming:
Mountain Shepherd is one of the finest wilderness survival schools in the U.S. Featured in National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Readers’ Digest, The Washington Post, and the book “Deep Survival,” Mountain Shepherd helps you gain the experience and develop a higher level of confidence to enjoy any wilderness environment. The school provides you with the expert skills and knowledge necessary to cope in the wilderness while camping, hiking, or if you are confronted with a wilderness survival situation.
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