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A simply wonderful experience which I am still basking in the afterglow of over a month after having returned home. Thank you team Woodlore for the amazing time I had and the knowledge I took away. I saved up for a few years before deciding to commit myself to attending this course and I am pleased to say it was worth every single penny. I was somewhat concerned in the run up to the start of the course about my lack of bush crafting prowess and winter skills but this proved unfounded as I never felt in over my head. I learnt a hell of a lot in the 10 days and feel I will be able to use this as a strong starting point to develop more for the future and get out and explore more in a safe and efficient manner. I realised quickly that you really don’t want to be making avoidable mistakes when it is very cold as things could spiral out of hand quickly, but the course started with how to spot signs of frostbite and other potential cold hazards so luckily no mishaps! The course structure and the whole team of instructors were able to impart such a wealth of knowledge in an easily digestible fashion with an excellent pedagogical approach. Engaging and captivating each and every one. I enjoyed watching demonstrations of techniques used and tips and tricks to allow one to safely navigate and thrive in a northern environment as well as being able to ask questions and request clarification. It was a great learning environment and one I benefited from immensely. The fun really began when we participants were let off the leash to put into practice what we had been taught. Demonstrate, do, reflect would be how I would describe it. It is all well and good to read about how one should do something but to have it demonstrated and then actually do it yourself allows for that knowledge to sink in that much more permanently. The things I enjoyed doing the most were learning to travel on cross country / back country skis and constructing snow shelters / quinzees. I enjoyed the team work and effort involved and feel extremely grateful to have been surrounded by a really fantastic bunch of individuals. I am so very grateful that I bought the recommended Nokian Naali winter wellies because they allowed a very good fit to the Finnish military ski bindings as well as keeping my feet toasty when the mercury dropped. This really allowed me to embrace the joy of travelling on skis even if I did end up on my derriere more times than I can count. The base for the course was delightful and the food provided exactly what I needed so that I never felt hungry nor depleted. Breakfasts were something which I looked forward to most. In hindsight I wish I had read Ray Mears and Lars Fält‘s book Out on the land BEFORE arriving in Finland because there were many many things which I could have practiced in the comfort of my house (knots!) rather than trying to learn first time and tie with gloves on at minus 20 degrees centigrade.