The Bushcraft Weekend course designed to build on the essential bushcraft skills. This weekend course is specifically intended for the intermediate bushcrafter. The skills learn’t on this course will enable you to go out into the wilderness and know how to light a fire without matches and build a woodland shelter to spend a night or two in without a problem
Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of our instructors and after initial introductions and a safety briefing you will be guided on a short walk to base camp. You will be handed a mora knife and bahco laplander and shown how to safely use them. It’s then onto setting up your sleeping area for the night. Our instructors will take you through where to best setup your tarp for a comfortable nights sleep, after which you’ll head back around the central fire for your evening meal.
An early start and straight after breakfast its onto shelter building, our instructors will talk you through the various types of shelter design, ranging from a one man kennel shelter through to a group lean-to shelter, our instructors will guide you through what to look out for when choosing a site to build your shelter in. It’s then up to you to build you own leaf litter shelter in where you will spend the night. You will be using natural resources such as roots and withies to bind your shelter together making sure it is stable enough to take the weight of the leaves and bracken you’ll cover it making the shelter weatherproof.
Late afternoon sees the start of fire lighting, our instructors
will first take you on a walk through the woods to discover what different types of natural tinders there are and after harvesting some you will then begin collecting firewood ready for your fire. Our instructors will demonstrate how to light a fire, they will take you trough the different stages of a fire and how to successfully light and maintain it and most importantly how to extinguish and leave no trace. It’s then over to you to light your fire using the tinders you collected earlier. You will be taught how to use a tradition flint and steel, firesteel, solar (parabolic mirror) and of course fire by friction to light your fire with.
You will then move onto game preparation (usually rabbit), our instructors will guide you through how to skin and prepare this game ready for cooking over the open fire we’ll use the rabbits to create a hearty evening meal and our instructors will talk you through some bushcraft cooking techniques. To accompany your evening meal, we will take you out on a forage to harvest some seasonal delights. You’ll learn how to identify wild edibles and taste first hand what nature has to offer.
Whilst dinner is slowly cooking in the dutch ovens, our instructors will take you through snaring and trapping, we’ll discuss the legalities behind each and will have a few ready for you to test out. It’s then time to head back to dinner, but on the way you’ll gather some nettles to make some reverse twist cordage with after dinner.
The remainder of the evening will be spent around the central fire where you can relax and reflect on what you achieved during the day.
As the sun begins to glisten through the trees you will awaken to the sounds of the woods. For the early birds, there may be a chance for a gentle stroll through the woods, seeing if we can spot any wildlife going about their daily business. Our instructors will then give you the ingredients for making a traditional Scottish breakfast (bannock) and guide you through how to make this delicious breakfast.
After breakfast our instructors our instructors will take you through how to look after you knife in the field and at basecamp. They will guide you through how to correctly sharpen and maintain a strong cutting edge before handing over to you to have a go. You’ll then head out in search of water, you’ll be guided by our instructors on how to best locate a water source. You’ll then use mill bank bags to filter, and tablets to purify the water. There will be chance to test out a water filter pump as well. On the way back to basecamp, our instructors will then take you through natural navigation, looking at trees and plants to aid us in navigating our way through the wood. You’ll look at the sun and other methods along the way.The final part of the course is a challenge to test what you have learnt over the last few days, you will have to identify a number of plants and some of their uses and finally light a fire without matches.
Over the course of the weekend you will learn how to:
- Safely use knives ands saws, including cutting techniques
- Construct a weatherproof shelter (leaf litter)
- Tie key knots to erect a tarp
- Locate and use natural cordage
- Water sourcing
- water filtration and purification
- Identify useful trees and plants for food and medicine
- Prepare game ready for cooking (rabbit plus pigeon or partridge)
- Cook on a open fire along with bushcraft cooking techniques
- Source tinder (bark, grasses, seed heads)
- Natural navigation
- Snares and Traps
- Light a fire without matches (methods include solar, fire steel and flint and steel, bowdrill)
- Sharpen a knife in the field and at basecamp
Fully catered course
Course cost – £150
Location: This course is held at our Wiltshire site close Swindon.
This course will be run from Friday evening starting at 7pm and finishing around 1pm on the Sunday.
21st – 23rd April 2017
29th September – 1st October 2017
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21st-23rd April 2017, 29th Sept – 1st October 2017
All meals for this course will be provided, allowing each student the opportunity to do some bushcraft cooking over an open fire. We have a kettle always on the go so you can help yourself to tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.
This course starts at 9am on the first day and finishes at 4pm on the final day
Joining instructions will be sent to participants once full payment has been made along with your receipt. This will include details of where to meet, when to meet, and what to bring with you.