Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

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If you want to undertake long-term or long distance trips, deep into the wilderness, you need to be prepared to deal with the possible consequences if things go terribly wrong. Sometimes this can mean staying with an injured person while the rest of the group goes to get help, waiting for the ice to harden so you can make a safe crossing, taking the time to build a raft or rehabilitate your injury.

In Extended Wilderness Survival, we will assume that you have already provided for your basic needs- you have an adequate temporary shelter, a perfectly good fire, water and a plan for signalling your distress. Perhaps, you have some rations with you or the tools, knowledge and skills necessary to find food in this environment. Either way, you have some energy (at least for now) and you want to spend it wisely on your future security and comfort. What can you do now?

In this course, we will work towards becoming proficient in the use of the axe- using it to build a stronger, more comfortable and secure long-term shelter in the wilderness. We learn to fall and limb trees, section a trunk and prepare firewood.

The course will cover the following topics:

  •  Ensure No Danger
    • Scalds and Burns (Review)
    • Cuts With Knives and Saws (Review)
    • Eye Injuries (Review)
    • UV Protection (Review)
    • Axe Injuries
  • Prevention and Preparedness
    • Trip Planning- “Engine Failure”
  • Survival Success Strategies
    • Choosing A Great Location For A Long-Term Camp
    • Planning The Layout of A Long-Term Camp
    • Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources
    • Day-to-Day Routine of A Survivor
    • Stockpiling Resources Intelligently
  • Clothing
    • As A Non-Renewable Resource
    • Adapting Your Clothing For Long-Term Survival
    • Cleaning Your Clothing
  • Fire
    • Thermal Radiation of Materials
    • Reducing The Need For Fuel
    • Making an Indoor Stove
    • Keeping A Watch
  • Introduction to The Axe
    • Falling a Tree With An Axe
    • Limbing A Tree
    • Sectioning A Tree Trunk
    • Splitting Firewood
    • Axe Sharpening
  • Bedding
    • Building A Comfortable Bed
    • Making Bedding
  • Shelter
    • Survival Excavation
    • Survival Carpentry
    • Building A Door
    • Effective Long-Term Protection Against Predators
    • Wattle and Daub
    • Cob Mixing
    • Stone Masonry
    • Insulation
  • Water
    • Reliable Source of Clean Water
    • Storing/Holding Water
  • Ropes and Bindings
    • Winches
    • Fence Lashings
  • Light
    • Tallow Candles
  • Signalling Systems
  • Personal Hygiene
    • Feminine Hygiene
    • Siting A Latrine
    • Making A Latrine
  • Craft Options:
  • Wildlife in Focus:
  • Natural World:
  • Excursion Options:

Prerequisite: Wild Survival (or by challenging Wild Survival)

Age Requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years of age to attend this course unaccompanied.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Each place booked is for one person only, so each course attendee must have their own booking.
  • This course is not suitable for young people under the age of sixteen.


Storing, preparing and cooking food is an integral part of the Extended Wilderness Survival course content. Therefore, food is included as part of this course fee.

At the beginning of the course, the Quartermaster will issue each participant a food hamper. You will be asked to store the food at your campsite in accordance with the Timeless Journey® Base Camp Food Storage Guidelines. You will be preparing and cooking for your own consumption, under the supervision and guidance of the course leader.

We will provide you with a detailed menu in your booking confirmation. Please let us know in your booking package or feel free to contact the office if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies and we will try our best to accommodate your requests.

At the base camp, we provide fresh fruit, cookies, drinking water, tea and coffee.

On the Extended Wilderness Survival course, there is a professional night watch provided by Timeless Journey® staff.


You are welcome to make, or buy, your own gear. Although we would like to encourage you to be as self-reliant as possible, all gear used by students in the course must meet the safety standards of the Quartermaster. In some cases, it may be wise to contact the Quartermaster if you have any questions or doubts about gear crafting projects you would like to undertake in preparation or if you would like to make substitutions to the items listed on the Standard Clothing and Equipment Checklist (Overnight).

On the Extended Wilderness Survival course, we will try to help supply you with used gear for rent if you are unable to find, borrow or purchase gear for the course. To ensure a selection and availability of the items you require, please submit the Standard Clothing and Equipment Checklist (Overnight) to the Quartermaster at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Course Schedules and Specifications:

The Extended Wilderness Survival course is offered several times a year, in different conditions, seasons and locations in Canada. Check the list below and read the specifications carefully to make sure that you are signing up for the right course.

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EXSU 11/03/19 • Extended Wilderness Survival (6 Days, 5 Nights) • West Kootenay Campus • $1150.00

Course Dates: Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 to Friday, November 8th, 2019

  • Start Time: 4:45 pm on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
  • End Time: 3:00 pm on Friday, November 8th, 2019

Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Location: Timeless Journey® West Kootenay Campus near Winlaw, BC, Canada


Course Size: maximum of 12 participants, 10 places remaining as of 08/17/2018 9:44 am

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