firemaking learning how to use a ferro rod

The Thriver

a full day learning the key skills of bushcraft and survival

Spend a full day on this bushcraft course with Green Man Survival, learning the key skills of survival in a wilderness setting. The fundamentals of bushcraft will be covered over the course of the day’s training, including the following:

Correct clothing and the importance of carrying a simple shelter kit will be discussed – something to sleep under, in and on. Camp location and assessing risk shall be touched upon as well as the issues surrounding losing body heat through convection, conduction and radiation.
After a brief demonstration you will erect your tarp shelter using the correct knots to aid in its deconstruction.
Building a debris shelter is a key skill in survival. As a group we will build a “thermal A frame” shelter to house one person. With time and commitment, people have lived in comfort for many weeks in such accommodation. Raised beds and the effects of conduction will be identified and if time allows utilised.

Fire is the key that unlocks the door to survival. Various methods to create initial flame shall be covered along with ember management and tinder bundles. We will take a short walk to gather further dry materials to aid in our success of creating fire; even in the pouring rain it is possible so the weather will never stop you again. With a comprehensive demonstration of the skills needed to create fire from a spark you will be tasked to use your new skill set to light your own fires.

Collecting water and making it safe to drink is of paramount importance. You will be taught the skills to find a suitable source, assess its condition, collect it, filter it and boil it to make it safe for consumption. The five contaminates will be identified and also the methods surrounding chemical and mechanical filtration discussed.

Foraging and plant identification is at the heart of bushcraft. Plant and tree identification will be a constant throughout the day. We will also touch upon fishing kits, traps and snares.

Using nature as a resource is at the core of the subject of bushcraft. We will learn how to identify direction from the Sun, the stars and from the composition of the woods. We will also have a brief map study utilising the skills of modern navigation to prevent becoming lost and travelling with a plan in regards to our resources.

Audio and visual signals could be the difference between rescue and another night in the woods. Various methods will be demonstrated and practised.

A comprehensive subject that we will briefly touch upon. We will have a look at what we are carrying in our personal first aid kits and why.

This experience is offered on a private booking basis for you and your group, giving you flexibility to choose the date that works best for you.
The minimum requirement is two adult tickets when booking this private activity.

This full day experience runs from 09:00 – approx 16:00.

location/meeting point

This bushcraft course is run from our fixed camp deep in the forest on the shores of Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District.

Full directions will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Google Pin: 54°17’02.3″N 2°56’48.9″W 
What3words: broth.protected.twitching
Postcode: LA12 8NP (closest available) 


Tea, coffee, hot chocolate will be available throughout the day.

Please see the single day kit list page for necessary equipment.


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