Join your instructors at a ranch in the Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia for an intense one-week course on log cabin building. Here you’ll learn the fundamentals to build your own log cabin onsite, suited to any location of your choice. Your instructors will teach you how to build it, hand pick each log, and custom fit each log into your personally designed cabin. In just one week, you’ll learn how to select trees in the forest, horse log the trees to your site, cut the basic saddle notch, deal with challenging logs, choose from different roof options, install windows and doors and allow for settle up.
No previous construction or carpentry background is needed. Your instructor will teach all the periphery skills needed like power saw safety, maintains and sharpening, horse logging techniques, and axe use.
The overall objective of this program is to provide participants with a solid base of combined knowledge and practical skills to build their own log cabin. The one week program is intense, the days tend to be long
and the work is hard. The approach is very practical, hands on and so the progress is quick and rewarding.
This program is for those wanting to build their own log cabin in the wilderness and teaches the fundamentals with minimal equipment and materials. By using materials at hand, you’ll learn how to construct a durable four-season cabin, build a solid foundation, incorporate bear-proof walls and build a roof that can handle the snow load. The log cabin building program is comprehensive and designed to teach the skills and techniques necessary for building a horizontal log cabin or vertical log cabin or 12’ x 16’ A-frame cabin.
Prepare for the unexpected on this wilderness survival course from Vancouver, BC. This course covers essential skills for anyone traveling in the backcountry on day trips.
You will spend one evening learning about pre-trip planning, hazard recognition and avoidance, emergency kits, survival psychology and navigation skills. An overnight field session will allow you to truly experience a night out in the local mountains with minimum survival gear.
The first evening classroom session will run from 7 pm till approx. 10 pm. This session will thoroughly cover all aspects of wilderness Survival, emrgency kits, incident response and will also serve as preparation for the field session.
The field session will be a 2-day overnight trip into a forested wilderness area. On the first day you will meet with your group at the pre-arranged trailhead. The hike into the training site is usually short (about 2 hours). You will spend the day working on skills such as shelter building, fire construction, emergency repsonse and incident management. That evening you will spend the night in your newly constructed emergency shelter (tents will be available for back-up in case of poor weather conditions).
On day-2 you will head out for a day hike in the surrounding area to practice navigation skills, route finding and other emergency skills such as using signalling devices, etc.
You will return to the trailhead at around 3:00 pm. After a short wrap-up and question session, the course will finish at around 4:00 pm.
Learn how to survive off the land on this bushcraft and canoeing adventure. This bushcraft and canoe expedition will be on a remote chain of lakes deep in the Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia, accessed by floatplane. During this time guests will learn a range of bushcraft skills as well as wilderness travel and canoe techniques under expert instruction.
The expedition will begin with a journey by boat plane to a lake set high in the Coastal Mountains. The snow-capped, glaciated peaks and granite faces of the Coastal Mountains dominate the Pacific coast, some of the highest and least explored in North America. You will paddle the lakes for 6 days by open canoe with an experienced and qualified canoe coach.
Highlights include spectacular floatplane ride; remote and peaceful pristine wilderness; expert bushcraft workshops; learning the art of wilderness canoe travel; salmon spawning grounds; rainforest trails and spectacular waterfalls.
Learn how to build your own log home on this comprehensive construction program. This five day course in handcrafted log building is perfect for anyone looking for an introduction into how a full scribe log home is made. All of the basics of scribing and cutting notched logs will be covered. Your instructor has 30 years experience in log building and is happy to show you all the fundamentals required to build your own log home.
A well-built handcrafted log home is a true work of art. As each log is individually fitted to the log below, the natural beauty of the wood is displayed in a unique and exquisite manner. There is no bigger feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction than constructing your own home.
Learn basic survival techniques and bushcraft skills on this survival course in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This program is designed to be instructional, for those who are looking for concrete skills sessions. However, the skills can also be implemented into a team building day to make for a fun and informative day out.
The basic program may include the following skills: a variety of fire lighting techniques, fire design, shelter building (winter and summer), signalling and survival tools, constructing basic survival weapons, water purification methods, plant identification for food and medicine and animal awareness and safety. The instructors are able to develop new programs to suit clients, so if there is a specific requirement the client has, it is likely that they can accommodate.
These programs are valuable to anyone who works or plays outdoors or any person who is interested in learning about the traditional skills used by our forefathers. This course is ideal for those people who recreate, work or travel in remote areas of Alberta. The skills taught are suitable for any mode of travel that takes you into a remote area.
The course is perfect for any backcountry guides on short or long term trips who would like to know what to do when things go wrong and how to formulate a plan to deal with the situation they are faced with using equipment they have with them or improvising from the local bush.
For those with an Advanced Wilderness or Wilderness first aid certification, this course takes you a stage further in the matrix of decision making and planning for a long/short term emergency in the outdoors. For those who hold a Standard First Aid certificate, this course will give you some strategies to deal with any unplanned survival situation that one may encounter.