West Texas Living off the Land Survival Expedition!

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Trip Overview

This is a chance to find out how indigenous people lived off the land in a rugged mountainous environment! Expert instructors will initially guide you for five days in performing the fundamental tasks that Native Americans mastered to live in this challenging landscape.  You will then have the opportunity to demonstrate these skills on your own for the next five days.  This will include procuring food and water, building adequate shelter, making friction fire, and carrying out other essential tasks.  Upon finishing the expedition, you will have a sense of confidence in your knowledge and ability to utilize natural resources to survive in the wild!

Expedition Details

Trip Name:                  

West Texas Living off the Land Survival Expedition


Trip Dates:                   




10 Days


Experience & Activity Level:            

Previous survival or primitive skills experience helpful

but not required.   Participants should be in good

physical condition.


Accommodation  Style:

Tent camping and survival shelters



$2,390 per person



- Davis Mountains in West Texas



This is an adventure in the Davis Mountains, a high and arid environment in West Texas.  It is also known as a “sky island” ecosystem, rising above the surrounding lowlands where distinct ecozones intersect bringing together the plant and animal communities of the southern Rocky Mountains, the Chihuahuan desert, and the northern extreme of the semi-tropics. These are true ecological islands, preserving living remnants that occur otherwise nowhere else in Texas.


Over the course of ten days, you will learn a variety of primitive skills and get the chance to put them into practice with guidance from your expert instructors.  You will traverse over the landscape in rough terrain performing all the necessary tasks in order to demonstrate your ability to utilize natural resources to cope with whatever nature throws at you.  


The expedition will be divided into two phases.  Phase one will include spending a few days at a campsite while our team of expert instructors will instruct you in learning the following skills:


- Primitive shelter construction

- Creating friction fire using various primitive methods

- Locating, capturing and purifying water

- Making survival bows, rabbit sticks, and spears

- Setting snares and traps to catch small game

- Animal processing and preparing food using primitive methods

- Making and using primitive fishing implements

- Identifying and foraging for edible and medicinal plants

- Making cordage and other useful tools out of local plants

- Observing cloud formations and predicting future weather events

- Navigating across unknown landscapes without a compass/map


After practicing the above skills in camp, you will be sent into the “bush” for several days to perform them as if you were a native living off the land in a real survival situation.  Accordingly, you will have specific tasks that you will need to accomplish and you will be monitored as to how well you perform them.  Our instructors will be on hand to keep an eye on your activities and to keep you on track in the event of any mishaps, difficulties, or unexpected events (drastic changes in weather, etc).


The trip will require that you be in good physical condition and able to withstand the rigors being outside for an extended period of time without the aid of modern conveniences, as well as being able to handle some discomfort like being cold during the night, functioning with minimal food, etc.  Additionally, you will only be allowed to have a few changes of clothes and one small bag, and will not be allowed to bring extra water, supplemental food, etc. (the instructors will maintain emergency rations in the event they are needed).


This will be a once in a lifetime experience where you will learn a tremendous amount about your inner resources, as well as how to cope with nature and the elements in a harsh environment like our ancestors did.  After you finish, you will understand what it was like to live in a world before modern technology and will have a greater appreciation for indigenous cultures and the challenges they faced on a day-to-day basis.   

Naturalist Ventures

Austin, Texas, USA



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