The Tree Dweller
two day woodland hammock wild camping and bushcraft experience
A two day, one night bushcraft course and hammock wild camping experience in our private woodland in the Lake District National Park. Disconnect from the trappings of the modern world and immerse yourself into wilderness tranquility.
Hammocks really come into their own when we venture into a jungle environment. Even in British woodland, when the ground is not level, full of debris and saturated it brings a sense of being truly flexible in our choice of campsite, offering a unique option for a comfortable night’s sleep. Join us to learn more about sustainable wilderness living skills and the ethics of ‘leave no trace’ while enjoying the great outdoors.
Issue of hammocks and tarps, head into the wild and lose ourselves in the trees.
While moving we will touch upon various learning opportunities including tree and plant ID, tracking, gathering of tinders for fire lighting, wildlife observation and more. Our instructors will never miss an opportunity to share their knowledge with you or point out things of interest.
Upon reaching our camp location we will discuss the key points of selecting a suitable campsite including:
- Dead fall
- Assessing the ground
- Wind direction and precipitation
We will then move onto the correct method of creating our shelter while in foul weather. Correct deployment of our equipment is key and will prove very useful in typical Lakeland weather. Once set up we can enjoy our hammocks and take the weight of our feet.
We will have the opportunity to learn the finer details of the key bushcraft skill of fire lighting in this environment. Tools such as the folding saw and bushcraft knife will be utilised to create feather sticks and process tinders to be ignited by sparks. We will also, if time allows, venture into more advanced fire lighting skills such as tinder bundles and char materials. You will have ample opportunity to practice these skills under expert guidance.
Brew time! Fire must mean tea and biscuits right?
Time spent in nature is seldom wasted. Enjoy your camp and build your connection with it.
Throughout the experience the below wilderness living points will be covered:
- Knot masterclass, making pegs and poles.
- Water sourcing and purification (you will source all your water from nature)
- Toilets (a sensitive subject but a necessary one)
We will use our free time in the afternoon to have a forage for a few wild edibles to supplement our evening meal. These walks usually take many turns both geographically and educationally!
We will then build our fire for cooking. You can eat very well in the woods if you know how! As always, there are valuable learning points to be covered, including:
- Material selection of wood for boiling , baking and smoking
- Fire management
- Containers and suspending pots and pans
In the evening after dinner we can either experience a wildlife walk or enjoy our fire and an early night, swinging in our hammocks.
Morning, it’s fire lighting time again! After a substantial camp fire breakfast our focus will be on health and hygiene. Ethically using wild water sources and keeping both camp and body clean is key in successfully living in a wilderness environment.
Breaking camp and staying organised and dry while in inclement weather is not as simple as it may sound. We will teach you how.
A tent is just a tent, a tarp is many things. We will explore the versatility of this essential piece of equipment.
Camp craft is at the heart of bushcraft. We will learn more advanced knife and saw techniques while making items such as pot hangers, spoons, mallets and wedges.
During the final stages of the day we can revisit any of the skills learned over the course of our two days together, enjoy our camp or learn more about trees, plants, fungi and more. The woods hold many questions, we will as always aim to answer them for you.
Arriving back at our cars we can hand back our new favourite shelters and leave with many tales to tell!
Green Man Survival will provide you with your hammock and tarp along with a metal container for cooking and boiling water.
Dinner is provided on Day 1, and on Day 2 breakfast and lunch is provided. (You will need to bring your own packed lunch for Day 1).
Tea, coffee and hot chocolate will be available throughout the experience.
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. A minimum of two adults are required for each booking.
This two day experience runs from 09:00 on Day 1 to approx 17:00 on Day 2.
This course is run from our fixed camp deep in the forest on the shores of Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District.
Please see the multi day kit list page for necessary equipment.