The school will have an on-site store for last-minute items or basic gear supplies. Students will be able to pick up basic camping supplies like headlamps, ponchos, mess kits, extra pairs of wool socks, a spare knife, bug spray, etc. Our apothecary will stock herbal formulas for students for everything from high altitude adjustment to [...]
The regional Taos airport [TSM, also known as SKX] is 14 miles (@ 25 minutes) to our campus. The regional Santa Fe airport [SAF] is 82 miles (@1 hour, 45 minutes) and the international Albuquerque airport is 138 miles (approximately a 2.5 hour drive).
For all students: Items will include a day-pack, water bottle or camelback, a camping knife (preferably a 3-4" fixed blade, but folding is ok), 50-100' of paracord, poncho or other wet-weather gear, comfortable hiking footwear and layered outdoor clothing (to include long sleeved shirts and long pants), compass, a mess kit, personal first aid kit, [...]
During summer months, Taos Canyon is very pleasant. The high temperatures range in the low 80s and lows of low 50s. The average days of precipitation during August will vary - with a maximum of 7 days scattered throughout the month. (in the event of a rain shower, the school has an indoor space for [...]
Family members and friends can accompany students as long as they are not attending or present on the campus during class hours. The school priority is to ensure minimal distractions during this intensive training. And while we absolutely love dogs, and have our own that live on the campus, the school can not allow students [...]
Wild bears and mountain lions are part of the eco-system as a whole, however it would be very unlikely to encounter them on this campus. We have several large and friendly dogs and take proper care of all garbage disposal and maintenance to prevent bear visits. Other wildlife include elk, deer, turkeys, raccoons, foxes, coyotes [...]
Camping is available the day before and the night after the course is completed at no charge. Camping, hammock and glamping spots are first come, first serve. It is recommended to reserve a camping spot in advance, as spots will be limited.
There is hands-on training that includes walking, carrying, lifting to some extent. While not required, it is suggested that students be able to lift 40 pounds and walk up to 2 miles without undue physical fatigue. The elevation is 7,500 ft above sea level.
This varies slightly, depending on what part of the course you are in. Generally assume that classes will start no later than 9 am and finish no earlier than 5 pm; but there will be sections that may run a bit later in the evening than that. After completion of Phase 2, students will have [...]
Yes, you do not need to camp at the school campus unless you would like to!