Around the northern hemisphere is a vast forest – the Taiga. An almost continual belt from North America to Eurasia, this vast forest is the single largest community of trees and associated animals – or 'biome' - on the planet. Comprising a mix of pine, spruce and birch and populated by lynx, wolf, bear, wolverine and reindeer, it is an awe inspiring wilderness and a truly magical place to learn the art of Arctic Bushcraft.
During your stay, you will have the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of winter travel from Ray, allowing you to experience this environment in the deepest way. Erecting and sleeping in a variety of shelters designed to be used in a range of situations, from emergencies to expeditions, you will learn to live in a place that initially seems foreboding. Temperatures can drop as low as -40°C and sometimes lower, yet for those who hold the skills and knowledge, this is an environment to embrace. Learning these skills from one of the true masters of the north and with good food, great company and the comfort of knowing that there is safety and hospitality at the heart of the camp, you can push your boundaries and experience this magical environment in all its awe inspiring beauty.
We will travel through forest and over plane, crossing rivers and lakes on snow shoes and snow mobiles, learning how to move through deep snow and what to do when we encounter difficulties. We will fish through the ice, make bread on our stoves and in turn learn to call this vast forest 'home'; just as its native inhabitants have done for generations.
Of course, as in true Woodlore style there will be surprises, ensuring that you leave this wonderland with memories to treasure forever, and with the confidence to return to this beautiful environment in your own time.
All meals will be provided on this trip along with specialist equipment such as snow shoes, skis and snow mobiles. An extensive kit list and full joining instruction paperwork will be sent to you in time for you to make your travel arrangements and preparations for the trip.