"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees." Karle Wilson Baker

Bushcraft & Survival Courses

2018 Winter Bushcraft and Snowshoe Trip - Freeman River Watershed

Feb 25 -28, 2018,  $500 CDN (includes tax) approximately $390 USD

Bushcraft Skills, Snowshoe Travel, Toboggans, Traditional Winter Camping

Inspired by the Fur Traders and Trappers of Canada's Boreal Forest, and paired with wilderness living skills passed down by legendary survival instructor - Mors Kochanski

Description: Join our talented instructors for four days of bushcraft and winter camping skills as we travel with by Snowshoe and Toboggans up the Freeman River Watershed.  Combine modern ideals with traditional bushcraft skills to elevate your outdoor knowledge and experience to an exciting new level.  Experience Canada's winter wilderness the way it was meant to be experienced - on foot over snow and ice, using rivers and lakes to explore the vast and fantastic Boreal Forest (the way trappers and indigenous people travelled long ago). Minimum 4 participants - Maximum 8 participants.

Back to Back course option:  We have partnered with Randy, Lori, and Mors Kochanski (www.karamat.com)  to be able to offer students a great opportunity to combine two courses back to back and save on travel costs.  Our Winter Bushcraft and Snowshoe Trip is designed to run immediately after the Karamat 2018 Extended Winter Wilderness Living/Survival Course(February 18-24). 

Past graduates of the Karamat winter or summer course are encouraged to join us on the Snowshoe trip as we will be utilizing many of the skills learned at Karamat.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Gain experience travelling moderate distance on snowshoes, pulling gear, food, and canvas tents on toboggans in the safety of a skilled group. 
  • Become knowledgeable on loading and outfitting a Toboggan for winter travel and increase your awareness of river hazards and potential problems you may experience on cold weather trips.
  • Utilize bushcraft skills and equipment such as Roycraft pack frames, canvas tents, knifes, axes, saws, and rope work.  Experiment with various ways to pitch camp and move camp as we travel along the watershed.
  • Work together to help provide our group with firewood, shelter, food, and water.
  • Participate in plant walks, forest study, animal tracking, and woodcraft skills.

Course Schedule:

Day One:  We will meet up in the Town of Barrhead and immediately begin planning, organizing equipment and going over the trip.  From there, we will drive together to the Freeman River watershed and begin travelling into....

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Introduction to Survival Skills - Winter Session
March 10 - 11, 2018
Fort Assiniboine, AB (1.5 hrs Northwest of the West end of Edmonton)
$195 + GST (minimum 4 - max 8 participants)
Course Description: 
Whether you are venturing into the untamed wilderness for the first time or you are a seasoned outdoorsman, learning survival and bushcraft skills will help you to be more confident and prepared to pull from the landscape everything you need to endure a sudden and unexpected survival event.  This 2 day course will provide you with a solid foundation of proven survival skills in a comfortable setting, with highly trained instructors.
What to Expect:  
  • Hands on, experiential learning.
  • Instruction on the use of essential tools such as knives, axes, saws, and rope. 
  • Defining Survival, Bushcraft, and Outdoor Education. 
  • Locating great camps and building and staying overnight in wilderness shelters. 
  • An incredible array of fire lighting techniques and fire arrangements. 
  • Campfire cooking, survival kit items, and plant identification
  • The activities in this course can be quite rigorous, and require all participants to be in reasonably good physical shape. 
  • Expect cold temperatures, uneven terrain, and coping with many changing environmental conditions.  
  • We will be close to vehicles and all participants have the option to retreat to our heated group shelters at any time. 
  • Strong emphasis on safety at all times. 
  • Comfortable and casual teaching philosophy. Not a high-pressure survival experience
 What to Bring:
  • 1 supper and 1 breakfast is provided. 
  • Bring your own snacks and 2 lunches. 
  • Warm clothing, footwear, headgear, and gloves. 
  • Upon registration, you will be sent an equipment list indicating additional equipment items.
 

 

2018 Fall Bushcraft River Expedition Course - Hunting/Fishing/Paddling

Oct 2 – 7, 2017    $1050 CDN (includes tax) approximately $800 USD
Bushcraft Skills, River Paddling, Hunting, Fishing, Traditional Camping
Inspired by the Fur Traders and Voyageurs of Canada’s wild rivers, and paired with wilderness living skills passed down by legendary survival instructor - Mors Kochanski
Description:  Join our certified instructors for a week-long bushcraft and paddling skills course on the Athabasca River.  Combine essential river canoeing skills with traditional bushcraft skills to elevate your outdoor knowledge and experience to an exciting new level.  Experience Canada’s wilderness the way it was meant to be experienced – in a loaded canoe, hunting, fishing, and camping as we travel downriver learning and practising timeless woodsman skills.
 
Back to Back course option:  We have partnered with Randy, Lori, and Mors Kochanski (www.karamat.com)  to be able to offer students a great opportunity to combine two courses back to back and save on travel costs.  The Bushcraft River Expedition course is designed to run immediately after the Karamat 2017 Fall Wilderness Living Skills/Survival Course. 
Past graduates of the Karamat winter or summer course are encouraged to join us on the river expedition as we will be utilizing many of the skills learned at Karamat.
 
Learning Outcomes: 
• Paddle a traditional fur trade river while learning numerous paddling strokes and maneuvers that increase your river paddling competency and skill.  Become knowledgeable on loading and outfitting a canoe for river tripping and increase your awareness of river hazards and potential problems you may experience on paddling trips.
• Utilize bushcraft skills and equipment such as Roycraft pack frames, wool blankets, canvas and modern tarp shelters, knifes, axes, saws, and ropework.  Experiment with various ways to pitch camp along the riverbank and at our backwoods camp on Cartright Sny.
• Being that its hunting season, students will be able to be part of the harvesting of waterfowl, gamebirds, and some small animals. Fishing for pike, walleye, and whitefish will also be part of our activities and students with appropriate hunting and fishing licenses will be able to help provide food for the group. Non-residents will be able to assist in field dressing and preparing harvested animals and cooking meals over the fire.
Course Schedule:
Day One – We will meet up and immediately begin planning, organizing equipment and going over the week.  From there, we will move to local lake for the flat water component of the course. Here, we will ensure that all participants are up to speed on necessary paddling strokes and maneuvers that will be required on.....