|Woodsmoke’s Wilderness Expeditions focus not only upon where we travel, but just as importantly upon HOW we travel. These journeys arise from the interests and experiences of bushcraft and survival expert Ben McNutt, and ethnobiologist, ethnobotanist and anthropologist, Lisa Fenton, who, together, have been leading groups overseas in arduous environments since 2002. Lisa and Ben are passionate about the traditional knowledge of local, traditional and indigenous peoples who have retained the bio-cultural, spiritual and material relationship to diverse natural landscapes that they skilfully inhabit. Our journeys aim to bridge Western techno-driven practices of traversing and surviving in remote (often considered hostile) landscapes, and the deeply embedded traditional environmental knowledge of local indigenous peoples that enables them to live with a close relationship to their natural surroundings.
Each journey has been carefully reconnoitred and represents a balance between challenging and achievable for those with a healthy fitness level and a willing attitude. They are far, far from the tourist track in every sense, and whilst we work closely with local, indigenous experts and wilderness specialists, our expeditions are always hosted by at least two experienced and qualified Woodsmoke instructors. Every expedition will take you along a journey that transports you into the very heart of the landscape, while acquiring skills for living, traveling and simply ‘being’ in each ecology.
Woodsmoke Expeditions are NOT guided tours, adventure travel holidays (such as Exodus) or hiking holidays. Rather, they are wilderness bushcraft expeditions and are therefore more akin to an ‘unsupported’ remote expeditionary team, in which we aim to equip you with the skills for self-sufficient wilderness travel. The nature of remote locations, variable climatic conditions, and exotic peoples with diverse cultural practices, requires that each expedition is variable, as we necessarily adapt to the particular circumstantial conditions – this is part of the skill of remote travel. A Woodsmoke expedition is challenging and adventurous, it is NOT entirely predictable or rigidly organised. However, we do follow itineraries and guidelines for each expedition. Woodsmoke Expeditions adheres to, and obtains, the best globally available emergency evacuation procedures for every location that we work in. All our instructors are fully medically qualified for remote wilderness environments. However, these expeditions can put 100’s of miles of arduous terrain and extreme climatic conditions between you and the nearest professional medical centre, therefore it is possible that professional help may not be immediately available. Therefore, whilst you are in the hands of professional guides and local experts, with the best medical and casi-vac procedures available, these journeys require a level of personal commitment, awareness and responsibility to yourself and your group.