Women's Outdoor Skills Workshop - June 2, 2018 - Long Pond, PA

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  1. Sandcut

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    Ladies, is your ability to navigate limited to using the GPS on your smart phone? Are you only able to figure out the distance that you’ve walked by looking at your Fitbit? Does lighting a campfire normally involve large amounts of gasoline? If so, come join Sandcut Outdoors for a day of outdoor immersion (full of fun and fresh air). Forget about parties selling brightly colored clothing and bags and forget about eating bugs in survival courses, this hands on workshop will teach you those skills necessary to know how to make hiking and camping more enjoyable and productive. No prior experience is required. All that is needed is a sense of adventure. Women wanting to improve their knowledge and comfort in the outdoors are encouraged to attend this event.

    Class activities will include learning to navigate using map, compass, and terrain association, as well as learning how and when to use the most useful outdoor knots. Master basic outdoor knife skills as you carve your own cooking utensils, which you will use later in the day to cook your own dinner over an open fire (which you will also learn how to make).

    This one day workshop will be held at The Nature Conservancy’s Hauser Nature Center, located at 1567 Long Pond Rd., Long Pond, PA and will run from 8 am to 6 pm on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The fee for the workshop is $65/person. Or, register with a friend and save $5/person. Each student will receive an outdoor knife of their own as a keepsake for their future adventures. Table fare for dinner will also be provided for both herbivores and carnivores alike.

    Students must be at least 13 years old and must be able to hike one to two miles on rough, uneven terrain. The workshop will be filled on a first come, first served basis, and class size is limited to 20 students. Registration is required and must be received not later than May 20, 2018 to reserve a seat. Email SandcutOutdoorsLLC@gmail.com to register for this course.
     
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    Bumping this to the top for Sunday morning coffee drinkers.

    I walked the area that we'll use for land navigation this past Thursday to see how the winter treated it. A few downed trees but some really neat stuff to see along the way.
     
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    @ChocolateSpatula? this is the workshop that I referred to the other day in case you hadn't seen it.
     
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    Registration closes one week from today.
     
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    Two cancellations yesterday means two seats are now open for anyone who'd like to jump in at the last minute.

    Let me know ASAP if you'd like to join us!
     
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    Ya know, every once in a while I actually get the feeling that I might not be so dumb after all. Yesterday was one of those days. I originally started planning this workshop about 7 years ago after attending a "camping tip" with my daughters' Girl Scout troop and noticing that most of the moms that were helping out had never had the opportunity to learn some of the most very basic outdoor techniques. So I got the idea to offer a course that broke down the topics to the most basic elements of each topic. But still, in the back of my mind I was thinking to myself, "You're making this too basic. Your paying customers are going to be mad." Doubt plagues us all with the unknown. But I held course to see where we landed. And I can proudly say that my initial instincts were right on! The women that attended were at the very most at the novice level with all of the skills covered. Some had never held a compass before if it wasn't an app on their phone. Exactly the folks that the class was intended to reach. And our students ranged in age from about early 20s to 76 years old.

    We ran this course yesterday and, despite a thankfully inaccurate weather forecast, it was a truly amazing day. In fact, the most common complaint was that it needed to be twice as long in order to get in all of the skills that we were trying to learn. I think the part of the day that surprised me the most was just how hungry for navigation training the students were. Every last woman said that they had bad/lacking navigation skills and, although the other skills were interesting, learning to use map and compass skills was their primary reason for taking the class. As such, that skill session went over twice as long as was originally planned. I also subsequently didn't get very many photos from that session, due to being so involved with the students.

    Anyway, here's some photos to commemorate the class.

    Learning basic knife skills by carving Spikketrolls.

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    Plotting a course during the navigation session.

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    Learning to hang a bear bag PCT style.

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    I would have enjoyed this and it the navigation skills session would have been really useful for me.. I was too busy selling myself and hubby on video to a prospective birthmother (adoption). oh.. and I just noticed you @Sandcut we hosting.. would have loved that!! Looks like a success!

    Let me know if you do this again.
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    I thought this class looked like a great idea and well-described to draw your audience when I first read about it--very glad to hear all your preparation paid off!
     
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