Watch for 2019 Schedule COMING SOON! These are our most popular workshops and registration begins in January 2019. Programs will be offered at Canaan Valley Resort State Park WV and Cacapon Resort State Park WV.  Additionally we offer private hikes and one-on-one training in West Virginia and in 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 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  Primitive Baskets & Natural Coordage Workshop

$45 per person. Ages 12 and up.  Youth must be accompanied by paying adult. The ultimate workshop for those wanting to learn the basics of making cordage and baskets from natural materials.  Work on mastering the methods and techniques used for thousands of years in primitive sewing, crafting, and even making rope for bridges.  Whether you consider natural cordage making a primitive skill for crafting or see it as an essential survival capability you’ll learn the skills for making sturdy natural twine and for crafting primitive baskets that can be used in outdoor living or at home.  

Basket materials may include natural reed, native vines, tree bark, limbs, and plant stalks, and each participant will make a primitive berry basket to take home.   

What’s Provided:  Professional instruction, water, all materials and tools

Program conducted in indoor or outdoor classroom setting.    


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2-hour   Friction Fire Workshop   

$45 per person. Ages 12 and up.  Youth must be accompanied by paying adult. This is a great, hands-on workshop for those who may have seen fire starting on a video but would like to learn to actually make fire themselves.  Using a bow drill to make fire requires perfect form and mastering the technique.  We’ll demonstrate the process from start to finish and provide all the materials you need.  

Survival depends on having multiple capabilities for fire starting so we’ll also learn how to start fire using fire steel and striker, and using a fire glass and char cloth.  Participants have plenty of opportunity to practice and hone their skills.


What to Bring:  synthetic quick-dry/wicking clothes, hiking shoes/boots (no sandals), rain gear, bottled water. 

What’s Provided:  Professional instruction, all materials and use of bow drills, mantels, spindles, fire steel and strikers, fire glass, and char cloth.  


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2-hour   Back Country Navigation Workshop   

$45 per person. Ages 12 and up.  Youth must be accompanied by paying adult. For those who really want to discover Natural Navigation as well as how to finally become expert in the use of Map and Compass.  You’ll receive expert instruction and get the opportunity to practice the actual techniques you need to navigate effectively in the wilderness.  You’ll be challenged by four common field situations:  using only natural navigation indicators; using only a map, using only a compass, and using map and compass together.  Your life is too precious to rely solely on smart phones and GPS devices.  Learn to find direction, determine your position, and how to navigate to safety under any circumstance.

What to Bring:  synthetic quick-dry/wicking clothes, hiking shoes/boots (no sandals), rain gear, bottled water. 

What’s Provided:  Professional instruction, materials and use of practice compasses