Fish supper on the Winter Bushcraft Challenge Winter Sun Lying next to the campfire in a woodland shelter Enjoying the Winter Bushcraft Challenge! Open front tripod lean to shelter Wild tea Winter Bushcraft Challenge Winter shelter Roasting rabbit over the campfire

Winter Bushcraft Challenge

A 48 hour winter exercise, this is where all that training is put to the test. The most important lessons in life are definitely learned the hard way and this challenge is designed to be tough!

For starters, you must already be capable of providing all of your basic needs - shelter, fire, water and food with relative ease, without guidance and with very little equipment making maximum use of the natural resources surrounding you. The two days and nights out in the field are designed to allow you the opportunity to continue improving your general situation and increase your level of comfort once the basics have been taken care of. Thus providing the perfect platform to test theories, have questions answered and see what you are really capable of in a cold weather, woodland survival scenario.

After a detailed safety brief on the evening of your arrival, your challenge will begin in earnest at first light the following morning. Winter daylight hours will ensure that speed is of the essence as well as an efficient use of time and energy through a well thought out game plan.

During the challenge you should expect to experience hunger, tiredness, thirst, excitement, cold, heightened awareness, total focus and concentration, increased adaptability, renewed self confidence in your abilities and immense satisfaction. Your progress will be monitored and observed throughout and although ultimately only you will truly be able to gauge your performance, feedback will be given where required. Whilst this exercise is designed as a test of your skills, instructors will be on hand to offer support and suggest strategies if required.

Kit for the Winter Bushcraft Challenge must consist of ONLY:

  • The clothes you stand up in. These must be natural fibres only – no Goretex outerwear or synthetic/down filled clothing (there is logic behind this – we’re not just being mean). We recommend a tightly woven cotton shell over several wool base layers.
  • One wool blanket.
  • One cloth bag for filtering water (supplied).
  • One metal cooking pot.
  • Non metal cup or mug.
  • Your bushcraft knife.
  • Your folding saw.
  • A Swedish Fire steel (spark stick, Ferro rod).
  • Some wild game and basic rations (provided).

You must also take a few small emergency items consisting of a personal first aid kit, mobile phone plus reliable method of re-charging and a head torch plus spare batteries.

Standard overnight winter camping kit is also required for the first night in camp plus a full change of clothing and wash kit (this back up gear will be kept safe at base camp for the duration of the challenge)

Who can attend?

This challenge is open to all-comers but there's no disguising the fact that the winter conditions will provide a worthy test of skills as well as a valuable and unforgettable experience for the committed bushcraft and wilderness living enthusiast. A good level of competence, knowledge, experience and equal measures of grit and determination are required to take part.

The Winter Survival & Bushcraft Course will provide all the necessary basic training needed however practice makes perfect and challenge attendees should endeavor to undertake their own additional continuation training prior to arrival.

Ultimately you must decide whether you have the practical skill needed to attend. It’s important to realise that while instructors will be in attendance, there will be no instruction given during this challenge. If you can’t cut the mustard or feel at anytime that you can’t complete the exercise, an instructor will take you back to camp to clean up and for you… the challenge will be over!

If you like the sound of this exciting and unique challenge but are unsure about the required level of previous experience please feel free to contact Joe for a chat at or call 0771 8078619.

Take a look at one previous challengers experience below:



Winter Bushcraft Challenge

Winter Bushcraft Challenge

3 days

27-Jan-2022 to 30-Jan-2022

Start 19.00

Finish 10.00


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