The Pathfinder School

Dave Canterbury, a US Army Veteran, is a self-employed hunting guide and survival instructor. Dave has posted over 600 Self Reliance-themed instructional videos on the web and is the author of "The Pathfinder System: A Common Man's Guide to Survivability". He is the owner of the Pathfinder Training School in SE Ohio. His methodology for survival is based on what he coins the 5C’s of Survivability; these are the 5 items that have been used cross culturally from ancient times to affect Survival. David has written a book called “Survivability for the Common Man” and is a published writer with articles appearing in Self Reliance Illustrated; he is currently also writing for American Frontiersman and New Pioneer Magazines. Dave is an adjunct faculty member of Frontier Christian University for the Wilderness Self Reliance Certificate Program.

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Be prepared when venturing out on a hike or camping trip with these wilderness survival tips! In this first of two lessons, Dave Canterbury of the Pathfinder School teaches how to build a shelter that will keep you visible and comfortable. Using the items in your emergency pack (a bright shirt, knife, reusable space blanket, stakes, trash bag, tape, fleece blanket, and rope), follow these instructions to create a safe space that you can adjust to stay warm or cool as needed.

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Brave the great outdoors with these wilderness survival tips! In this second of two lessons, Dave Canterbury from The Pathfinder School teaches you two crucial elements of survival: water and fire. Learn to recognize the signs of dehydration, and to filter or boil water so that it is safe to drink in just three minutes. Learn the right technique for creating a fire with waterproof tinder, kindling, and fuel. Be sure to carry a stainless steel water container, waterproof bag, lighter, and tinder.

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What would you do if you were in the wilderness, and accidentally got separated from your group? How could you know what to do or where to go? Basic navigation skills, like knowing how to use a compass, are indispensable—so make sure you are equipped for anything! In this lesson from The Pathfinder School you’ll learn why people who are lost often walk in circles, how to walk a straight course, and finally, how to tell what direction you are facing even if you don’t have a compass.

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Be prepared for emergencies on a hike or camping trip with a well-stocked, compact wilderness survival kit. In this lesson, the Pathfinder School explains the 10 C's -- 10 categories of supplies all starting with C -- to help you meet basic needs for emergencies on the trail or alone in the wild. With carefully chosen supplies ranging from cutting tools to canvas needles, you can keep safe in difficult conditions. Learn the best supplies for shelter, fire, water, signaling, and more.

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Increase your chances for rescue and survival in the wild! In this lesson, Dave Canterbury from The Pathfinder School teaches you four different signaling techniques using a mirror, orange bandana, headlamp, a cutting tool, and some fire starters. You’ll learn the optimal situations for using each signaling device and how to fit them all in your basic survival kit.

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