The Nothing Course
The Ultimate Abo




























The Ultimate Abo

Full Immersion into Southwestern Primitive Living Skills

Class limited to 12 students
(2024 dates are coming soon!)
Tuition: $3499  
Instructors: Cody Lundin and Mark Dorsten
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Experience nine life-changing days. No cell phones, email, or social media... New found confidence, independence and self-reliance. An icon course at ALSS for three decades, find out what it’s like to become truly self-sufficient in the wilderness, and in your life! The Ultimate Abo is our second most challenging course (after the Desert Drifter) and allows you to step back in time a thousand years to experience nature on Her terms. You’ll spend the first six days of your journey at a remote wilderness base camp. From this high desert, canyon landscape, you'll gather and fashion all of your gear from the natural materials around you. For the last three days your tribe will leave the base camp, setting out on foot to explore, travel, and live like nomadic hunter-gatherer’s using only the primitive gear you have created. This is not just another outdoor course, it’s a fresh outlook on your life allowing you to live what you’ve learned!

Live nine days of life-sustaining wisdom including all the fun of the “Essential Abo” and “Provident Primitive” courses plus: constructing willow pack-frames, stone and bone tools, the art of primitive cooking including stone boiling, hot rock ovens, wooden grills, coal cooking and more, primitive fishing techniques, insects as food, cattail and bulrush sleeping mats, finger weaving pack straps and belts, making and using pine-pitch glue, traveling with primitive gear, safe and effective camp site selection, field sanitation and hygiene, natural crafting, safe knife use techniques and sharpening, and much more! Two meals per day are included for the first six days; we’ll hunt and gather food as a tribe for the last three.

Note: The Ultimate Abo is based upon Cody’s 30-day Aboriginal Living Skills class he developed and taught for Prescott College in the 1990's for nearly a decade. (some cross country hiking required)

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"What I like most is that nothing is sugar coated on one of Cody's courses. We had our fun, but if there was no shelter, food or water we were cold, hungry and thirsty. We were there to learn how to deal with it. If anyone has the time and money to do a course with Cody, DO IT! Yes, it's expensive. Yes, it's far away. It's also one of the most awesome things you can do without being arrested! I've always said that if you want to learn how to do something right, you go to the best and damn the expense."
Daniel Giddings, CA. "Ultimate Abo" alum 2010.