Winter Bushcraft Weekend Course

Course Info
· 2020 Dates: 3/7-3/8
· Max. Size: 4
· Tuition: $250

Lodge-Based In New Hampshire. Fundamental Bushcraft Skills. Meant To Be Comfortable, Educational And Fun.

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Spend a weekend learning traditional northern forest skills while staying on-site in our modern, comfortable lodge.

The course content is drawn from our semester program. Topics include axemanship, safe and powerful knife use, fire skills, outdoor cooking, plant identification and uses, making simple and useful crafts, essential knots and more.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Travel: Learn 2 traditional snowshoe bindings, the differences between toboggans and runnered sleds
  • Tools: Learn the Jack Mountain axe curriculum for the 4 majors (felling, limbing, sectioning, splitting), Safe and powerful use of the knife, use of the saw, use of the ice chisel.
  • Fire: 1 match fires, ice and wet weather fire protocol, fire by friction.
  • Cooking: Pot suspension systems, campfire coffee, reflector oven bannock, dutch oven dinner.
  • Clothing & Shelter: Science behind what to wear, how to protect yourself from the elements.
  • Physiology: Adapting to the winter environment.

Group size is limited to 4 people. Included with the course is 2 nights of lodging (Friday and Saturday) in our lodge, the Rust Pond Retreat. Food is not included, but the lodge is outfitted with a full modern kitchen. Tuition is $250. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair of ours.


Arrival and Departure:   Plan to arrive Friday evening, between 6 and 9. The course is over on Sunday at 2 PM.

Tobacco:   Smoking is not permitted in or near any buildings. All cigarette butts are to be placed into the metal can provided.

Vehicles and Parking:  We’re located 1.2 miles down a dirt road. Depending on your vehicle you may need to park at the top of the hill, a 75 yard walk.

We reserve the right to include or omit any of the course topics listed due to class interest, availability of materials, inclement weather, or other factor that makes them impractical or unsafe.

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