Chris Gilmour, Founder, main author and lead instructor
When I was in my early twenties (early 2000’s), I was angry and frustrated by the state of the world. I was also humbled when I ventured into the woods to learn to live off the land and realized how little I actually knew about the intricacies of nature.
I spent my childhood camping, going to boy scouts and even studied ecology and forestry in college, only to realize that our western approach to learning about nature is just the tip of the iceberg.
To be resilient, adaptable human beings as well as good stewards of the earth,, there was so much more. I became obsessed with the study of ecology, survival, and self-reliance. This sent me on the adventure of a lifetime.
I traveled across continents learning and exploring. Ventured into the deep wilderness to learn survival and ecology and spent 8 years guiding remote wilderness canoe trips and dog sledding expeditions. I Learned to track wildlife and people and read the subtle story of nature.
I Apprenticed in permaculture and how to grow my own food. Studied herbal medicine and remote back-country first aid. Started my own modern-day homestead with my wife. And help build a non-for-profit youth organization to help reconnect kids and people back to the land, their senses and full human potential, the p.i.n.e. project. With a desire to bridge all I had learned from practicing risk management, survival and studying natural ecosystems, I wanted to now use this to face some of the significant challenges I saw facing the modern world.
This led me back to school to study Emergency & Disaster Management where I began a new journey in emergency and disaster planning and consulting. I have helped run disaster exercises and training for municipal governments, the private industries and one of my passions, summer camps, and outdoor-based program.