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The Real Cost of Fantasy Camp

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-04-28T02:43:28Z

Photograph by Ethan Welty/Aurora Photos/Corbis

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Wilderness Survival Camp

Bill Valentine, an investment manager who once got lost while turkey hunting, wanted the confidence that comes from knowing he could survive in the wild. So after five days of training in survival skills at the wilderness camp offered by Lifesong Wilderness Adventures in North Bend, Oregon, he spent the final night alone in the woods, foraging for plants and insects. Valentine built a shelter and a fire and watched for black bears. Founder Mark Weinert says that while you feel isolated, you are monitored for safety. Among the program's options:

$950: The Edge six-day program. Provides training in the wild with only a knife, flint, canteen and clothes