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Episode 68 of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft Podcast is about the assessment system we use for our immersion programs. Christopher and I discuss the role of assessment on a long-term program, the crucial role of academic study to learn deeply, and a true story that drives home the need to learn the scientific names of plants.

PHOTO: Turtle on the Aroostook.

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Episode 67 of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft podcast starts with a rant against how outdoor living was broken into two options by a tv writer in 2009: tactical or hippie. Then we talk about the Jack Mountain approach which is neither of those options; the experiential anthropological approach. We talk about how experience shapes a person and why it is an absolute necessity. We also talk about how we learn from cultures who have lived off the land for many generations and why they are better to model our behavior after than the flavor of the week celebrity culture that has infected the outdoor community like a virus.

PHOTO: From March 2019, Cree snowshoes against a blue sky near Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec.

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Episode 66 of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft Podcast is about the challenges that come with the job of being a professional guide and outdoor instructor. While what we do can look idyllic from the outside, it’s not without difficulty. Christopher and I discuss 8 specific challenges that come with the job:

  1. You are never off duty.
  2. You are part of the group, but you have no peers.
  3. You have to make unpopular decisions for the good and safety of the group.
  4. You are a beast of burden.
  5. Time spent away from home and loved ones.
  6. The ever present danger of making your hobby into your job.
  7. You’re expected to know everything about everything, all the time.
  8. You are the social director for the groups you work with.

PHOTO: Christopher poling his EM White canoe on an Aroostook county river.

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Episode 65 of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft Podcast, recorded on Halfway Day on the spring, 2019 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester course. We catch up with the students and get some of their insights, discuss Christopher’s love affair with his new (to him) canoe, and talk about possibly differentiating the spring and fall semesters in 2020, with the spring semester being focused on training wilderness canoe and fishing guides and the fall semester focusing on bushcraft and primitive living skills.

PHOTO: Christopher in his new EM White canoe.

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Episode 64 of the Jack Mountain Bushcraft Podcast is about how all outdoor knowledge is local knowledge, and how the idea of a global expert is a myth. For the episode I was joined by old friend and frequent podcast guest Blake Towsley.

PHOTO: Allagash falls from the canoe, taken summer 2018.

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Is it still hunting (as opposed to shooting) if you use a drone to find game? Is it ethical? Is it legal? This is the topic of conversation in this mini episode, filmed on location, between Ed and Max, with Brian returning to the podcast to lend his thoughts as well. (We were in Brian’s workshop filming a video for the YouTube channel.)

You can check out UAV rules in New Hampshire pertaining to the use of drones being prohibited for hunting, fishing and trapping.

//CORRECTION!// IT IS LEGAL TO HUNT WITH WALKIE TALKIES HERE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. However, there used to be a law that said you couldn’t drive deer with anything electronic. With cell phones it’s impossible to enforce that law. This is a good example of how difficult it is to write laws that stand the test of time with technology coming up with products that find loopholes.

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For episode 63 of the JMB Podcast we gathered with the students on the current Wilderness Bushcraft Semester in the Guide Shack on a cool morning before heading down to the river. We check in with Jeremy and Anthony and get their perspective on the course, the realities of living outdoors, using hand tools, and how their experience is unfolding.

PHOTO: Anthony poling on the Aroostook river.


 
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Episode 62 is about how to know a place. Part of what we teach on our immersion programs is how to be at home in the forest. This includes both academic and experiential components, which we discuss. We also talk about the Masardis glacier and give an update about our articulation agreement with the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

PHOTO: Ben Spencer poling on the Sebeois river.

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Episode 61 is about standards-based professional training. We’re speaking to potential students and giving them an idea of what to expect. In a nutshell, it’s hard, there’s a lot of work, and you have to be mature to to deal with the adversity it produces in a positive way.

When things don’t go your way, it’s important to know that things worth working for are often difficult, and to realize that difficulty is part of the process. If it were all easy, what would be the point of spending time and energy on it?

For more on this topic, see the older post titled Mental Toughness Is The Key To Training.

PHOTO: Cooking and baking on an open fire at the field school.

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In episode 60 Christopher and I get caught up with current events, talk about carving canoe paddles and discuss the winter and how the snow is still hanging around.

PHOTO: Shot from a fire tower in the North Maine Woods.

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