Survival Skills Overnight – Program Details

Thank you for registering for our Survival Skills Overnight with Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Washington. We are excited to meet you at Linne Doran, Wilderness Awareness School’s 40-acre campus.

This page contains information that you will need to prepare for this program. Please read it carefully. 

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact Wilderness Awareness School at (425) 788-1301 or [email protected]; our office hours are 8:00-4:00, Monday through Friday. 

If you have any questions about registration, refunds, or transfers, please visit our Cancellation and Transfer Policy. Please see our Covid Guidelines for our most up to date health precautions.

We are looking forward to a fabulous course together!  


Nicole O’Byrne
Adult Program Manager

Kyle Schultheis
Lead Instructor

Survival Skills Overnight

Friday, July 12th –  6:00 pm through Sunday, July 14th – 4:00pm. Please arrive by 5:45 pm and be prepared to start at 6:00 pm.

Linne Doran is located about fifteen minutes outside of Duvall in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. You can find us via Google Maps or also view driving directions here.

What to Expect:
When you leave your car, please bring all the food and gear you need to be out the entire weekend. Be prepared to dress in layers so that you can adjust easily (see attached gear list). We hike about 4-6 miles during the weekend, at times off trail. Expect that you may get muddy and wet. Please have all your gear packed and ready to be carried upon your arrival.

We will be outside the entire time and will stay overnight at a location without amenities.  We will be hiking with all of our gear to our camping spot, which is about a mile from where the program starts. We encourage you to be prepared for all types of weather and bring several layers so that you can be comfortable throughout the class.

While this class is focused, it will also be very enjoyable. We want to push the edge of your knowledge and comfort zones to maximize learning and fun. We strive to balance theory with hands-on practice in a safe learning environment.

We will cover many topics including:

  • The Big Four Survival Skills: Shelter, Fire, Water, and Food
  • Survival Gear
  • Survival Mindset and Awareness
  • Survival vs. Bushcraft
  • Survival Skills as a gateway to deep connection to the natural world
  • What to practice when you go home.

Health Precautions:
We ask all participants to stay home if they have signs or symptoms of Covid-19. Please see the following Dept. of Health Guidelines for an updated list of symptoms. All students are asked to quarantine or isolate if they have symptoms or a Covid exposure per the most up to date state and county guidelines.

We will have the basic survival food provided, including oats, raisins, nuts, chicken, fish, and wild foraged food. A light breakfast will be provided on Saturday and Sunday, as well as dinner on Saturday. Participants should arrive fed on Friday, as dinner will not be provided on the first night. Participants will need to bring additional food for lunches and snacks. We do not have any way for you to refrigerate or heat your food, so please plan accordingly. Instruction will end by 4 pm on Sunday (or earlier, depending on the class). 

How to Get There: 
Driving directions and maps can be found here. Our Campus address is 20410 320th Ave NE, Duvall, WA 98019


Please bring the following items. This list is designed with your comfort and safety in mind and takes into account the variable weather possibilities during summer in Western Washington. 

  • 8×8, 8×6, 6×6 tarp or similar size.  A quality army surplus style poncho with grommets can work for this as well
  • Sleeping bag or wool blanket
  • Headlamp (with a red light recommended)
  • Water purification system – filter, chemical purification, or other
  • Metal Water Bottle- Large mouth single wall construction, can be used for boiling or cooking 
  • Metal mess kit that can be used to boil water over an open fire if not using a metal water bottle
  • Food – shelf-stable food for two lunches, snacks, and one breakfast. 
  • 2 liters of water (Platypus, 1L Metal bottles, etc.)
  • A fixed-blade knife with a sheath (sharp, full-tang, fixed blade). Knives are available for purchase at the time of online registration or by emailing [email protected] up to the Thursday before your program date. Knives will NOT be available for sale once you arrive at your program.
  • Work gloves
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Your own mug for tea/coffee
  • Backpack (to carry food, water, notebook, and extra layers, sleeping bag or blanket)
  • 50’ of parachute cord (1/8” diameter rope)
  • Toiletries and personal medication
  • Clothing that is appropriate for the weather. The key to being prepared is having multiple layers that you can add/remove during the day. Depending on the time of year, this could include: 
    • Lightweight pants and long-sleeved shirt (for bug/sun protection)
    • Shorts that can get wet and dry quickly
    • Synthetic long underwear top and bottom (not cotton) 
    • Wool or fleece pants (not cotton)
    • Wool or fleece jacket (not cotton)
    • Rain jacket, rain pants, and rain hat
    • Wool socks
    • Warm hat
    • Gloves
    • Appropriate footwear (We will be walking between 4-6 miles during the weekend)

Additional Recommended Gear

  • Bow Drill kit – or any pieces that you already have
  • Small survival bag
  • Lighter and/or ferrocerium rod
  • Mosquito head net
  • Camping mosquito net for sleeping (recommended as there can sometimes be a lot of mosquitos at night)
  • Outdoor tools that you want to practice with, saw, small axe/hatchet
  • Water shoes or sandals

Please do not bring tents to this course. We encourage participants to sleep without them, and there will likely not be adequate room to set one up anyway. Please leave camp stoves at home and bring food that does not require cooking or refrigeration (jerky, nuts, bars, trail mix, dried fruit etc.) There will likely be boiled water during parts of the course that you can use for simple ‘add hot water’ packet meals if you choose to bring them, but please do not rely on them as hot water will only be available at certain times

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