Mountaineer Wilderness LLC offers scheduled programs at Canaan Valley State Park Resort in Davis, WV.  Additionally we offer private hikes and one-on-one training in Canaan Valley and Northern Virginia on request at $75 per hour, minimum 2 hours.   You can purchase a private 2-Hr Training Block to use for yourself or as a gift on any wilderness skill we provide.  Training can be conducted in Canaan Valley WV or in Northern VA and fitted to your schedule.   For more information or questions contact mark@mountaineerwilderness.com  (703) 901.0732

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2-hour Edible Plants & Trees Hike

Canaan Valley WV. 

Join us for a hike through the forest, hills, fields, and wetlands discovering and identifying dozens of edible plants and useful trees for survival, wilderness living, and even foraging at home.  You'll learn what plants (or parts) are edible; which plants to avoid; how to harvest plants and trees for making cordage, building shelters, and materials for making fire.  A moderate hike for adults and youth.  We hike rain or shine;  recommend you bring sturdy shoes/boots (no sandals), rain gear, bottled water. 

Price: $39 per person. Youth under 12 free when accompanied by an adult.  Limited to 15 hikers....these hikes fill up fast!

Saturdays in 2018:  June 23, July 7, August 18, August 25, September 1, September 29  9AM-11AM

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2-hour   Wilderness Skills Class

Canaan Valley WV.  

Come learn the basics of primitive wilderness skills useful for survival in the woods and back country.   The class begins with short walk from the Canaan Valley State Park Resort Lodge to our outdoor classroom.  Includes demonstrations and instruction in many skills including: fire starting, primitive shelter making, edible plants, natural navigation, making snares and traps, natural cordage making, and finding water.   

Conducted rain or shine;  recommend you bring sturdy shoes/boots (no sandals), rain gear, bottled water. 

Price: $45 per person.  Youth under 12 free when accompanied by an adult.   Limited to 12 participants.

Saturdays in 2018:  August 18, September 1  2PM-4PM

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2-hour   Survival Snares & Traps Workshop

Canaan Valley WV.  Using designs from around the world we'll make a variety of small-game snares and traps using natural materials.   You'll learn the correct use of a survival knife and folding saw for crafting easy to use snares, traps, and deadfalls.  An important skill for wilderness survival.  We'll demonstrate the proper techniques and tips for properly preparing, locating, and setting snares and traps to be most effective.   For ages 12 and up.  Price: $45 per person.  All youth must be accompanied by an adult. 

Limited to 12 participants.

 Offered Saturday June 23, 2018.  1PM-3PM

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2-hour  Natural Cordage & Primitive Baskets Workshop

Canaan Valley WV.   This is the ultimate workshop for those wanting to learn the sources and methods for making natural cordage that has been used for thousands of years in primitive sewing, crafting, and even making rope for hoists and bridges.  Some people consider natural cordage making a primitive skill for crafting while others see it as an essential survival capability.  We'll demonstrate and practice using a variety of fiber-rich materials from plants and trees native to Canaan Valley and West Virginia.  Also covered is using natural materials for crafting primitive baskets for use in survival, wilderness living, or at home.  Basket materials may include native vines, tree bark, limbs, and plant stalks, and each participant will make a primitive berry basket.   Expert instruction and demonstration are provided as well as all materials.  For ages 12 and up.  Price: $45 per person.  All youth must be accompanied by an adult.    Limited to 12 participants.

Saturdays in 2018:  25 August 1PM-3PM.    29 September  2PM-4PM.     Register and Pay


                                                              

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2-hour   Bow Drill Friction Fire Workshop

Canaan Valley WV.     

A great, hands-on workshop for those who may have seen a fire drill used before on a video but would like to learn the techniques and actually try it for themselves.   We'll demonstrate the process from start to finish and provide all the materials needed for you to learn to create wood dust and a glowing ember from friction.  For ages 12 and up.  Price: $45 per person.   All youth must be accompanied by an adult.   Limited to 12 participants.

Saturday July 7    2PM-4PM.  

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2-hour   Back Country Navigation Workshop   

Canaan Valley, WV.

This workshop is for those who really want to discover and learn Natural Navigation as well as how to finally become expert in Map and Compass.  We'll provide expert instruction and practice the actual techniques you need to  navigate effectively in the wilderness.  Don't rely on smart phones and GPS devices for your survival.  Learn to find direction, determine your position, and how to navigate to safety.  Materials and practice compasses provided.  For ages 12 and up.  Price: $45 per person.   All youth must be accompanied by an adult.   Limited to 12 participants.

Saturdays in 2018:  June 23, August 25.  4PM-6PM.