XI | 7-Month Residential Immersion Program

2022 Course Info
· When: 4/10-10/21
· Tuition: $TBA
· Minimum Size: 4
· Maximum Size: 8
· GI Bill: Partial
· Americorps: Partial

Expedition Instructor Program. 7-Month, Full-Time Residential Training

The Expedition Instructor program (XI). Seven intense months, coming in 2022. Designed for future bushcraft instructors, wilderness guides and industry leaders. Details coming soon.


Note: To achieve the XI certification, a student must also successfully complete the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition and accompanying Hivernant certification. These are winter programs and are not included in the 7-month immersion.


The Expedition Instructor Program (XI) is a full-time, 7-month immersion into bushcraft, guide training, primitive living skills and expedition training. It’s a no BS, no new-age mumbo jumbo, no hand-holding experience that is heavy on academic work and accountability and definitely not for everyone. We’re not trying to appeal to a large audience; we’re looking for a tiny group of people who are determined, coachable, hard workers, and ready for a challenge.  

The XI is a deep dive into becoming a professional bushcraft instructor and wilderness guide by combining field experience with academic research and study. The modern world is interested in shallow knowledge and understanding. This program is the opposite – it goes deep.

Who The Expedition Instructor Program Is For

The framework of the program consists of standards-based professional training. Our goal is to train future industry leaders and give them a running start. This program is for future business owners, as starting, running and maintaining a business is one of our intended learning outcomes. Our goal is to pass on the skills that have made the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School so successful over the past two decades. These include the bushcraft, guiding and business skills.

Why Us? Why Now?

After inventing the long-term program and two successful decades running them, we know what it takes to succeed and lead in the outdoor industry. We’ve seen countless outdoor businesses start, only to disappear after a year or two. Sometimes the reality of owning and running a business doesn’t match up with the fantasy. Sometimes the business model wasn’t viable. Sometimes people didn’t want to put in the hard work necessary to be successful. We’ve learned where the gaps are. We have a proven record of success, and we want to pass on the deep knowledge we’ve learned to the next generation. In bushcraft, in wilderness guiding and in business.

Residential, Based At Our Field School

This program is residential. For the duration of the program, home is the Jack Mountain field school and along the rivers and among the mountains of northern Maine. Participants live in tents or shelters for the entire seven months. Needless to say, they will learn to do so well. We begin with the start of the spring semester in the snows of April and finish before the deep snows fall in late October.

More details coming soon. Stay tuned.

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