How to be a Woodsman

How to be a Woodsman

A few weekends ago, we went on a completely different sort of camping trip.  We drove a few hours north to attend a weekend course at the Woodsman School in New Hampshire. 

Instructor Derek Faria is a a Registered Maine Guide trained in wilderness First Aid and CPR and he was eminently patient with us “city folk.” We learned knot-tying, fire starting, how to prioritize our survival if caught in the woods, how to use just a few items to build a shelter, and how to chop down a tree. 

The guys spent the night in the shelter they had built with a fire and the women and children in the tent. With temperatures dropping to 39 degrees and a wind storm, it was not an easy night but we awoke with a sense of accomplishment.

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And how beautiful are these woods! Having grown up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I was often taken back to my childhood, spending days in the woods with my parents, cutting wood for our winter supply.

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The hospitality and generosity of the Faria family was truly beautiful and we look forward to seeing them again soon!

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