Sunday, July 10, 2022

Have you ever wondered how you would do if you had to spend a night in the wild, and you brought nothing with you? On this day hike, we will be focusing on the foundational skills that can give you peace of mind, a feeling of self-reliance, and have the potential to save your life in any outdoor scenario. We’ll be hiking 4 miles through the gorgeous Black Rock Forest while covering the basics of shelter building, friction fire, water purification, wild edibles and medicinal plants, awareness, tracking, bird language, and much more. After this hike, you will have an understanding of what you need and how to procure it from almost any landscape.

Your Guide: Zach Fisher is a Primitive Technologist, Educator, Outdoor Guide, and Artist living in the Hudson Valley of New York. He has studied at Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School since 2010 and has taught with numerous organizations in the Northeast, West Coast, and the Caribbean. Additionally, he is the Co-Founder of Earth Living Skills (, a registered NY State Guide, and a certified Wilderness First Responder. His goal as a teacher and guide is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for our wild landscapes and the lives that they encompass. By sharing these experiences, we can shift not only our perspectives but also our relationship with the natural world.

Level: Relaxed (Learn More)

Mileage: 4.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 750 feet

Group Size: 2 - 10 adventurers


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 7:45 am

Departure Time: 8:00 am

Return Time: Approximately 5:30 pm



  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture-wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Lunch
  • Ample Snacks
  • At least two (2) liters of water
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra layers to adjust to changing weather conditions
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • A change of clothes for the ride back (optional)