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Salmon Outdoor School

Ask yourself this: What happens if you’re out on a (hike/ camping trip/ stroll on the trail—you pick one), and suddenly you’re (caught in an unexpected snow storm/ take an unintended dip in the local river/ discover that you’ve lost you matches or your knife, realize that you really need the coat that you left in the car—pick another one). Suddenly, you’re in a wilderness situation without modern gear as a backup. What do you do?

What would your primitive ancestors have done?

Salmon Outdoor School is a center for learning primitive “survival” skills in a great outdoor classroom. The Basic Course covers the Big Three of survival, Fire, Shelter, and Water—along with other skills needed for any trip into the wild. Stone Age Skills is devoted to learning the skills of our ancestors: basic stone working, bone working, plant fiber cordage, edible and medicinal plants and herbs, coal burned vessels, traps and snares, making a possibles bag, and much more. The Adventure Trek combines them both in a trip into the wild and beautiful Lemhi Mountains of Idaho. Other courses such as Winter Camp, Braintan Buckskin, and Atlatl and Dart are also available.

All classes are conducted in a non-stress setting, and can be tailored to your individual requirements. Students have ranged in ages from 18 to 60. All classes include two simple meals per day and outdoor lodging.

Joe Bigley (AKA Aboman) has more than 20 years experience teaching primitive outdoor skills, and is the author of Aboman’s Guide to Survival and Self Reliance, and Aboman’s Guide to Wilderness Schools and Primitive Events. For more information call him directly at 208-756-8240.

Aboman is a licensed outfitter and guide and a state certified/nationally registered EMT. He has been teaching primitive wilderness skills for more than 20 years and is a regular instructor at the Rabbitstick Rendezvous. Aboman has written two books on wilderness schools and survival and is a staff editor of Backwoodsman Magazine.  His broad knowledge of the outdoors and the Idaho back country has made him a much sought after instructor.  Aboman’s emphasis is on primitive skills using natural materials such as flint working, making cordage, foraging for wild edibles and many other ancient skills that are as viable today as they were 10,000 years ago – a definite advantage in anyone’s repertoire of wilderness skills.

January 7, 2010Karen Hood