Jeff Hatch, Owner/Instructor

Jeff had a close connection with nature since he was a young child, always out in the forest making forts and exploring. As he got older he studied primitive skills, wilderness survival and how Native Americans lived their lives, he recreate everything he learned. The Sami people of Lapland Scandinavia live very close to the earth, from them he has learned so much. Of all First Nation people, his connection with Sami is very close. Jeff’s travels have taken him on many wilderness adventures around the world including Vancouver Island, Canadian Rockies and Alaska. Jeff now focuses what he has learned into teaching other people how to not only survive but to thrive in the wild. He works closely with a few outdoor companies, including Fjallraven, Primus, UCO Gear, Adventure Sworn. He is also an avid backpacker, hiker, & canoeist.

Jim Rejniak, Instructor

Growing up in New England, Jim has spent a lot of his time outdoors, and over the years has grown into a strong connection with the natural world. Learning much from his family about traditional ways of living with the wilderness, antiques and tool restoration, he has found himself involved in the world of primitive skills. Throughout the past several years, he has developed a strong passion for traditional hiking, camping, and woodcraft, influenced heavily by Scandinavian craft. Always in search of knowledge and adventure, Jim enjoys sharing what he has learned in a hope to promote an appreciation for the wilderness in others.

Fjallraven is a Swedish company we work closely with.       See more of what they have to offer at fjallraven.us 
In the 1950’s, 14 year-old Åke Nordin from Örnsköldsvik in Northern Sweden spent more time outdoors than indoors. After many long treks in the mountains, Åke decided the backpacks at the time were unsatisfactory and took matters into his own hands by building a wooden frame. This evenly distributed weight across his back so the pack did not end up uneven, pear-shaped, and uncomfortable. It also meant he could carry more weight with ease. Åke’s innovation quickly caught on and in 1960 Fjällräven became the first to commercially make and distribute framed backpacks.
Fjällräven means Arctic Fox in Swedish, honoring the small and highly adaptable predator that lives in the Swedish mountains under the harshest conditions. From the small town of Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven has now expanded to every corner in the world. The fundamental ideas remain the same; provide functional, durable, and timeless equipment to make the outdoors more enjoyable for all. We continue to find smart, innovative solutions to make every adventure an unforgettable one.
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