Wayward in the Northwest: Wilderness Emergency Field Simulation 1 (WEFS 1)


No prerequisites. However, the Level 1 Wilderness Emergency Survival Standard course (WESS 1) is recommended as a preparatory course.

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What is it like to be stuck in the woods with limited equipment, food, and resources? Enter Wayward in the Northwest, the ARTOS WEFS 1.

In this initial course of the ARTOS Wilderness Emergency Field Simulation series, experience the first days of a real wilderness emergency.

Truly provide for your needs with just a knife, a water bottle, and a few other limited items while working with your team to solve problems that commonly occur in a survival situation. In this course, you will learn to:

  • Think and react appropriately to an emergency
  • Be a leader and a member of a team
  • Prioritize your needs
  • Build shelter and fire
  • Source your sustenance from the land
  • Locate and purify all of your water
  • Persevere in the natural environment surrounding you without the luxuries of modern life
  • And more…

There will be unforeseen challenges created by your circumstances as well as by the ARTOS team. Are you ready to test your skills, gear, and fortitude? Join us in Northwest Montana for an experience you will not forget!


Important Course Information (Please Read)

We need a minimum of 8 students to run this course, so spread the word and tell a friend. There is a maximum student number of 15. This course is for adults 18+ only.

It is advisable to consult your physician before enrolling and attending this course. This course involves up to several miles of hiking in and out of the site. As the entry level ARTOS field course, no experience is required. However, that does not mean this course will be easy. This course is for those who are physically fit, want to be challenged, and have the capacity for enduring stress (i.e. limited sleep, food, gear, etc.). You will learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable and you will not always be in control of your circumstances. The ARTOS Wilderness Emergency Survival Standard 1 (WESS 1) course is a great way to prepare for this course.

ARTOS will provide transportation to and from the course site just outside of the Flathead Valley. Pickup will take place starting at 0730 the morning of the first day starting in Kalispell and stopping at convenient locations throughout the valley including Glacier International Airport and the Whitefish Amtrack Station for those flying or taking the train into the area. Students will be able to leave vehicles at some of these locations for the duration of the trip. Exact pickup locations and schedule will be sent to enrolled students. If coming in from out of town, plan on arriving to town well in advance of the pickup times.

Dropoff will take place in the evening on the last day of the course at the same locations as pickup. Dropoff times cannot be guaranteed, so plan your return flights accordingly.

This course will have gear and supply requirements and restrictions (see next tab). Be advised, you will not be allowed conveniences such as tents, sleeping bags, or camp stoves.

Additional pertinent information will be sent to enrolled students via email.

Instructors are trained and certified in emergency medicine and will carry first aid equipment, emergency signaling devices, and defensive measures for dangerous wildlife throughout the course.

A complete refund can be issued for any cancellation more than 21 days before the date of the course. For any cancellation within 21 days of the date of the course, a credit will be issued and honored for any open course of equal value.

In the event that ARTOS Survival must cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances, students will be given notice as soon as possible and given the option to either reschedule to a later scheduled course of equal value, to be notified when a new course date for the enrolled course is scheduled, or to receive a full refund. If flying in or scheduling lodging or vehicle rentals for your trip, please choose refundable options or purchase travel insurance in the event that this does happen.

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Feel free to ask any questions you may have by emailing patrick@artossurvival.com. We do our best to reply promptly and thoroughly.


Required Gear

This course will simulate a survival situation having occurred during a day hike. Think about what you would actually bring on a trip like this and stay true to yourself. This is up to you and will enable you to learn more about your preparedness and skills during the course so you can adjust accordingly for the future.


  • Day pack: no more than 30 liters
  • Appropriate layers: base layer top and bottom, insulating layer (i.e. wool or fleece sweater), waterproof shell top and bottom (Goretex Pro recommended), wool socks (may bring a second pair), wool/fleece hat, work gloves (fleece lined preferred). NO SHORTS, LONG PANTS ONLY. ABSOLUTELY NO COTTON OR DOWN DURING COLD AND WET SEASONS!
  • High-quality boots that are broken in before the course and blister kit – consider wearing a liner sock to prevent blisters
  • High-quality fixed-blade knife
  • Hand saw
  • Headlamp (preferred) or flashlight
  • Unlined single-walled stainless steel water bottle (i.e. Kleen Kanteen) – especially if no filtration/treatment methods
  • Anything else you would bring on a day hike – remember to really think about this and to take it seriously


  • ABSOLUTELY NO tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, etc.
  • NO manufactured hunting, fishing, or trapping tools (i.e. rifles, bows, rods, conibear traps, etc.) – the purpose of this course is to test your skills AND your kit in a scenario where you don’t have access to these items (i.e. not a fishing or hunting trip)
  • You may bring ONE PACKAGE of food not to exceed 800 calories – think about things like how or if it must be prepared (NO stoves allowed), if it can be rationed throughout the course, or how it could be useful for certain survival needs


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