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Green University® LLC Presents...
A Backcountry Adventure

Squirrel killed with a rock. Starting a bowdrill fire. Hoisting a backpack on a walkabout.

Living ON the Land
With Barnes in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana
July 2018

Group walkabout photo.

      Most folks, if not all, refer to some folks as "living off the land." These people possess skills such as self-sufficiency, homesteading knowledge, self-confidence in the wilderness, plus backpackers, preppers, and those with knowledge of "primitive" or old skills. Folks who live OFF the land are the ones who do live OFF the land. OFF the land means not being ON the land, or at least possessing little or zero knowledge of how to step five feet away from concrete and being part of the true natural world. Think of a light switch, when it's OFF does the light usually produce light?

      Self-sufficient folks with wilderness skills or homesteading knowledge are said to "live off the land." In actuality, these people live on the land, while people from concrete jungles live off the land, physically and often spiritually detached from nature. Think of it like a light switch. Flipping the switch on produces light. In this adventure, we will live on the land and flip the switch.

Using pine pitch to bind a primitive packframe.       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.

Mountain peaks.       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

Cup of wild huckleberries. 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.

Interested in more classes and events?
See our full class schedule!

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