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The BOSS Field Course has been our signature trip since 1968: Ultra-light travel through Southern Utah’s mountains, mesas and canyons with little more than a blanket, poncho, and a knife. No tents, sleeping bags, stoves, or backpacks, and definitely no watches, radios, or cellphones. Your goal is to learn to ‘live in the now’ as your small group hikes many miles and learns the skills of Ancestral Puebloan cultures. Not for the faint of heart, a BOSS Field Course is for those seeking a challenge and a chance to renew. No previous outdoor skills or knowledge is needed.
Ready for the next level? The Hunter Gatherer course builds on the skills developed in field courses to truly live off the land for an extended period of time.
BOSS Skills Courses are typically held in our Durfey Creek Basecamp, in an aspen meadow at 9,000′ on Boulder Mountain, with possible day and/or overnight trips into the desert for gathering. Some of BOSS’s most-skilled instructors will teach you primitive survival skills like cordage, friction fire, shelter construction, edible plants, and flintknapping. Instruction is hands-on and class sizes are small to ensure good supervision. A wilderness cook-area is set up for meals, as we want you to focus on the skills and be prepared to learn from dawn until dusk. No previous outdoor skills or knowledge is needed.
BOSS also hosts the Slickrock Gathering, which brings the best primitive skills specialists to BOSS for one week each spring. During this week, students enroll in a specific course – called a Pathway – to learn that skill from start to finish, in depth, under truly expert guidance. Recent pathways include flint knapping, bow construction, hunting, pottery, basketry, and hide tanning.
If you want to combine the advanced use of map and compass with the art of low-impact desert and canyon travel, BOSS has a course just for you: the 14-Day Desert Navigator.
Research shows that the first 72 hours after a situation occurs are the most important for your safety and survival. To help increase your chances of surviving these 72 hours, BOSS has created the 72 Hour Survival Rescue course.
BOSS offers Wilderness First Responder certification and recertification for guides, outdoor trip leaders, and others interested in outdoor medicine. These courses are coordinated with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS and taught at BOSS’s facility in Boulder, Utah in the spring.
Looking for a personalized BOSS course? BOSS Custom Courses are designed specifically to meet your needs. In recent years, we’ve created a number of custom courses for Boy Scout troops, non-profit foundations, and even for people who just want to enjoy a modified BOSS experience. We’ve also provided customized experiences for newspapers, magazines, television programs, and movie studios, including VOGUE, 20th Century Fox, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, The History Channel, and National Geographic Television.