Jeff Hatch, Owner/Instructor

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

Jim Rejniak, Instructor

Bio coming soon

Fjallraven is a Swedish company we work closely with.       See more of what they have to offer at 
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.

Primitive Fire - Hand Drill

I like the hand drill because of its simplicity, besides the tinder bundle you only need to two parts, fireboard and a spindle

Primitive Fire - Flint & Steel

Firecraft is one of the most important skills you can learn, with fire you cook your food, purify your water, and warm your body

Morning in the forest

Early morning is a great time to be in the forest, on this day i listen to animals as i collected tinder for my fire