Bashers Bivis Bushcraft PhotoLiving Closer to Nature.

Detailed Description:

In Bashers, Bivis and Bushcraft we challenge the artificial walls, barriers and fears that hold us back from a full, true and honest connection with our natural environment. In place of an enclosed tent, you will learn to use a tarpaulin to create an open-faced shelter- either as a recreational shelter or a survival technique. You will use simple but powerful tools- such as bushcrafting knives, rope and fire to make camp more comfortable and secure. We will share how knowledge and skill can soften our dependence on technology and open your eyes to the magic of the great outdoors.

We respect that Basher and Bivi camping may not be for you- everyone is different. The goal of this course is simply to give you the opportunity to learn about it, offer you the very best instruction possible and let you decide on your own if you want to adopt it. You are welcome to spend your overnight sleeping under the basher you set up in the course- and we will be really proud of you for trying something new. Equally, if you know it’s not for you at this moment, you are welcome to camp in your tent.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • How to Use a Bivi Bag
  • Making a Basher Out of a Poncho or Tarpaulin
  • 3 Useful Knots
  • Bushcrafting Knives
  • Knife Sharpening
  • Using a Fire Steel
  • Making Chared Tinder
  • Fire Shapes and techniques, Star and Cross shaped
  • Making Tinder Bundles
  • Collecting Natural Kindling
  • Crafting a Burtonsville Rig
  • Carving a Featherstick
  • Basic Tree Identification and Their Uses
  • Water Treatment Techniques
  • How to Deal With Large Pieces of Wood Without An Axe

Prerequisite: Discover Camping (or by challenging the Discover Camping course)

Age Requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years of age to attend this course unaccompanied.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Each place booked is for one person only, so each course attendee must have their own booking.
  • This course is not suitable for young people under the age of twelve.


Storing, preparing and cooking food is an integral part of the Bashers, Bivis and Bushcraft course content. Therefore, food is included as part of this course fee.

At the beginning of the course, the Quartermaster will issue each participant a food hamper. You will be asked to store your food in your campsite in accordance with the Timeless Journey® Base Camp Food Storage Guidelines. You will be preparing and cooking for your own consumption, under the supervision and guidance of the course leader.

We will provide you with a detailed menu in your booking confirmation. Please let us know in your booking package or feel free to contact the office if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies and we will try our best to accommodate your requests.

At the base camp, we provide fresh fruit, cookies, drinking water, tea and coffee.

On the Bashers, Bivis and Bushcraft, there is a professional night watch provided by Timeless Journey® staff.


You are welcome to make or buy your own gear. Although we would like to encourage you to be as self-reliant as possible, all gear used by students in the course must meet the safety standards of the Quartermaster. In some cases, it may be wise to contact the Quartermaster if you have any questions or doubts about gear crafting projects you would like to undertake in preparation or if you would like to make substitutions to the items listed on the Standard Clothing and Equipment Checklist (Overnight).

On the Bashers, Bivis and Bushcraft course, we will try to help supply you with used gear for rent if you are unable to find, borrow or purchase gear for the course. To ensure a selection and availability of the items you require, please submit the Standard Clothing and Equipment Checklist (Overnight) to the Quartermaster at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Course Schedules and Specifications:

The Bashers, Bivis and Bushcraft Course is offered several times a year, in different conditions, seasons and locations in Canada. Check the list below and read the specifications carefully to make sure that you are signing up for the right course.

Dates and Details copy

BASH 05/15/20 • Bashers, Bivis and Bushcraft (3 Days, 2 Nights) • West Kootenay Campus • $360.00

Course Dates: Friday, May 15, 2020, to Sunday, May 17, 2020

  • Start Time: 4:30 pm on Friday, May 15, 2020
  • End Time: 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 17, 2020

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020, at 6:00 pm

Location: Timeless Journey® West Kootenay Campus near Winlaw, BC, Canada


Course Size: maximum of 10 participants, 9 places remaining as of 12/12/2019 7:12 pm

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