Bushcraft Essentials

A course for adults to learn important life-saving wilderness skills, acquire confidence, eliminate wilderness fears, and to gain wilderness experience.

Bushcraft refers to the skills required for living in the backcountry. We focus on teaching you primitive shelters and fire, using tools, orienteering and using and creating your own gear. Mountain Shepherd’s approach to Bushcraft is centered around reducing your dependence on modern backpacking gear while increasing your ability to exist comfortably in a wilderness setting. While there is a distinct difference between survival and bushcraft, a solid foundation in these skills will enhance your ability for survival and help you to maintain a positive mental attitude if the situation was ever to arise.
The course focuses on the art and science of living in the wilderness. Our goals are twofold: exist comfortably in the backcoutry, and reduce our dependence on modern backpacking gear. The skills we teach in our Bushcraft courses are for thriving with minimal gear. These same skills, though, will empower students to feel prepared in survival situations.