Jason Deathearage in the woods (above) and a fire in the sand with a windbreak (below).

Creston library presentation taking closer look at basic bushcraft

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The next installment of the Creston Valley Public Library’s Great Outdoors speaker series is “Basic Bushcraft” set for 7 p.m. July 14 in the library meeting room. Join Jason Deatherage as he shares his passion for the hands-on skill of bushcraft and all that it entails.

Living in such a beautiful natural setting as the Creston Valley, we all enjoy being outdoors. In order to be safe and healthy as we enjoy this mountain paradise, it’s important that we cultivate certain vital skills and ways of thinking that relate to moving through the natural world. Very basic and easy to learn skills and tools can give us confidence in the outdoors and increase our enjoyment of and engagement with nature.

Basic knife-craft and sharpening, fire making, kit building, principles of outdoors survival, and much more will be covered. Bring a hat and water bottle as participants may move outside for the fire-making portion of the program.

Deatherage is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast who travels annually to various survival and bushcraft gatherings in Canada and the U.S. He is the official medical coordinator for the Dirttime gathering in southern California, as well as several regional music festivals in B.C. Deatherage is a paramedic, library technician, professional musician and teacher of swordsmanship and Asian philosophy.

Learn how you can get out and get active in the Creston Valley! The library’s Great Outdoors series has run once per month for the last several months. Watch for the last topic, “Basic Birdwatching in the Creston Valley”, in August.

Plans are being made for another exciting year of presentations starting in September. For more information or to make programming suggestions, contact the library at 250-428-4141 or cassandra@crestonlibrary.com.