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Tamarack unveils new bushcraft courses

Outdoor survival training provider Tamarack Bushcraft has launched a new range of bushcraft courses aimed at corporate clients and team building programmes.

Tamarack is offering a number of standard packages ranging from a one-day outdoor challenge to the week long 'Origins' course that introduces delegates to an array of skills including fire lighting, shelter building, wilderness cooking and the identification of wild foods.

The company's principal instructor is Mike Rushton who, after a period of working for the British army and later as a Countryside Ranger, became a co-founder of Tamarack in 1999. Each year, he delivers a range of rural skills courses to individuals, families and groups, and he has also been responsible for developing many of the new courses.

"The basis of all of our corporate packages is that we really want to set people up with a meaningful challenge," explains Mike. "Then we equip them with the appropriate skills to meet it. None of our courses - whether it's a single day or a week long experience - is going to give people easy options. Each one is about developing awareness, self-confidence and an understanding of the natural world, and these are all things that take time and effort to achieve.

"If our bushcraft trips are a bit more demanding than usual, then we have always found that this produces a much better appreciation of the skills involved. It certainly gives delegates a far greater sense of satisfaction when they know they have risen to a real challenge and proved their self sufficiency in a proper wilderness environment."

Tamarack's bushcraft courses normally run between March and October, but the company says that specialist courses and bespoke training events can be organised on request throughout the year.

Courses are held at various locations including Shropshire, Lancashire and the Scottish Cairngorms. The company also organises bushcraft trips to Tanzania and Scandinavia. Mike Rushton is currently arranging a winter survival trip to Sweden for February 2007.

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