Green University® LLC Presents...
A Backcountry Adventure
Living ON the Land
With Barnes in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana
Most folks, if not all, have heard the phrase "living off the land." Self-sufficient folks with wilderness skills, homesteading knowledge, or preppers are said to "live off the land." In actuality, these people try to live ON the land, because they often know where their food is grown, how to "put up food and fire wood" for the winter, and often live away from many distractions of the concrete jungle. Being physically and spiritually detached from nature is becoming more common in our society. Think of this concept as a light switch; when it's OFF is there light? In this adventure, we will try to live on the land, help and teach each another, and flip the ON the switch.
Living on the Land is a free wilderness living experience for past or present Green University immersion students and other individuals with a similar level of training. At Green University, students have the opportunity to learn how to make a bison robe, harvest wild fruits, shoot carp with a bow, learn plant identification, dress buckskin and make clothing, wet felt wool blankets, along with other awesome old and wild skills. Learn wilderness survival skills and create your own gear through the G.U. immersion program, then join Barnes for this three-week backcountry experience in Montana's Bitterroot Mountains.
The Living on the Land experience gives participants a motivational kick in the pants to prepare for and live the adventure. Develop self-confidence through self-reliance. Instead of a headlamp, learn to make a natural fat lamp. Instead of nylon ropes and a factory-made backpack, learn to make natural plant cordage to tie gear onto your own hand-crafted packframe. A few of the skills shared during this outing include:
- fat lamps
- cordage making
- friction fire and fire making
- shelter building
- wild food foraging
- food preparation
- possibly crafting rawhide containers and pack frames
- small buckskin projects
Scope and Intent
This Living on the Land adventure is not an exclusive program for people with Stone-Age gear. Green University encourages a broad spectrum of people to learn traditional skills in hopes of inspiring continued sharing. Therefore, this adventure allows a mix of old and new technologies.
Expect daily demonstrations and classes, plus alpine trout fishing (Montana fishing license required), communal meals in a central location, bear safety protocols, group/personal latrine, difficult terrain, and fluctuating group dynamics.
Barnes, Program Director at Green University, will lead the group 15+ miles into the Bitterroot backcountry to establish a base camp near an alpine lake. Anyone wishing to try a solo experience for the last few days of the adventure may do so.
To qualify for the Living on the Land experience, please register for the Green University immersion program to acquire essential wilderness skills, or send us a letter describing your equivalent background and qualifications and what skills you can contribute to the adventure.
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