Colorado sees tens of millions of tourists every year, many of which are unfamiliar with Colorado's harsh and temperamental climate. Colorado is also a very popular destination for adventure seekers that lack the experience to make it through a bad situation, which is one reason why we offer the services that we do. But primarily we strive to help everyone feel comfortable in the outdoors and truly enjoy their wilderness experience. From novices to the experienced outdoor enthusiast, we have a class for you that will allow you to be more safe during your outdoor adventures whether it be in Colorado or in the wilderness in your neck of the woods.
After years of planning and training, the Colorado Survival School is open with over 1000 acres of private land at our disposal. Located in the mountains just an hour west of Colorado Springs, the camp will have the feel of a remote location while still having the convenience of being near civilization. At an elevation of roughly 9400 feet, this location offers mountainous terrain, pine and aspen forest and beautiful open meadows and rolling hills. If you are looking for mountain survival training, Pikes Peak at an elevation of 14,110 feet is only a short, 30 minute drive away. Also located nearby are several mountain lakes and rivers where you can fish, swim, raft, or simply enjoy the fresh, clean water of the Rockies. With Colorado’s diverse climate we will be able to put you to the test and hone your skills in a frequently inhospitable environment.
Matthew McFarland was born in Anchorage, and raised in a rather remote part of Alaska only reachable by plane or boat, so it's no wonder that he's always loved being out in nature. Growing up in “The Bush”, Matt started fishing with his parents at the age of 2, and was hunting caribou with his father by the age of 4. As he got older, he continued keeping himself entertained with hunting, fishing, lots of books, and many outdoor (mis)adventures, but he didn't begin his formal outdoor education until after his time in the Air Force as a Civil Engineering Structural Craftsman.
Jason Nauert is the owner and director of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat and trains military Special Forces around the country in the art of butchering, processing and cooking game in the field.
Aaron Hutchings is a Colorado native, veteran and father of four. He was raised in the Rocky Mountains by a real mountain man and hunting guide he called Grandpa. His love for adventure was first sparked by his grandfather's teaching and stories. This spark was blown into flame in the Boy Scouts and fanned to a full-on bonfire in the Marine Corps.
Ruben is a Colorado Native and has completed the 50 Day Advanced Woodsman Program and is currently working as an apprentice for The Survival University to further develop his skills. Rubens passion in the outdoors revolves around Ninjutsu, which he learned about at a very young age.
Jonathan Collins was born in New Hampshire and as a child he started exploring the woods on fishing trips with his father and he never stopped exploring. Jonathan completed the 50 Day Advanced Woodsman Program and has a passion for tracking and bushcraft.
Kyle is a Colorado native that has been exploring the state's wild areas for many years. His passion for writing, learning, and teaching led him to study English at CU Denver, and he now writes about outdoor activities and skills when he's not wandering around with his djembe.
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