emphasis of this two day workshop will be on how the core skills change
and adapt with this beautiful yet unforgiving season. Learn to pack
light, be warm, stay safe, and enjoy the outdoors in wintertime. Safe
use and importance of the ax during wintertime will be covered in depth
along with Shelter, Fire, First Aid, Navigation, Edged Tools, making
Frame Saws, etc.
Full meal provided on Saturday night. Please bring whatever food and camping items you'd like for your comfort during your stay. We also bring some new gear to workshops for sale, but if there is something specific you are interested in, please let us know so we are sure to bring it to the site.
Bushcraft Northwest also offers private workshops for individuals, groups, and government agencies. Cost varies depending on group size and whether the course will be held at our location in Goldendale, WA or if we are traveling to your location. Please contact us via email or feel free to call (360) 606-1036 to find out more information.
Edged Tools: This is a must for those who want to get the most out of their tools. Learn proper knife techniques which will increase safety and functionality of this most important tool. Hands on learning with lots of carving. Knife sharpening, saw, and ax techniques are also covered.
Fire: Being able to light a fire can mean the difference between life and death. This section of the course covers vital topics such as fuel types, finding and preparing tinder, friction fire lighting, using a fire steel, etc.
Cordage and Withes: Learn traditional techniques of making cordage out of easily found natural materials.
Knots: Having or making cordage is only the first part of the process. Being able to tie the proper knot for the task is the other.
Shelter: Debris huts, tarp setups, "Super Shelters", and others depending on season and location.
Navigation: How to use a compass and read natural signs (day and night) to get where you want to go. Orienteering compass required.
Bush Medicine / First Aid: A vital and often overlooked topic that should be familiar to all who venture into the backcountry.
Gear and Packs: From everyday carry items to full blown backpacks. Learn what we use and how we carry it.