Lessons From Applying The North American Winter Camping Style In the Scandinavian Boreal Forest was the snappy title of a presentation I gave on the main stage at the 2019 Global Bushcraft Symposium (GBS) in Alberta, Canada.
The main theme of the symposium was “skills in context”, and I wanted to make a presentation that tapped into this core messaging, as well as providing an example of some of the global exchange of ideas and techniques we are seeing across bushcraft specifically and wilderness skills more generally.
Also, I’d been asked to make a keynote presentation at the symposium (which you can watch here) and I wanted to make two quite different but complimentary presentations.
On one level this presentation is about my winter camping experiences in northern Sweden and what my buddies and I learned from these experiences; practical take-aways if you will.
There are also some lessons in meta learning. There is a model for learning new environment specific skills here, as well as demonstrating the value of building relevant experience in durable layers.
There is a message of honouring and learning from those who have gone before you, and crediting their help (another emergent theme of the GBS). Plus I touch on how you represent your experiences to the wider world (something I examine in more depth in my keynote) and consider when one should turn personal experience into teaching or guiding.
I have edited my slides into the presentation and they are clearer to see than if you were at the presentation. I should also thank Randy Breeuwsma of Karamat Wilderness Ways and Tyler White of TJack Survival for additional video footage of my time on stage.
Please enjoy this presentation, which also includes a Q&A session towards the end…
You can view my presentation slides here on SlideShare.
Links and References
Bruce Zawalsky – Boreal Wilderness InstituteAndré-François Bourbeau’s 2019 GBS KeynoteSnowtekker TentsBlack River SledsFaber Snow ShoesCountry Ways SnowshoesTegsnas SkisMadshus SkisFrontier Bushcraft Bloodvein River Trip