Building a Shelter in the Woods and Sleeping in it: My Wilderness Survival Course with Canada West Mountain School

My first experience building a shelter out in the woods was really interesting.  Building a shelter really changed the way I felt in that environment.  At first, when I set out to find a location for my shelter, I looked around me at the thick brush and trees all around.  It all felt somewhat closed …

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Preparing for my Overnight Wilderness Survival Course

I am super excited for this course I’ve signed up for from Canada West Mountain School.  It’s an overnight survival course, covering navigation skills, fire construction, shelter-building, and emergency response.  It'll be taking place in 2 weeks and the overnight part of the course will be on a property in Squamish, where we build tarp …

How did I get so interested in camping / survival / bushcraft?

The first exposure I ever had to ‘survival’ was probably reading Swiss Family Robinson as a child.  That story sounded SO cool.  Loved the idea of hollowing out a cave and living in it.  And just realizing you are surrounded by riches in the wilderness – resources for food and shelter…Actually, the book makes it …