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Wilderness Survival Skills & Custom Programs

Bryson City, NC
from $135
Customizable Wilderness Survival Programs for you or your group!

SOLO Southeast instructors are ready to customize instruction based on your needs. Whether you choose to book one-on-one time with an instructor to work on a specific set of skills, or for a wilderness outing with friends and family, SOLO Southeast can customize the training to your needs.

16+ Years Old
All Day
Youth learning Wilderness Survival Skills
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Wilderness Survival Custom Programs provide specific private instruction, allowing a student to tailor a course to their individual needs and schedule. We can accommodate a group of friends or family members interested in half-day, full-day, or multi-day survival or outdoor skills or courses.

  • $125/Half Day
  • $200/Full Day
  • Multi-person discount available

What You’ll Learn

Options for courses include:

  • Friction Fire Making
  • Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants
  • Wild Basketry
  • Shelter Building
  • Primitive Cooking
  • Introduction to Wilderness Survival

What to Expect

Students are asked to check in at least 30 minutes prior to their course start time at the SOLO Southeast offices on NOC’s main campus in Bryson City, NC.



Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 US-19
Bryson City, NC 28713

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  • Primary gear and equipment
  • All course materials
  • Professionally trained instructors

NOC Provides the primary gear needed for each course.

Course participants should plan to have seasonally appropriate clothing as we will spend a significant amount of time outside. The following list is to supplement the clothing you will be wearing. If you have trouble locating some of these items please call us as we have a limited amount to loan.

Necessary Items (for All Classes)

  • Backpack to put everything in (medium to large)
  • Rain gear (tops and bottoms)
  • Layers of clothing (for splinting exercises and to keep yourself warm during scenarios)
  • Warm hat or sun hat
  • Water bottles (at least 1 qt/liter)
  • Some snacks
  • Pen and notepad
  • Wrist Watch (cell phone is not sufficient)
  • Footwear appropriate to the terrain (closed toes, no flip flops)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen

Additional items

(Optional for WFA, Required for AWFA, WFR, WEMT, WEMT Module)

  • Old Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Footwear you don’t mind getting wet
  • Knife
  • Plastic tarp or groundsheet (min 6’X6’)
  • Headlight
  • Sleeping pad (ensolite or thermarest)
  • Personal first aid kit (Band-Aids etc)
  • Trekking poles (useful but not required)

Students must be at least 14 years of age. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

NOC is home to two onsite restaurants, and hours vary seasonally. View hours for River’s End Restaurant and Big Wesser. Snacks are available for purchase at the General Store.


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