Scott Oeth From Bull Moose Patrol | JMB Podcast Episode 58

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Scott Oeth is the owner of Bull Moose Patrol, a Registered Maine Guide, a Jack Mountain Bushcraft School alumnus, a featured speaker at Canoecopia and the Outdoor Adventure Expo and a father of 3. Raised in Madison, Wisconsin and active in scouts, Scott lives with his family in the twin cities of Minnesota.

In episode 58 Scott and I talk about balancing an outdoor business with a full time job, decision making in outdoor leadership, and the regional differences between Maine and Minnesota with regard to geography and outdoor skills.

PHOTO: Scott (in back) and Sam Larson (in front) poling canoes in the Aroostook River during the 2012 Riverman course. An hour later it started raining and the water level rose several feet overnight.

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Blake Towsley On Winter Camping & Making Gear | JMB Podcast Episode 57

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Blake Towsley is an old friend, purveyor of uncouth fire side talk (his description), and the owner of Le Club De Raquette de SRF. In this episode we discuss winter camping, winter weather trends, his line of traditional snowshoe and canoe gear, freedom cabbage, and upcoming winter camping trips.

PHOTO: Blake and Tim in the Guide Shack at the field school.

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Jeff Hatch, Raven Wilderness School | JMB Podcast Episode 56

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Jeff Hatch is the owner of Raven Wilderness School in western Massachusetts, an ambassador for Fjallraven, has more instagram followers than we can count, and is an all-around great guy. Ed Butler and I sat down with Jeff on a breezy day to discuss his school, the role of social media in promoting small business, how he became a brand ambassador, and his upcoming events at Fjallraven stores in Vermont and New York City.

We also discuss Ed’s first fish through the ice of the winter, tell a few stories, and give advice for young people getting started in the outdoor industry.

PHOTO: Jeff Hatch, Tim Smith & Ed Butler (from left to right). Photo by Jessica.

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Being Prepared For Winter With Ed Butler, Working Class Woodsman | JMB Podcast Episode 55

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Ed Butler, the Working Class Woodsman, stopped by and we spent an hour and a quarter talking about winter preparedness, the changing face of the forest in northern New England due to economic pressure, what you should carry with you, the boiling point of propane and butane, and a bunch of other winter-focused things. I haven’t seen Ed much lately because he’s been so busy, and it was great to catch up. It’s always a pleasure to have him of the podcast, and it’s never boring.

PHOTO: Ice-covered pond at the field school. The discolored ice should be a safety warning, as should be the open water near the outlet.

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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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