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Jeff Hatch, Founder/Instructor

Ever since a young child, Jeff has had a close relationship with nature. His first introduction to wilderness skills was with the Boy Scouts. As he got older he studied primitive skills, wilderness survival and how First Nations lived their lives, he recreated everything he learned. The Sami people of Lapland Scandinavia live very close to the earth, from them he has learned the most. Of all First Nation people, his connection with Sami is the deepest. Jeff’s travels have taken him on many wilderness adventures around the world including Vancouver Island BC, Canadian Rockies and Alaska. Jeff founded Raven Wilderness School in 2015 and now focuses what he has learned into teaching other people how to not only survive but to thrive in the wild. 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.

Michael Zukin, Instructor

Michael's entire highschool education was spent learning and journaling in the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana where he started a life long love affair with the natural world and the simple pleasures it provides. After graduating, he spent a year living off the land in an earth shelter in northern Idaho. This obsession led him to obtain a degree in outdoor education. For the past 15 years, Michael has instructed others in the art of traditional wilderness living. As a private chef during the week , Michael is the designated camp chef at Raven Wilderness School. Although he's know to be an extreme minimalist with his gear, he tends to carry more ingredients than anybody should. With an encyclopedia of outdoor cooking methods and recipes in his head, you're guaranteed to learn to cook and eat from the best.

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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