Recommended Gear List

Colorado is a cold weather climate most of the year and with our survival school at 9400 feet, it can get frigid at night, even during the summer. Dress accordingly! Also, the sun at our elevation is intense making it easy to get sunburned. Bring sunscreen and UV protective sun glasses.

We believe in a philosophy of get the training before you get the gear. Because we know from experience that once you get some training, you will probably change your mind about what survival gear you need. For this reason we require very little survival equipment to attend our courses. But you definitely will need some basic items to attend our courses. This page is to list recommended items you might want for our wilderness survival courses. Each course has different requirements but this list will give you the most common items you should bring to our wilderness survival courses. Almost none of the items are absolutely necessary if you don’t have them and we want to make sure you can attend whether you only have a few items or you could outfit an expedition! So check out our recommended survival gear list and email us if you have any questions on survival gear!

Core Gear List


Required Gear

Required Gear
• Folding Handsaw (Silky f180, Silky Pocket Bow, Bahco Laplander, Corona Saw)
• Knife - preferably bushcraft style. Full tang. No doubled edged or serrated edged blades (ie. Mora Garberg, Benchmade Bushcrafter, Condor Puukko etc…)
• Paracord, 200 feet
• Food – Mountain House freeze dried meals or similar
• Work gloves
• Fire starting kit (6” long x ½” diameter or longer Ferro rod)
• Water Filter – (Sawyer mini, Grayl Geopress, Hiker Katadyn)
• Metal Water Bottle – Single Walled (40 oz Klean Kanteen or similar)
• Hydration bladder – camel pack
• Sleeping bag (0 degree bag recommended)
• Ground sleeping pad
• Tent/Camping Hammock/Rain fly/Preferred sleep system

Outdoor clothing

Outdoor clothing
(wool or synthetic materials. No cotton! We recommend these clothing selections even during the summer.)

• Long underwear tops and bottoms
• Wool socks
• Synthetic shirt (no cotton)
• Quick drying outdoor pants (no cotton, no jeans)
• Hiking boots (waterproof in winter, breathable in summer)
• Boot gators (for your lower leg, not your neck)
• Fleece or wool pullover shirt
• Warm Jacket
• Rain Jacket or poncho
• Cold weather hat (fleece or wool)
• Ball cap or other sun shade hat
• Shemagh or large cotton scarf (this should be your only cotton it)

Gear List By Class


  • Good Fixed Blade Knife- From 4-12″ inches (preferably a knife intended for bushcraft)
  • Ferro Rod (magnesium fire starter)
  • Folding Hand Saw
  • 100' Paracord
  • Quality Rain Poncho w/ Grommets
  • Canteen or Water Bottle (single walled /stainless steel bottles are recommended)
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp
  • Work gloves - you will be working with your hands a lot
  • Multi-Tool
  • Compass 
  • Small Backpack



You have to provide your own food for every course we offer! But there is a WalMart 30 Minutes away and a small town within 10 minutes with all the amenities for whatever you might need.

Overnight Classes

Bring overnight camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, travel pillow, cooking utensils, etc)

Tough Outdoor Clothing

Earth tone colors are recommended but wear what you like. You are going to get dirty.

Cold and Wet Weather Clothing

We are at 9400 feet elevation and it can get cold at night even during the summer. Bring cold weather clothing at all times of the year.

Waterproof Hiking Boots and Wool Socks

Snow Boots if in winter


No modern toilet or shower facilities near primitive camp, bring baby wipes, etc

Ice chest, Lantern, or whatever you want for comfort, except on advanced courses.

Below are recommendations or links to all the items you may need for our training classes! Please help support us by purchasing necessary items for courses through our online store.

CMM Survival Kits

We build custom survival kits to suit your needs. For classes we recommend the CMMS Standard Survival Kit.


Medical Kits

  • Trauma Kit- This is a comprehensive trauma kit for all types of medical issues.
  • Notepad and pencil
  • Latex, vinyl or nitrile gloves
  • CPR mask
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Thermometer
  • Stethoscope
  • Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Collapsible BVM (Bag Valve Mask)
  • OPA assortment
  • Heavy-duty 1” and 2” surgical tape
  • More Sterile 4x4 sponge or blood absorbers
  • Gauze pads 4x4
  • Rolled gauze/bandages
  • Israeli bandage (trauma dressing)
  • Hemostatic dressings

  • Open chest seal
  • CAT Tourniquet or SWAT-T Tourniquet
  • SAM Splint
  • Tweezers
  • Duct tape
  • Needle and thread
  • X4 Band-Aids (especially important if there are children in your group)
  • Any medication or Rx that I might need for myself. (heart meds, EpiPen, etc)
  • Pain Relievers (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aspirin, Baby Aspirin for Blood Loss) 
  • Benadryl or other cold/cough meds
  • Antacids and anti-diarrheal
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Salt and Sugar Packets – to make electrolytes
  • Cake Frosting – in case someone has diabetes


Food and Field Ready Meals

*You will have to provide your own food for every course that we offer unless you purchase the food option available with some of our classes. Water will be provided!

WISE Food Storage- Easy to prepare freeze dried food!

Survival Cave Food - Easy to prepare freeze dried food!

Knives, Saws, Tools & Lighting

  • Bushcraft Style Knife
  • Ferro Rod Fire Starter
  • Corona, Silky saw, or Bahco Folding Saw
  • 100' Paracord
  • Multi-tool (Leatherman)
  • Flashlight
  • Headlamp (w/ red light option)


Shelter Options

  • Warbonnet Hammock, tarp and underquilt
  • Lightweight Tent
  • Ground Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping  Bag

Clothing and Rain Gear

  • Rugged Outdoor Clothing
  • Poncho
  • Gore-Tex Outer Wear and Other Rain Gear

Water Purification, Filters, and Containers