Course Duration: 13.00 Friday - 12.00 Sunday
Group size: 14 Maximum
Age Range: 18+
This course is relevant for those who have an outline understanding of the concepts and techniques of Bushcraft and Survival but wish to practice their techniques. By no means is this a basic introductory course, you will be amazed at the level of detail our instructors will go into in the short time available.
You will begin to master the safe use of knives and saws with simple techniques that can not only save you from injury, but will help you prepare your food and bring carving projects to life with ease. Dive into the world of preparing your own meals with wild ingredients and enjoy delicious feasts to fuel you through the weekend. Learn the beauty of cooking with cast iron cookware over an open fire
This course is not an endurance test but is designed for you to get practical hands-on experience of some slightly more advanced skills of Bushcraft and Survival, in a fun and safe weekend.
This course begins at 13:00 on the Friday afternoon in order for you to make headway with the warmest shelter you will have ever slept in! Following a brief on winter shelter construction you begin work on building your home for the next two nights. Our priority is to get shelter above and around you before moving on to get your fire established for the evening. You will spend a night in the outdoors safe in the knowledge that you'll be kept warm and dry by the shelter you've worked hard to create from what we can find around us. Experience the peace of waking up in the woods after a fantastic night's sleep, immersed in nature.
Your evening meal consists of roasted pheasant, which you will have prepared yourself, (vegetarian options are available) cooked in a Dutch oven, accompanied by warming roast vegetables.
After breakfast the morning is spent building one of a variety of raised beds and making those last minute touches to your perfect shelter.
Once you are insulated from the ground and from the elements we then begin construction of your self-feeding fire to keep you warm throughout the evening, this takes practice and so a couple of "dry" runs in the early afternoon do not go amiss whilst preparing your evening meal.
The afternoon is spent focusing on friction fire lighting where once you have developed your technique on an individual fire bow you will build a group set to see how much easier this technique can be!
Winter often brings clearer skies and so if there is the chance during the evening you can spend a while with our instructors to learn some of the other constellation names not covered on previous courses.
Once again game is provided for lunch and evening.
Sunday morning is dedicated to settling in to the Winter Rhythm of the woodland with some beginners to intermediate tracking skills, followed by a wild food foray. Expanding your knowledge on what wild resources we have available to us, when and how to harvest them, and their uses. You will gain an understanding, not only of how we can use the resources we have around us, but how we can work with nature to sustain this partnership.