Summer Courses

Our Summer Survival Courses in Scotland run from March to the end of October and take place in the Cairngorms National Park – the largest National Park in Europe and one of Britain’s last true wildernesses. All summer courses are run as multi-environmental and cover a wide range of terrains from Boreal woodlands to mountainous and hillside, rivers and gorges, providing you with a more rounded experience in a range of techniques.

You can book your summer course now with our online booking system, please check course dates for availability. Once you have booked your course you will receive an email confirming the course and payment details. Remember to download the available resources for your course and bring them with you when you start.

We have a range of courses to suit everyone, for more information on our Summer Survival Courses in Scotland please do contact us. We look forward to welcoming you in the 2017 summer season.

To make sure you choose the right course we have introduced a difficulty rating based on the physical and mental challenges on our courses.  This is explained below.

“Courses with this rating are suitable for all. There is a small amount of physical hardship with a small amount of walking.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for all. There is a reasonable amount of walking and some forms of physical output.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 16+. There is a significant amount of physical output, perhaps over a number of days. Time may be spent overnight in poor weather with minimum equipment. A certain amount of mental robustness is needed to complete.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 18+. There is significant physical output sometimes over multi-day, and often in Hostile habitats i.e high mountains etc. Equipment/food may be stripped back (if woodland based) or large rucksacks carried (if mountain based). Temperatures may be sub-zero or excessively high. A good level of mental robustness is needed. Special attention should be given to the kit lists available.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 18+. There is sustained physical output over multi-days, potentially carrying up to 40lbs, often in high/mountain terrain. Long “hill days” may be necessary, for this reason a good level of fitness is needed. Weather and temperatures are likely to be sub-zero or excessively high. Special attention should be given to kit lists available.”

 

 

Half Day Survival Course £40.00

The Overview for the Half Day Survival Course includes the following:


Set in the woodlands in and around the Cairngorm national park,  these 4 hour sessions are perfect for the individual, family or group to get a feel for what Survival is all about. You can either opt for our set Itinerary or if you have previous experience get in touch and let us know what you want to learn.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Half Day Survival Course includes the following:


Protection
Introduction to protection from the elements including:

  • Clothing systems
  • Layering systems
  • Fabric pro’s and con’s

Location
Signalling for help and attracting attention, emergency procedures.

Aquisition
Finding and making safe water.

  • Water sourcing
  • Filtration
  • Purification

Introduction to foraging and plant identification.

Navigation
Introduction to map and compass;

  • Sketch Maps
  • River Crossing

Your instructor will also introduce you to the Survival needs and other models to help put everything into context.

No Course Dates


Please contact us for more Information on availability.

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Full Day Survival Course £80.00

The Overview for the Full Day Survival Course includes the following:


For those who are interested in delving deeper into the subject matter we recommend the full day course, participants are introduced to the survival principles and models to contextualise what they will be learning and why, along with a Survival tin and equipment demonstration. A certain amount of the Full day course is run within the forest,but depending on group ability and weather factors river crossings and improvised flotation is often included.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Full Day Survival Course includes the following:


Protection
Introduction to protection from the elements including:
• Clothing systems
• Layering systems
• Fabric pro’s and con’s

Woodland Shelter including:
• Thermal A-frames and Lean-to’s
• Introduction to Friction Fire and ignition sources such as chemical, solar and spark ignition, fire maintenance and upkeep.

Location
Signalling for help and attracting attention, emergency procedures.
• Emergency procedures.
• Attracting attention
• Calling for help

Aquisition
Finding and making safe water.
• Water sourcing
• Filtration
• Purification
Introduction to foraging and plant identification.

Game Preparation
• Skinning/gutting
• Backwoods cooking techniques
• Foraging

Navigation
Introduction to map and compass;
• Using nature and the sun to navigate
• Introduction to GPS

Date Time Spaces Price Book
5 May 2018 09:30 - 17:00 8 £80.00 Book Now

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Two Day Expedition Course £160.00

The Overview for the Two Day Expedition Course includes the following:


The prospect of staying out overnight in shelter you have built yourself brings a serious element to this course, there is also a certain amount of mental stamina needed to complete the course. You will be invited to spend a night out without your sleeping bag depending on weather. The emphasis is on staying out of the elements whilst working through PLAN-M. Individual fitness levels for this course must be of a sufficient level as you will be working hard over the two days. You will be introduced to a number of Survival models and priorities including PLAN – M, Survival pyramid and the rule of 3’s.

This course runs in a range of different areas and environments depending on your own skill set. For the family we have a remote expedition style camp set up and for the intrepid explorers we have the Cairngorms national park on our doorstep.

You may be interested to know that we can offer the Survival AWare or SAW award on our 2 day courses. Backcountry Survival are licensed under the Survival Training Award Scheme to Train and assess individuals and instructors who are looking to gain formal recognition within the Survival field. Please visit our Survival Training page for more information.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Two Day Expedition Course includes the following:


Protection
Protection from the elements and further harm:

Shelter

  • Thermal A-frames and Lean-to’s
  • Bedding and insulation
  • Integration of fire into shelter

Fire-Lighting

  • Friction Fire and other ignition sources including chemical, spark and solar
  • Wood choices, fire-lays and when to use them
  • Lighting in wet weather
  • Cooking using different parts of the fire
  • Gas and Priming stoves

Location
Attracting Rescue Attract, Hold and Direct

  • Smoke/Fire signal
  • Torch/Whistle
  • Beacons/Strobes

Aquisition
Water

  • Advanced water filtration and purification, storage.
  • Water acquisition in multi environment

Food

  • Field dressing game
  • Edible fungi, plants and berries
  • Trapping and trap building – Strangle – Mangle – Dangle – Tangle

Navigation
Phase takes place on hill/mountain

  • Map and compass – Bearings and contour appreciation
  • Timing and pacing
  • Natural Navigation – Sun, stars and moon
Date Time Spaces Price Book
21 April 2018 09:30 - 16:00 10 £160 Book Now
2 June 2018 09:30 - 16:00 11 £160 Book Now
7 July 2018 09:30 - 16:00 12 £160 Book Now
18 August 2018 09:30 - 16:00 11 £160 Book Now
29 September 2018 09:30 - 16:00 11 £160 Book Now

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Three Day Expedition Course £210.00

The Overview for the Three Day Expedition Course includes the following:


Due to the prolonged time out in the wilderness, weather factors and the long hours spent learning, a good level of physical fitness and mental stamina is required.

This course is run in areas where there is no one for miles around, typically starting within a woodland environment and working up to the mountainous regions.

You may be interested to know that we can offer the Personal Survival Award or PSA award on our 3 day courses. Backcountry Survival are licensed under the Survival Training Award Scheme to Train and assess individuals and instructors who are looking to gain formal recognition within the Survival field. Please visit our Survival Training page for more information.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Three Day Expedition Course includes the following:


Protection
Protection from the elements and further harm:

Shelter

  • A-frames, Lean-to’s
  • Bedding and insulation
  • Integration of fire into shelter
  • Improving your shelter
  • Improvised shelter on the hill/mountain
  • Sleeping systems – why and when.

Fire

  • Friction Fire, ignition sources including Chemical, solar and spark methods
  • Tinder man-made vs natural
  • Cooking using different parts of the fire
  • Tinder production.

Location
Attracting Rescue – Attract, Hold and Direct

  • Smoke/Fire signal
  • Torch/Whistle
  • Beacons/Strobes
  • Ground to Air signalling

Aquisition
Water

  • Acquisition method
  • Filtration and purification and storage
  • Advanced filtration methods

Food

  • Field dressing game
  • Edible fungi, plants, berries, insects and lichens.
  • The law and trapping, live snaring/trapping, fishing and fish traps – Strangle – Mangle – Dangle – Tangle

Navigation
Phase takes place on hill/mountain

  • Map and compass – Bearings and contour appreciation
  • Timing and pacing
  • Natural Navigation – Sun, stars and moon
  • Night Navigation
  • River Crossings and Security on steep ground.

Map and compass, micro navigation, using the sun to navigate, navigation to suitable camp*, night navigation, River Crossings and security on steep ground

Date Time Spaces Price Book
30 March 2018 09:30 - 16:00 12 £210 Book Now
18 May 2018 09:30 - 16:00 9 £210 Book Now
22 June 2018 09:30 - 16:00 10 £210 Book Now
27 July 2018 09:30 - 16:00 10 £210 Book Now
14 September 2018 09:30 - 16:00 12 £210 Book Now
19 October 2018 09:30 - 16:00 12 £210 Book Now

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5 Day Course £500.00

The Overview for the 5 Day Course includes the following:


The 5 day course is designed to test the principles learnt on our two and three day courses and for this reason you must have completed and received a certificate for our multi-day course to book.

The first two days of the 5 day course is a recap of PLAN-M and other survival models. The next three days will see you navigating and surviving in some of the most remote parts of the British isles, using natural features for shelter, live trapping and fishing techniques and learning to negotiate steep terrain.

Physical fitness is essential for this course as you will be spending time in a mountainous environment.

Difficulty Rating

 

The Itinerary for the 5 Day Course includes the following:


Content covered includes;

Protection – Natural shelter in mountainous environment, improvised emergency shelters

Location – Attract, hold and direct rescue. Communications including radio and sat phone use

Acquisition – Safe water sourcing, filtration and sterilisation

Navigation – A point to point navigation test over the three days, safe route finding in the mountains including river crossings and security on steep ground.

Date Time Spaces Price Book
8 August 2018 09:30 - 17:30 9 £500 Book Now

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