THE EDGE is an Extreme Survival Training camp for adult Men and Women. Learn to survive with only a knife, flint, canteen, and the clothes on your back. Train to survive the unexpected outdoor emergency.
– Just a note to say Thank You for the outstanding experience I had at THE EDGE.
I was blown away at how well you’ve thought out
and deliberately constructed the adventure.
I went in with the expectation of expanding and
testing my outdoor skill set and came out fully
changed in my perspective on life.”
All my best ~ Bill Valentine
Backcountry survival emergencies do happen. Our knife-only training prepares you.
- the clothes on your back
- emergency fire making
- minimal shelter
- water a vital need
- food if you can find it
A Rite of Passage
THE EDGE marks and celebrates your graduation. This is a significant time in your life — a rite of passage and affirmation that you have what it takes to challenge yourself physically and mentally and to connect to the wild within.
Who attends THE EDGE camp?
Couples, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers. All have attended THE EDGE.
Training to survive in harsh terrain and extreme conditions
During an outdoor survival emergency, many factors come into play. Freezing temperatures to extreme heat can occur in a single day, hour, or minute.
An understanding and the ability to apply shelter concepts are paramount to one's survival.
Water is as vital as the air we breathe. Dehydration restricts our ability to think, plan, and act.
The core training for all outdoor skills is your ability to be successful with fire. To master fire, your knowledge and skill level must produce success.
Food can be a luxury in an emergency. Still, we will add calories to our diet from what is safe and available.
Read what our EDGE graduates have to say:
"Mark, I had a completely different review planned. Then Hurricane Harvey hit. In August 2017, I took the Edge. Atypically, I took the course without having done any of the earlier ones such as the first circle. Despite my limited knowledge, I was able to learn and survive. The class was a fantastic experience; however, that is not what this is about. Shortly after I completed the class, Hurricane Harvey came barreling toward my home. Severe flooding, tornados, and no access to traditional food sources resulted. Thanks to the training I had received in the Edge, and especially thanks to the mindset developed there, I was able to manage my family's survival situation with ease. I credit our safety during this disaster to Mark and his teachings, as well as the overall experience of the Edge. Thank you, Mark. We are safely managing this disaster thanks to you." ~Ryan Fremuth
"Dear Mark, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for another incredible week of the Edge at LWA. The opportunity to come back this time with my son Kevin and to share this journey has provided us with a lifetime of memories. The program you have designed captures the essence of survival training physicality as well as mental toughness. These tools complemented by your advanced training leave the survivalist with a profound sense of spiritual appreciation for nature and the obstacles we must overcome" . Sincerely, Dr. Dean Glasser Prof. Columbia University Dental School LI Scout Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball
Train to survive in harsh terrain and extreme conditions
"Dear Mark, I am awfully glad I had the opportunity to spend that time with you. It has helped me connect in a more profound way to nature around me. I look at it differently and slow down so that I can be more present to it – for some reason I am now better able to blot out much of the extraneous stimuli of modern life. Also, and equally important, I have an entirely more practical and nuanced understanding of survival in the wild – no longer driven to conquer it, far less afraid of it, and far more confident in my ability to make the appropriate decisions. Far more in awe of nature too! " Cheers! ~ Hugh MacMillan
"Hey Mark, I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to thank you again for an amazing experience in the edge camp. Rick and I had a great time learning about the wild and how to survive with nothing!" ~Darren Desgroseilliers.
Questions? Contact Mark.
- Eligible Students: adults and teens minimum age 16 – enrollment maximum 8
- Requirements: good physical condition
- Duration: Sunday-Friday
- Schedule: begins on a Sunday at 4:00 pm – ends at 12:00 pm (noon), last day of camp.
- Location: Oregon
- Accommodations: primitive outdoor camping
- Meals: food list provided
- Equipment: a registration packet will be supplied after enrollment
- Knife recommendation: best survival knife
- Transport: shuttle
- Instructor Mark J. Wienert and volunteer staff