Take Real Survival Training this Fall

Interior BC Mountains and Lake Course fire lighting kit, survival knife and sharpening board

The Fall Mountain Survival Course (FMSC) is a world-class professionally taught Modern Wilderness Survival Course, designed to give you the knowledge you need if stranded in the Mountains of Canada. This survival course gives you the skills and confidence you need for survival anywhere in the Canadian mountains. To register in this 4-day course, you need to complete the Online Survival Core Seminar first and have read Canadian Wilderness Survival.

We will begin the course at our base camp, in the Columbia Mountains near Boswell, B.C., at an elevation of around 600m. We will spend two days and nights learning mountain survival skills. This “Temperate Rainforest” in Fall is a wet, moisture-filled environment, but with limited chance of snow. This forest provides a great training environment filled with cedars, fir, larch, birch, willow and pine. We will spend some of our time exploring and collecting firewood, saplings and other useful plants in this forest.

"…talks about the task, then does the task, then gives you the time to complete the task…" — Former Student

We will concentrate during these two-days on teaching the fundamental survival skills you need to learn including, safe tool use, fire lighting, cooking over a fire, shelter building and water purification. During this time, you will live in a rustic camp. Each participant will build and live in a single-person shelter with a shared fire. Fire management and cooperation with the individual on the other side of the fire are essential skills you will be learning and practicing.

We will then leave our base camp and move as a group by vehicle to a higher elevation area above 1000m to live a night in sub-alpine terrain. In this new area, we will quickly see the differences due to elevation and slope. Here we will ensure you can survive and thrive if stranded. We will have a chance to see and understand northerly and southerly facing slopes, higher terrain changes and a walkabout in the “Sub-alpine Forest” of the Columbian Mountains. We will finish the course off with a wrap-up and debrief back at the base camp.

Field Training Skills Covered


  • Safely using a Survival Knife
  • Basic Knife Handling
  • Wood Splitting with a Survival Knife
  • Sharpening Board & Knife Sharpening

Using Survival Tools

  • Build & Use a Baton
  • Notches & Try Sticks
  • Useful Knots
  • Using a Bow Saw
  • Safe Falling of Deadfall Trees

Fire Lighting

  • Using Artificial and Natural Tinder
  • Finding Natural Fire Lighting Aids
  • Extensive Fire Lighting with a Striker
  • Standard and Survival Twig Bundles
  • Getting a Fire Started
  • Keeping a Fire Burning
  • Overnight Fire Management Skills
  • Selection of Proper Fire Wood
  • No-Evergreen Fire Lighting
  • Building Cooking Cranes
  • Cooking over a Fire

Water Purification

  • Purifying Water in the Field
  • Collecting Water in the Mountains

Shelter Building

  • Single & Double Super Shelters
  • Various Lean-to Shelters
  • Building a 4-Finger Bough Bed
  • Build various Survival Shelters

Montane Forest

  • Trees of the Montane Forest
  • Useful plants of the Montane Forest
  • Safe Camp Locations in the Mountains
  • Use and Identification of Aspect/Slope
  • Safe Summer & Fall Mountains Travel
Improvised Shelter for Spring Rains Temperate Canadian Rainforest

Fall Mountain Survival Course Fine Print