Updated: Feb 22
This January we offered our first winter "survival" course in Northern Wisconsin. After the weekend was over everyone agreed that it was so much fun that it should be renamed Winter "Camp" instead.
What we don't understand we fear. Many people assume that being outside during winter is something to be afraid of. (We've all heard stories...) But have you been winter camping? The quiet, the stars, the solitude... the ability to bring and cook gourmet meals! Winter camping sounds like a hardship to many, but with the proper knowledge and a few more clothing items, it can really be a comfortable, bug-free, amazingly beautiful experience.
During Winter Camp participants first learn the basics of what keeps us warm, and what could make us dangerously cold; The physiology of our bodies in the cold.
Then we start from scratch and learn the foundational skills:
*How to make or find shelter and insulation
*How to make fire in cold temperatures
*Water and how to procure
*Food and ways of cooking in winter
We traveled by snowshoe to find materials for building a signal fire and then piled up snow to build snow caves and made a snow quarry and cut blocks that could be used to build snow walls and Igloos.
Participants had the option of sleeping inside our heated bunkhouse or outside in a shelter that they built themselves. Everyone slept outside on the last night!
We also ate some great food, made rope, tracked animals, and had a ton of fun! We're looking forward to next years Winter Camp and hope you'll join us! Stay tuned for 2021 dates...