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Photo Courtesy Tim Cope

November 20-22, 2015

Celebrate the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel
and traditional life ways in the North. Coursework, workshops, a winter tent camp, gear swap, community dancing, evening films, featured speakers and more.


Full Event Program Now Available  

Featured Speaker
Australian adventurer and author Tim Cope is this year's featured speaker. Explorer and author, Tim Cope set out to travel 6,000 miles by horse from Mongolia to Hungary across the great Eurasian Steppe. It was a quest to retrace the route taken by Mongolian conquerors, who under Genghis Khan created the largest empire in history, and an odyssey into the spirit of the nomadic way of life. As described in his award winning book, On the Trail of Genghis Khan (Grand Prize Winner at the 2013 Banff International Book Festival Competition), Cope, accompanied by his canine companion, Tigon, and the occasional camel, spent more than three years in the saddle. From the ice-capped Altai Mountains to the burning heat of the Kazakh desert, Cope experienced both rugged trails and nomad hospitality—the linchpin of survival on the steppe. He traveled across a kaleidoscope of countries and came to a deep understanding of the steppe’s rich and diverse nomadic peoples—their rich heritage and the precarious place that the traditional culture finds itself in the modern era. Journey with the 2006 Australian Adventurer of the Year on his fascinating epic across time and space. Tim has also studied as a wilderness guide in the Finnish and Russian subarctic, ridden a bicycle across Russia to China, and rowed a boat along the Yenisey River through Siberia to the Arctic Ocean. Tim will speak Saturday night of the event and offer a writing course: Writing a Book: A Journey with Tim Cope

Event Highlights
Great Gear & Ski Swap - International Arctic Films
Winter Tent Camping - Snowshoe Shuffle Dance
Deep Freeze Chili Feed - Winter Skills Seminars

Featured Event Course Offerings
Every year, an abundance of hands-on courses are featured during WG. Enrollment is always strong - highlights are included below. More courses will be added in the coming months. To review all of the courses in Calendar Format visit the November 2015 course calendar. 

Starting Wed, Nov 18
- Foot Felting: Slippers or Winter Boot Liners
- Salumi: Traditional Dry Curing Methods

Starting Thurs, Nov 19
- Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own
- Sew a Bag: Sailor's Ditty or Sailcloth
- Blanket Coat: Techniques for Making Your Own Warm Wool Blanket Coat
- Everyday Slöjd for the Kitchen

Starting Fri, Nov 20
- Lighten Up: Eating Well on the Trail
- Bushcraft Primer
- Birch Bark Craft: Sheathes & Boxes

Starting Sat, Nov 21
- Cooking from the New Scenic Café Cookbook for the Holidays
- Everyday Slöjd for the Bed & Bath
- Writing a Book: A Journey with Tim Cope
- Sitting in the Director's Chair: Directing a Film with Michel Poulette

Starting Sat, Nov 22
- Welcome to the Bush: Northern Bushcraft Field Intensive




AT 2015:


Full Event
Program (PDF)

Gear & Ski Swap
Participation Form (PDF)

- Cook County Event Info
- Area Lodging & Business Info

Event Partners

winter on the north shore

snowshoe course

winter festival

toboggan course


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