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On June 19th, the 2023 Outdoor Adventure Summit will be hosting an impressive array of outdoors experts and streaming their classes online, completely free of charge! For five days (June 19th through June 23rd), from noon to 3pm EST, a guest speaker will walk you through fieldcraft skill, or discuss lessons they've learned from their years of experience. This is a great opportunity to learn from some of the best survival instructors in the world, especially if you live in the urban jungle or if attending in-person classes is challenging. Event host Brady Patterson has lined up 13 speakers, each covering a unique topic related to the outdoors, or the outdoors industry.
If you can't attend the online event each day, there are a few options that will help ensure that you don't miss a single moment. For $77 you can get access to all of the recordings after the event to rewatch, or view at your leisure. And for $97 (the VIP upgrade) you receive all of the recordings, and get added to group calls to ask presenters questions. This includes: Carleigh Fairchild — two-time Alone contestant; Brady Patterson — event host, survival instructor and business consultant; Bushcraft Global — jungle expedition leaders; and several more. The VIP upgrade also puts your name in the running to win a knife, and get a free year of online bushcraft training when the platform goes live this fall. Of course, watching the event without the access to the recordings afterwards is completely free of charge, but paying for the extra features is a great way to support the group, and help ensure the Summit continues into the future. Sign up for the event can be found here: outdooradventuresummit.com
In no particular order, here is a list of the Summit topic presenters:
Summit Topic: Trapping and the Ethics of Wildlife Management
Background: Ross has been actively utilizing and teaching survival, bushcraft and trapping skills in Alberta Canada for over 30 years. His clients range from university students to farmers, and he strives to give everyone a deeper understanding of the environment we are surrounded by, the creatures that we encounter within that environment, and how we can better coexist.
Summit Topic: The Mysteries of the Jam Knot
Background: Alex is a born and raised Canadian outdoorsman. He is a contributor to The Bushcraft Journal and has been the sponsorship coordinator for several Global Bushcraft Symposiums. Alex is an instructor at the renowned Karamat Wilderness Ways bushcraft school.
Summit Topic: The Secrets of Survival
Background: If you're a fan of History Channel's survival show Alone, then you know Carleigh. She is has competed on the show twice, once in Patagonia, and again in Mongolia. Carleigh also teaches earth skills in a unique way that helps her students reconnect with the land, and with their inner selves.
Summit Topic: The Magic of Canvas: A Conversation about Camping, Foraging, and Running a Family Business
Background: Heather is the co-founder of PNWBUSHCRAFT along with her husband Todd, and is a pioneer in modern waxed-canvas. She is an avid bushcrafter, and has been running a successful business making outdoor products to withstand the Pacific Northwest for many years.
Summit Topic: Lessons Learned from Starting 3 Companies and Running one of the Largest Bushcraft Events in the World
Background: Casey is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for the outdoors and bringing likeminded folks together. He has been successfully owning and operating Griffin Pocket Tool, and Bushcraft Coffee Co., in addtiont to hosting the popular campout/bushcraft events known as the Fall and Spring Gatherings on his ranch in Georgia.
Summit Topic: How I Learned about the Outdoors, or Confessions of a Gear Junkie
Background: This popular content creator is a self-proclaimed gear-do, knife nut and camping nerd. By sharing the journey of connecting with nature, The Whimpy Camper's audience gets a view of just how rewarding spending time in the wild can be.
Summit Topic: How to Make and Use a Grabate from Your Backyard to the Jungle and In Between
Background: Joe wears many hats. From designing blades for companies like Condor TK, TOPS, CJRB and Artisan, to leading world-class survival expeditions through the Amazon rainforest, and many things in between. Joe has an academic background in zoology and entomology, and is passionate about teaching and reconnecting with primitive skills.
Summit Topic: The Unintentional Influencer and How I Ended Up Recording All the Wisdom I Could Find
Background: Morris is the lead instructor at a survival skills school called Fuel the Fires. This school covers everything from botany and shelter building, to firearms training and first aid. With many years as a SAR operator under his belt, he brings a ton of real world survival experience to the table.
Summit Topic: How to Carve a Netting Needle
Background: Peter is a former U.S. Air Force veteran, which is where he trained with the military's top SERE instructors. Later he trained with the late Mors Kochanski, the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School, and the Boulder Outdoor Survival School. Most recently he picked up the role of Wilderness EMT for Bushcraft Global, and has led discussions as a subject matter expert at the 2022 Jungle Warfare Symposium.
Summit Topic: Living Off Grid, Surviving Alone, and Exploring Living History
Background: Melanie is a serious off-the-grid aficionado. She lives in a self-made homestead in the Adirondacks, runs a school that teaches how people lived in the 1700's, and was contestant on the History Channel's Alone. Melanie is a bushcraft skills instructor and has made it her life's work to pass these skills and knowledge on to others.
Summit Topic: A Lifetime Student Mentality & Simplifying Bushcraft
Background: In addition to being a survival and bushcraft skills instructor at the esteemed Karamat Wilderness Ways school, Kelly has a diverse background ranging from SAR and firefighting, to IT and mountain biking.
Summit Topic: How to Locate and Use Spruce Root for Lashing
Background: Frank is a wilderness guide and survival instructor at Earthworks Program. When he is not out in the bush instructing students in earth skills, he is teaching as a Professor at Smith College. Frank is a wilderness first responder and has consulted for camps, museums, conferences and schools.
Summit Topic: The Portable Interview: How One Adventurer Navigates the World with Essential Gear
Background: Dustin turned his passion for selfless service, and his love of the outdoors, into the entrepreneurial undertaking known as Wazoo Gear. He has a long list of skills and accomplishments, including serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, becoming a certified Divemaster, volunteering as a Texas Wildland Firefighter, and Wilderness First Responder, to name a few. Dustin knows what it takes for gear to withstand the rigors of the field, and as co-founder of Wazoo, ensures their products are up to the task.