Weekend Workshop: Survival Skills OvernightA weekend learning earth living skills

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
2 Days
2 Days
9.0 miles
$265 non-peak member
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About the trip

Experience the gifts of the wild

The forest teems with gifts that humans relied upon for generations. From the wood used to create fire to the stones crafted into tools, items around us in the woods have so much potential to sustain us if we only know how to look.

If you've ever wanted to learn the essentials of outdoor survival, this weekend is for you. You'll spend two days mastering earth living skills such as friction fire, making shelter, and identifying wild edibles all while enjoying some time away from the city and in the great outdoors.

Your Guide
Zach Fisher
Senior Guide

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Level 6/10
The North Face2101 Broadway
2 Days



Introductions and skills training

You'll meet your Discover Outdoors guides bright and early to set off on your adventure. Your destination for the night is a backcountry campsite in the woods of Harriman State Park, but your hike to camp will be your first opportunity to start seeing the bounty around you. Your guides will stop along the way to point out important plants and items and teach some essential skills. Upon arriving at your home for the night, you'll be tasked with the challenge of creating a bow drill under their instruction and watchful eye. Perhaps tonight you may even make the fire that cooks your meal. After more time for skills lessons at camp, you'll head off to bed - either in your cozy tent or in a natural debris shelter of your own creation. (Meals: D)
Hiking Distance: 4-6 milesHiking Time: 5 hours

Skills lessons, departure

Waking up well-rested from your night outdoors, you'll again have an opportunity to learn and practice new skills with your guides or to go on a plant walk to identify more wild edibles and medicines. Feeling more connected to the plants and lands around you, you'll pack up and take a final hike back out of the wilderness. Upon on returning to New York, don't be surprised if you start to look at other things around you in a whole new light. (Meals: B, snacks)
Hiking Distance: 4-5 milesHiking Time: 3 hours

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear
  • Backpack (50 L recommended)
  • Backpacking tent (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Sleeping pad (can be rented for additional fee)
  • Knife, must be locking
  • Notebook and pen
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Warm clothes for evenings at camp (fleece, jacket, warm pants)
  • Camelbak bladder or water bottles (3 L capacity)
  • Bowl, mug, and utensil
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Packed lunch for day one (eaten on trail)
Recommended Gear
  • Bug spray
  • Basic first aid kit (band-aids, moleskin, etc)
  • Additional snacks
  • Camera
  • Have a piece of gear like a stove, filter, or item you'd like to test? Bring it along!


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots with light wool socks
  • Layers are recommended to account for changing conditions
  • Rain Jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

What's Included

  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
  • Group items such as cooking gear and filters
  • Skills instruction
  • Dinner on day one, breakfast and snacks on day two
Not Included
  • Meals not indicated above
  • Individual gear (please see pack list)
  • Gratuity for your guide


Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.

Backcountry Camping

We'll be camping out for one night near a backcountry shelter. We'll be sleeping in backpacking tents - or possibly in a natural shelter of your building if you'd prefer. We do ask that everyone bring a tent should conditions make sleeping in a natural shelter difficult. Tents can be rented for $50/ea (rented tents are double-occupancy) or you can bring your own. Sleeping bag and sleeping pad rentals are also available. Food and communal gear will be carried up by the group, so be sure to leave space in your pack!

Dates and Prices

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