Desert Skills

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Location: Winslow, Arizona

October 1-3, 2021

This is a 3-day class (Friday-Sunday) taught by Caleb Olander that teaches students Shelter making, fire craft, and water procurement/processing skills tailored to the American Southwest.  The class will go over such skills as shelter building (both primitive and modern), friction fire, modern fire methods, water locating, natural containers, primitive traps, and other skills as they apply to a desert environment.  

Gear Requirements:

Hiking boots or shoes (broken in), a fixed blade knife with sheath, folding saw, brimmed hat and bandana (or shemagh), day pack (for a short hike), clothing appropriate for the season (long sleeve loose fitting shirt recommended for desert environment), sunscreen, para-cord or bank line, leather gloves, 1 gallon of water per person per day (if the weather is hot, persons can go through multiple gallons of water in a day). Food for meals and any cooking implements you will require.  Students may camp in the area or stay in nearby accommodations. If you choose to camp bring any camping items with you that you will need. (Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc.) 

This is a laid-back class and students will have access to their vehicles throughout the weekend.  We will be hiking to water the second day of the class. This is not a long or strenuous hike, but keep this in mind when packing necessary items that you will personally require (I.e. water bottles, sun glasses, packable snacks, etc.) 


Caleb Olander is a wilderness skills practitioner from the state of Arizona.  From a young age, Caleb spent much of his time outdoors learning whatever he could about the desert southwest. He acquired many of his skills, learning from different instructors in the survival and primitive skills community; putting these skills into practice as often as possible in the wilderness areas throughout the state.  

Caleb has taught beside other primitive skills and survival instructors in multiple states, and enjoys seeing others grow in their knowledge of wilderness skills.  He is an avid backpacker, and recently hiked over 850 miles in two months through Washington and Oregon.

From wilderness backpacking to practicing bushcraft and primitive skills, he has continued to immerse himself in the natural world and learn the skills that apply to the environment he is in.

For more information contact Patrick Rollins: Ph: (256) 613-3834, email: Please read the FAQs before signing up.