I wanted to give you guys the heads up on Oregon Firearms Academy's class--Basic Wilderness Survival, mainly because if you're on this particular subforum then you probably want to get your self enrolled. First off, I am not in any way affiliated with OFA. I've only taken two classes there, but so far I've been very impressed. The facilities are top notch, the instructors are outstanding and overall my feeling is that it's probably some of the best training available on the west coast, perhaps nationwide. The title "Basic Wild," as it's commonly referred to, is a little misleading because this class is less like "setting up a tent, finding a camp spot...etc. etc." and a lot more like a total introductory immersion into both the entire mindset of survival AND the logistical/planning angle of the endeavor to live through TEOTWAWKI or SHTF of GOOD or whatever your preferred euphemism is for emergencies. I've been studying survival and emergency preparedness for more than five years and it's a flat fact that I would have saved thousands of dollars and untold research/internet time (probably several hundred hours) if I had just started with this class. What's more is that even though I'm pretty well caught up on the cutting edge of things I had made some potentially catastrophic errors in my decision making that, had I not taken this class now and thus corrected them, could have resulted in some serious pain and suffering come the moment of truth. My guess is that a lot of people think the class is going to be about making fires or shelters (apparently there's a really good module on this later in the series) but in actuality this first class is about planning and it is with this most fundamental component to survival that I think most people are entirely clueless. Yes, including myself. Be the first the to admit it. If you've been hunting and camping and fishing over the years you're probably just assuming 'Oh, I can handle it.' And for most outdoors people getting a fire started and throwing up a tent is maybe no big deal. That's not what this class is about at all though and to make the above assumption might prove to be a major mistake down the road. It's about managing and maintaining the survival of yourself and your loved ones when/if this country is reduced---be it overnight or slow boil---to a third world country. If you don't believe that's a very real potential reality, then keep doing what you're doing. If, on the other hand, you've got any suspicions that maybe, just maybe things aren't going quite as they should in these our United States then you seriously need to check into this series of classes. Again, especially if you've been studying this stuff and learning from the 'collective genius' of the internet take some time and consider getting some real education because a lot of the assumptions people are making are not going to hold water in reality. Unless you've got four or five years of experience surviving under the harshest possible hostile conditions OR you happen to be so loaded that you've got a personal well being contract with Blackwater---then just trust me, you can't go wrong with Basic Wild. Affordable, local to the Northwest and the instructor is world-class, over the top good. That's my report. PM me with questions and if I can answer them I'll do my best.