Winter Expeditions In Alberta With Dragan Uzelac | JMB Podcast Episode 54

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Dragan Uzelac is the owner of Niko Wilderness Education in Beaver County, Alberta and a Jack Mountain alumnus. In this episode of the podcast we discuss guided winter expeditions that Dragan will be leading this winter. We talk about making the gear needed for winter trips, the importance of planning ahead, and why it’s amazing to be in places with no light pollution.  All four of his trips this winter are full, so if  you’re interested in experiencing the winter trail with him in Alberta, register early for 2020 expeditions.

PHOTO: Dragan Uzelac and Blake Towsley on the winter trail.

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Liquid Sessions Surf School In Costa Rica With JMB Alum Donovan Burgess | JMB Podcast Episode 53

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Donovan Burgess is a Jack Mountain Yearlong Immersion Program alumnus and the founder of Liquid Sessions Surf, a surfing school and full-service travel company in Pavones, Costa Rica. They offer a variety of learn to surf programs, including a month-long immersion into the skills and lifestyle of surfing that includes food, lodging and your own masseuse! I had a blast with Donovan when he was at Jack Mountain, and am stoked that he’s followed his passion and is passing along his knowledge and experience of life on the ocean riding waves.

In this episode we talk about what got him to this point, the advice he received from movie star Chris Pratt and his next big project; traveling the west coast from Canada to Mexico in a modified ice cream truck teaching surfing and filming the experience. 

PHOTO: Donovan blowing a tinder bundle into a flame at the field school.

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Updates, UMPI & Building On Land You Own | JMB Podcast Episode 52

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It’s been almost two months since we released a podcast. In this episode I discuss what we’ve been up to, tell some stories about the history of the folk school, and finish with talking about digital sharecropping, why we’re migrating all of our media to our own sites and why we recommend you do the same.

PHOTO: Dugout canoe at the libby museum that I first saw when I was 4 years old, in front of a photo of Rust Pond where it was found. The folk school is down the shore on the left.

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Teen Wilderness Living Semester | JMB Podcast Episode 51

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In episode 51 of the podcast Christopher and I recap the 2018 season with our youth program, the School Of The Forest, and talk about the Teen Wilderness Living Semester coming in 2019. As part of the discussion, we discuss the difference between wilderness living skills and actually living in the wilderness. It is something I’ve felt strongly about for a number of years; instructors should have spent a few months living in the forest before they teach about it.

PHOTO: Natural waterslide on a northern Maine river.

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Eating Well On The Trail And Listener Comments | JMB Podcast Episode 50

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In episode 50 of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft Podcast we discuss listener comments, the role of alcohol on the trail, and how important food and eating well is on expeditions.

PHOTO: Newly-carved paddles being used for the first time.

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Expedition Behavior & Leadership | JMB Podcast Episode 49

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Episode 49 of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft Podcast is all about expedition behavior and leadership. Expedition behavior is outdoor education-speak for working as a team. On a chilly Saturday morning in the Guide Shack Tim, Christopher and Colin were joined by Blake Towsley for a discussion on good and bad leadership and how leadership skills are learned.

PHOTO: Cold morning in the Guide Shack.

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Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail With David Callison | JMB Podcast Episode 48

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David Callison hiked the Appalachian Trail from north to south , finishing in March of 2018. He’s also a participant on our fall, 2018 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester. We discuss hiking the trail, why you should plant to hike from north to south to have a better experience, and learn about his most and least favorite sections. David gives a few key pieces of advice for those considering a long hike, and we also talk about his experience thus far on the semester.

PHOTO: Poling practice. David is the guy on the right.


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Women In Bushcraft | JMB Podcast Episode 47

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Episode 47 is about women and gender in bushcraft. Christopher and I were joined by Allison Figueroa and Regina Beach, both of whom are participants on the fall semester. They share their insight into the role that gender plays on women getting into the outdoor industry, gear, and the “pink tax” women often pay for gear marketed at them.

You can follow along with Regina’s adventures, including her bicycle trip from Boston to Masardis, on her blog and podcast at ReginaGBeach.com.

PHOTO: Christopher teaching in Moose Vegas.


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The Path To Becoming A Bushcraft Instructor | JMB Podcast Episode 46

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Episode 46 of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft Podcast is about the path to becoming a reputable instructor. We discuss the necessary steps, finding your voice as an instructor, overcoming imposter syndrome, and the role of being an assistant instructor or teaching assistant as part of a long-term development plan.

PHOTO: Poling practice on the river.


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Wilderness Bushcraft Semester Week 1 Review | JMB Podcast Episode 45

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On episode 45 Christopher and I are joined by Allison Figueroa, a student on the fall Wilderness Bushcraft Semester who is taking a semester off from her studies at Boston University to attend Jack Mountain. We discuss how she’s settling into the semester, how the experience of being here fits with her expectations, her take on the academic side of the program and how Jack Mountain fits into her long-term educational goals.

PHOTO: Jack Vegas sign in Moose Vegas.


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