Fundamental Bushcraft Advanced Course
£225.00 – £275.00
Our Fundamental Bushcraft advanced course is designed to take you to the next level of bushcraft. During the three days you will learn advanced bushcraft techniques for the key elements of bushcraft
Upon arrival of our Fundamental bushcraft course you will be greeted by one of our instructors and taken through a safety briefing before heading to basecamp where a warm cuppa will be waiting. You will be handed the tools for the 3 days which will include a mora knife which is yours to keep (over 18’s only) and given a refresher on safe cutting techniques.
You will then be tasked with creating a woodland shelter from the natural resources you have around you – our instructors will be on hand to guide you through advanced bushcraft shelters. You will be using natural bindings such as withies and roots to lash your shelter together, you may also wish to build a raised bed (advised) to keep you off the floor for a better nights sleep. Finally you will cover your shelter with a thick layer of leaf litter and bracken to ensure a dry nights sleep. Our instructors will be happy to get stuck in, we love it!
You’ll then have a cooked woodland lunch of pigeon, our instructors will hand you the pigeon and be on hand to guide you through how to remove the best pieces of meat for cooking. After a delicious lunch it’s back to finishing off your shelter.
Once you have finished your shelter, our instructors will take you through advanced fire lighting techniques including chemical reactions and solar using a parabolic mirror. Our instructors will also take you through advanced fire lays, these will help maximise the efficiency of your fire. Your task will then be to collect the correct materials to make a bow drill set and our instructors will take you through how to make this, after which your will need to practice in preparation for the final days challenge.
Its then onto game preparation for your evening meal. You will be given a rabbit and be tasked to gut and skin it ready for spit roasting over your camp fire. Our instructors will be on hand to guide you through the process, and to aid you with this.
As the sun beams through the trees and the woodland comes to life, you will awaken, hopefully having has comfortable and warm nights sleep in your shelter. First task will be to check your fire – is your fire still going? you will need it to cook your breakfast so best build it back up! Our instructors will give you the ingredients to make bread twists and guide you through how to make them to accompany your bacon and coffee.
Once breakfast is finished you will go on a wild food forage with our instructors, but first you must make a digging stick! Our instructors will guide you through what you need to do and will walk you through our woodland and across our pastures to discover what edible and poisonous plants are about at this time of year. You will learn how to identify various trees and plants and which ones are ideal for making teas, eating or to include within your first aid kit. Once your basket is full, you will head on back to basecamp where you will prepare what you have foraged to incorporate into your wild game lunch.
After lunch, our instructors will take you on a journey of woodcraft – you will be guided through how to source and safely harvest greenwood without causing longterm damage, along with safe sawing techniques used for efficiency and to speed up your woodcarving. Our instructors will then take you through how to carve a spoon and spatula using advanced techniques.
Your evening meal will be rabbit once again this time our instructors will cook everything over the main fire, this is a chance for you to relax and reflect upon what you have achieved throughout the past 2 days.
The final morning sun will awaken you and our instructors will guide you through how to make a traditional Scottish breakfast (bannock).
After which our instructors will take you through the principles of sharpening and maintaining a good cutting edge on your knife. You will be shown how to get the correct sharpen in the field and at basecamp.
Our instructors will then task you will making a pot hanger ready for the final challenge, you will be guided through how to harvest the materials needed for the pot stand and shown how to carve the individual parts that make up the stand.
After lunch the challenge begins. You will be tasked to ignite a fire using the bow drill set you made earlier and boil a pint of water.
Over this course you will learn how to:
- Safely use knives ands saws, including cutting techniques
- Construct a weatherproof shelter (leaf litter)
- Construct a woodland bed
- Locate and use natural cordage
- Identify useful trees and plants for food and medicine
- Prepare game ready for cooking (rabbit, pigeon or partridge)
- Cook on a open fire along with bushcraft cooking techniques
- Source tinder (bark, grasses, seed heads)
- Light a fire without matches (methods include solar, chemical and fire by friction)
- Make your own bow drill set
- Make and cook bread over an open fire
- Sharpen a knife in the field and at basecamp
- Find and harvest the materials for woodcarving
- Carve a spoon and spatula from greenwood
This course is fully catered
This course will run over 3 days starting at 9am on Friday and finishing around 4pm on Sunday
Course Cost £275
Location: This course is held at our Wiltshire site close Swindon.
20th – 22nd July 2016 – completed
2017 dates coming shortly, please visit back or email us to arrange a bespoke course for you.
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20th – 22nd July 2016
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.