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Spring is here! Check out this fun bushcraft: For training of outdoor education staff and individuals looking for survival and wilderness skills, feel free to get in touch. Share on Facebook

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Well said Ray! Bushcraft Video in N. Ontario

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Explore the World of Animal Tracks–this Wednesday! Soundscapes A Walk Through Time Chad and Fulton’s Pancake House staff are busy placing the finishing touches on the Heritage Maple Path (at Fulton’s pancake house and sugarbush). Aboriginal and primitive methods of sap to syrup such as heated stones in hollowed logs and pioneer outdoor cauldrons, a […]

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Night of "exploring the world of animal tracks".  Feb. 18th in Almonte

Night of “exploring the world of animal tracks”. Feb. 18th in Almonte

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Lars Andersen: a new level of archery

Lars Andersen: a new level of archery

Something to consider for archers! The old way of handling arrows. Will certainly be mentioning this to future bow making students. Book referenced in video is “Arab Archery, an Arabic Manuscript of about A.D. 1500… .” I believe Ishi also used a similar arrow-on-right method. If you are not familiar with the Ishi story I […]

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Educational day on hunting and snaring, and a tracking hike.

26 people attended. The keynote speaker Len Dickinson offered a great and well rounded presentation on hunting, conservation, and enjoying the outdoors. Some interesting issues were discussed along with videos and slide show. Bill Barrett had some great stories on snaring squirrels. At this point we were all treated to wild food chili and many […]

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Skinning, traps, talks, and tracks. Oh and wild chili!

Busy this weekend? JANUARY 10th – ( Hunting Day at Blueberry Mountain )- The club is planning an educational hunting day in the indoor months. The keynote speaker will be Len Dickinson who is a local published author and accomplished hunter and outdoorsmen. Among Len’s many credentials are a B.A. in Environmantal Studies from Waterloo […]

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Inspirational Video & John Muir Quotes

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Good Survival Video

“Mysteries of Survival” is a video I used to show in some of my classes. It once aired on CBC “Wild Docs” from a National Geographic film. I believe it can be ordered on-line. From description: It is a mystery that scientists are determined to solve. Why do some people survive exposure, predators, starvation and […]

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Fish nets under the ice

Fish nets under the ice

Fishnets During Winter Introduction During my stay in the arctic I had the pleasure of helping Bill Cooper with his nets. This short article briefly describes what I learned about placing nets under the ice. Throughout the winter, a valuable source of food and protein can be had from fish. One of the most productive […]

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Please vote for our biological monitoring and education outreach project

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Your vote requested! The LandTrust charity (Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy) is having some good fortune with grant money for its soundscape projects. On a Shell grant, we can up our amount to 50K with more support in votes. This is for biological monitoring of protected areas, education outreach and more. Pass this on and please […]

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Making Nocks for a Bow

Making nocks for your bow. This is taken from a full length bow making video (Traditional Spirit: A guide to Crafting a Wooden Bow https://vimeo.com/ondemand/bowmaking). Learn how to quickly make nocks for your new bow. Share on Facebook

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The Sound of Arrows

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Come out to the fundraiser.  I will have my Inuit kayak, caribou clothing, bows and more at my booth.

Evening fundraiser. Booth with Chad Clifford of Wilderness Rhythms: teaching survival bushcraft camping tracking near Ottawa Ontario Canada

Come out to the fundraiser I will have my Inuit kayak, caribou clothing, bows and more at my booth.  Drop by say hello! Share on Facebook

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3-D Tournament with primitive bows.

3-D Tournament with primitive bows Share on Facebook

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Animal Tracking Part 2 Common gait patterns

Animal Tracking Part 2 Common gait patterns

Animal Tracking Part 2: Common gait patterns Identifying tracks to a certain species is much easier if you first look for certain clues. Those clues are not usually found in the track. Only 1 in 100 tracks show clear detail (like toes or nail marks). By far, the two most useful clues to look for […]

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Nature-based Activities that Incorporate Music

Nature-based Activities that Incorporate Music

A research paper on:   Nature-based events that incorporate musicBy Chad Clifford This article is a shortened version of my graduate thesis–completed at the University of Alberta. I used a generic html converter to create this page–hence, the titles and format are not ideal. Abstract                 This phenomenological study explores the emotional experience of playing […]

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Choosing a Wilderness Program: Wilderness Survival, Traditional, or Primitive Skills

Choosing a Wilderness Program: Wilderness Survival, Traditional, or Primitive Skills There are many types of wilderness experiences and training available to you. Don’t worry, I am not about tell you that you have found the ‘right’ or the ‘best’ spot–’look no further.’ If you find a site making such claims, may I suggest that you […]

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How brace-height affects a bow’s energy and why a recurved stores more energy

How brace-height affects a bow’s energy and why a recurved stores more energy Originally published in Archery Focus: USA’s official olympic magazine. What gets accomplished when an amateur bow-maker and a techno-weenie get together during the cold Christmas holidays in Canada? Well in this case, they designed a device that accurately computes and plots interesting […]

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Links to important sites.

More video & topics from Wilderness Rhythms on: cliffLand. Well known as part of the Land Trust movement and home to one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County. Go for a hike up to Blueberry Mountain and see for yourself! I have and continue to run some of my courses at this location–breathtaking!   […]

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Fun With Blacksmithing: Making a bushcraft knife

Fun With Blacksmithing: Making a bushcraft knife More of Chad’s Videos on YouTube… Share on Facebook

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Advanced Primitive Bow Design

See my video on making a traditional bow. Well, really, it is a combination of designs, More of Chad’s Videos on YouTube… Share on Facebook

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My Flute Music to Slides

Chad’s flute music is played during a slideshow of nature photographs(photo’s by Tania Marsh & Chad Clifford). Share on Facebook

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No Stitch Leather Knife Case

Leather, No-stitch, Knife Case When I first I came across this design on the internet, I was struck at the simplicity of it and the fact that I had never seen such an obviously witty design in  use before. The design was offered by Bill Scherer (posted with Bill’s permission here). This piece of leather […]

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Lamp wick Harness For Snowshoes

Lampwick Harness for Snowshoes: A simple and bush-savvy method. Whether you prefer traditional or hi-tech snowshoes, knowing how to make your own binding is important in the case of a broken buckle or strap. However, this is the binding I use all the time and for good reason–it is the most practical binding I have ever […]

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Birch Bark Knife Sheaf

Birch Bark Knife Case I have experimented with birch bark cases for various knives and ended up with a design that incorporates a belt loop.  This is the most versatile design and the one I favour.  Of course, there is no limit to where one could go with birch bark cases.  An axe sheaf is easily made […]

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Learn to Track Series

Learn to Track Series

Learn to Track SeriesPart One: Before You Go!   Bobcat in mud (front right):All of the cats have very largeheel pads and no claw marksshowing in the track. Tracking is a doorway to a greater understanding of the wilderness. It teaches you to become knowledgeable of the local flora, fauna, seasons, and the behaviours of […]

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Ancient Sink-Hole

Ancient Sink-Hole

Ancient Sink-Hole We came across this hole in the woods the other day.  It is along an ancient stream bed (not far from a current creek).  Three holes near to each other.  The other two are mostly filled in with trees growing out of them.  This hole is 4-5 feet in diametre and 8 feet […]

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Winter Fun with School Group.

“He’s making fire!” Stittsville school-kids visit the Learning Centre (First posted:  March 21, 2012 in EcoWellness Centre) The weather was gorgeous, and everyone had a great hike while learning some wilderness lore with Chad Clifford, the centre’s Homeschool Wilderness teacher. Below are some pictures taken on the trail (thanks to Dean Fleming for contributions): Inuit tools and caribou […]

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archived articles from Alba Wilderness School

Archived Articles From my days with Alba Wilderness School Nature’s Classroom By Yvonne Jeffery Hope, The Ottawa Citizen Saturday 22 May 1999 Also in The Calgary Herald Alba Wilderness School in the Lanark Highlands teaches largely forgotten skills needed not only to survive in the wilderness, but to reconnect with it, writes Yvonne Jeffery Hope. […]

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