Introduction to Canoe Expedition Skills

Canoe, bushcraft and woodland camping with River Mountain Experience & Wild Country Walkabouts

Are you wanting to go on a multiday journey, following that 'path of the paddle' or just looking at learning something new with an adventurous twist? This long weekend combines canoe training with bushcraft skills set in the stunning Lake District on Lake Coniston.

We will be based at Dodgson Wood campsite, which is set within secluded ancient woodland close to the shore of Coniston Water. Rented exclusively, we will be able to enjoy the peace and tranquility this beautiful place has to offer the group.

The campsite has been formed in a natural clearing on the fringe of the nationally important Dodgson Wood SSSI, therefore it is being managed with conservation and minimal impact in mind. Composting toilets are on site and there are cold water taps. A mess tent is provided for you to cook, eat or socialise undercover.

http://dodgsonwood.co.uk/campsite/

The course is being delivered in conjunction with Andrew Middleton of Wild Country Walkabouts, an experienced bushcraft instructor and holder of the NCFE Level 3 Award in Advanced Bushcraft, the highest award you can acheive in bushcraft teaching. https://www.wildcountrywalkabouts.co.uk/

Course Outline

We will meet early afternoon on the first day by the side of Coniston water and transfer your equipment* to canoes, then paddle over to the campsite and set up. Evening meal and course introduction, split into teams for the weekend and social games.

*Cars will be moved from the meeting point at some point in the afternoon/evening.

For the next two days, the teams will spend one day on bushcraft and one day on canoe skills. Evening time will be a review session and social activities.

Day 3 morning, team challenges based on your new found skills and vacate the site at 11am.

Bushcraft essentials

·         Wild water – Filtering and purification

·         Natural resources – Identification, harvesting, using and conservation

·         Shelter – Tarps & ponchos, useful techniques and associated knots

·         Fire (1) – Lots of ways to light a fire without matches

·         Fire (2) – Fire safety, site protection and restoration

·         Fire (3) – Initiating and maintaining a successful fire & camp cooking

·         Cutting tools – Tools and the Law, tool choice, safe use, maintenance and security

·         Bushcraft problem solving – Adaptability and seeing things in a different way

·         Bushcraft miscellany – Other useful stuff!

Canoe skills

·        Clothing & equipment

·        Packing a canoe

·        Solo canoe strokes

·        Navigation

·        Sailing

·        Half day trip

·        Rescues

*If the weather is too bad for canoe activities, we will change to a navigation day.

Date & Costs

May Bank holiday weekend 4th - 7th May 2018. Cost per person £300.

We will provide all canoe equipment plus tarps, shelters, knives etc. for bushcraft training. Please bring your own tent and sleeping equipment, suitable clothing for the activities, cooking and eating equipment. You will be required to provide all you own food except for the last evening, when we will provide items to cook on an open fire.

 


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