Ancient Pathways—Flagstaff, Ariz. from 12 Save-Your-Skin Survival Schools

12 Save-Your-Skin Survival Schools

Ancient Pathways
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Ancient Pathways—Flagstaff, Ariz.

When a school is one of the military’s go-tos for desert survival training, you know it means business. Run by survival guru Tony Nester (inset) since 1989, Ancient Pathways offers classes in the art of bushcraft—“walking into the wilderness with a minimum of gear and relying on your skills while foraging and depending on nature‘s resources,” as Nester puts it—ranging from four to 14 days. The school’s signature course, says Nester, is the “Knife Only Survival Course” ($295), which actor Emile Hirsch used to train for his role in Into the Wild.