Bushcraft UK Winter Skills Course 30th January – 3rd February
The Bushcraft UK, Winter Skill course is a low cost high quality opportunity for members of the Bushcraft UK community to experience top of the range instruction in fantastic rural Dorset at an affordable price, concentrating on the Key Bushcraft and Wild camping skills of the temperate forest in Winter.
The Bushcraft UK Winter skills course is designed for those hardier soles that want to practice the skills year round. During the course you will learn to deal with all that nature can throw at you during the cold winter months, hopefully including snow! Your instructors will lead you through most of the normal subjects covered on the BCUK foundation course but also deal with specific subjects that are pertinent to winter wilderness living. On this five day course you will receive lectures and obtain first hand practical experience of every thing involved to enjoy a trip under canvas or similar in the winter wilds. At the end of the course, you will have the confidence to go into the wild and camp and live comfortably in any season.
During the course, students will be expected to participate in routine tasks around the camp such as firewood and water collection and general camp duties.
Course subjects will cover:
A introduction to Wild camping in the winter
Dealing with the cold (equipment and skills)
The safe use, care and maintenance of cutting tools
Contemporary shelters and tarps for winter camping
Canvas tents, Lavvu's and wood burning stoves.
Primitive and contemporary fire making techniques
Camp cookery and the use of different stoves and fuels
Water, its procurement, preparation and storage in the winter
Water and Ice safety
Primitive and contemporary fishing methods
Camp hygiene and sanitation
Plant and tree identification in the winter.
Introduction to tracking and nature awareness in the winter environment
Rucksack. (Large enough to carry all your kit and 2 days food)
Small tent or Tarp and ground sheet – No Hammocks.
A minimum of 2 sets of suitable outdoor clothing. (appropriate to season).
Walking boots or Wellingtons (You will be expected to walk a couple of miles on some days)
Hat and gloves.
Waterproof outer wear. (Jacket and trousers preferable)
Sleeping bag (appropriate for the season) Gortex or similar bivvi bag will be provided for those that don’t have them
Insulating sleeping mat (closed cell or Thermarest type is ideal).
Knife fork and spoon, small unbreakable bowl/plate, Mug.
Water container (Bottle or bag) approx 1.0 litre. (The facility to top up is available on site so there is no need to bring big jerry cans.)
Torch (preferably a head torch) + spare batteries.
Wash kit and toiletries + towel.
10 m strong nylon cord. (3mm/550 para cord)
Notebook and pencil.
Fixed blade knife. (These can be borrowed if you do not own one)
Personal cooking/catering equipment and stove
(There is the facility to cook over the open fire and a communal area with grill is provided for those that prefer to do so)
Course provider: Bushcraft Expeditions
Minimum numbers: 12
Maximum numbers: 16
Minimum age: 18 (16 if accompanied by an adult) Date of Course – 30th January 2012 – 3rd February 2012 Course go/no go date: 30th November 2011
(Full joining instructions will be issued)
RV time 09:00hr on the 30th January @ Beaminster, Dorset
Course disperses: 15:00hr on the 3rd February
Accommodation: Attendees provide their own tents, sleeping bags etc.
Students will be lent Tarps, Bivvi bags and Billy cans, and a knife if required.
Note: With the exception of the Knife, the above will be issued mid week for the appropriate lessons. Students still need to bring their own tents and cooking facilities for the remainder as per the kit list.
Catering: Self Catering Course Cost and payment details:
Cost: £245.00 (Fully inclusive of VAT)
A Non refundable deposit of £50.00 is required on booking – This deposit will however be refunded in full if the course does not go ahead
Final payments: Payable immediately from the 30th November 2011 if course takes place and by no later than 30th December 2011. Any one failing to pay their final payment by the 30th December 2011 will lose their deposit and forfeit their place to a reserve. It is the individual's responsibility to make note of the above and make prompt payment. Neither Bushcraft UK or Bushcraft Expeditions will be responsible for chasing up and reminding individuals about payments.
All bookings and payments should be made directly to Bushcraft Expeditions by the following means:
To pay by credit/debit card:
Contact Becky in the Bushcraft Expeditions office on 01432 356700. You will need to provide your full name, address, bank/card and contact (email and phone) details and BCUK user name.
To pay by Paypal:
Contact Becky in the Bushcraft Expeditions office on 01432 356700 or on the email address below. You will need to provide your full name, address, contact (email and phone) details, and BCUK user name. Do not make any payment until you have confirmed your booking with Bushcraft Expeditions office.
To pay by bank transfer:
If paying directly into the bank by bank transfer etc please phone the number above for the account details. You will need to provide your full name, address, bank/card and contact (email and phone) details and BCUK user name.
All payments are by secure means.
On receipt of your booking and clearance of your deposit, all paper work will be sent via email, unless otherwise requested differently
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT NO STUDENTS BOOK TRAVEL TICKETS OR PURCHASE COURSE EQUIPMENT OR FOOD UNTIL THE EXPEDITION HAS BEEN CONFIRMED TO BE TAKING PLACE. NIETHER BUSHCRAFT UK OR BUSHCRAFT EXPEDITIONS WILL BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY EXPENSE AS A RESULT OF STUDENTS NOT COMPLYING WITH THE ABOVE STATEMENT.
i would love to try the arctic course, and cant wait till ive got the spare cash and the missus and little lad give me the go ahead on being away for that long. will be keeping an eye on the forum to see how you guys get on over there and what advice you can give those of us who plan on doing it in the future.