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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  • 14 min
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    Shelter and Survival in the Wilderness
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    Learn to survive in the wilderness by constructing a shelter that is easily visible by search parties and protects you from the elements.

    Learn to survive in the wilderness by constructing a shelter that is easily visible by search parties and protects you from the elements.

  • 13 min
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    Water and Fire Survival Techniques
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    Brave the elements with these wilderness survival tips! Learn to boil or filter water to stay hydrated, and to build a fire with waterproof tinder to keep warm.

    Brave the elements with these wilderness survival tips! Learn to boil or filter water to stay hydrated, and to build a fire with waterproof tinder to keep warm.

  • 9 min
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    How to Navigate with a Compass
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    Whether you’re a novice hiker or wilderness lover, learn how to navigate with a compass so you’ll never be lost, in this lesson from The Pathfinder School.

    Whether you’re a novice hiker or wilderness lover, learn how to navigate with a compass so you’ll never be lost, in this lesson from The Pathfinder School.

  • 7 min
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    How to Assemble a Survival Kit
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    Be prepared for emergencies on a hike or camping trip with a wilderness survival kit, well-stocked to meet basic needs including shelter, fire, and signaling.

    Be prepared for emergencies on a hike or camping trip with a wilderness survival kit, well-stocked to meet basic needs including shelter, fire, and signaling.

  • 8 min
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    How to Signal for Rescue in the Wild
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    Improve your chance for rescue and survival in the wild! This tutorial shows you how to pack a survival kit with multiple options for SOS signals.

    Improve your chance for rescue and survival in the wild! This tutorial shows you how to pack a survival kit with multiple options for SOS signals.

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