Wilderness & Survival Education


As the Founder and Owner of Adventure Out, Cliff has instructed and guided over 10,000 people in the outdoors for the past decade. From multi-pitch climbing routes, to deep backcountry pack trips, to his specialty of primitive wilderness survival skills instruction, Cliff teaches and guides from the perspective of developing a connection with nature. Instructional services can range from single-day courses to week-long excursions.  Popular workshops with Cliff include:

  • Basic Survival (Shelter, Water, Food)
  • Bow Making
  • Arrow Making
  • Stone Tools/Flintknapping
  • Primitive Hunting
  • Backpacking & Naturalist Tours

Everything above may be booked privately by contacting Cliff via this website, or there are also many open-to-the-public classes and trips available at Adventure Out.

Public Appearances & Speaking Engagements

Cliff Hodges speaks

Cliff has been speaking publicly for most of his adult life – with past appearances ranging from the Keynote Address at the SonyEricsson executive retreat at the Ritz Carlton, to the Summit Series entrepreneur conference, to the Santa Cruz Nextie Award Banquet.  Speaking engagements may be paired with instructional services and programs (i.e. survival skills class at a company retreat, followed by keynote address at dinner), or may be booked separately.  Contact Cliff’s promotional team to inquire about rates and availability for speaking and appearances.


Corporate Group Training & Retreats

Cliff and the rest of his team at Adventure Out have worked with groups ranging from Fortune 500 company executive retreats, to team-building programs for Google, Facebook, BMW, to Stanford University professor groups, to bachelor parties, school groups, and girl scout troops.  Programs span everything form 1-day survival clinics or naturalist hikes, to week-long survival immersion experiences.





Outdoor/Adventure Business Consulting

The Adventure Out Guide Training & Affiliation Seminar is a program designed by Cliff Hodges to teach aspiring outdoor guides and business owners the nuts and bolts of running an outdoor school and guide service. Participants learn the methodologies behind Cliff’s programs and learn the Adventure Out system and business model so that they can begin to run their own programs and teach others with success and a consistent client base. In short, Cliff Hodges and Adventure Out have gone open source – he will be sharing everything he’s learned in the past decade with participants to raise the level of professionalism in the outdoor industry. Graduates of the program will have the option to affiliate with Adventure Out and open their own, independently-owned, Adventure Out satellite program.