I had an absolutely fantastic time at the Global Bushcraft Symposium in Bowden, Alberta CANADA this last week. Flew into Calgary Sunday night and Monday morning carpooled to the Symposium with a couple gys from BCUSA forum and Nicole Apelian. Excellent Keynote talk Monday Eve on Bushcraft in Context by Patrick McGlinchey from Scotland. This dude knows his fiber work. Examples below: Tuesday morning: 9:00 AM - A talk by Les Stroud. Kinda tooting his own horn about being the only real survival show, but whatever. 10:50 AM - Keynote Talk by Dr. Andre Francois Bourbeau on Decision making and Risk Management in Survival. Good stuff. Very visual. Noon - Lunch 1:30 - Q&A/Meet n Greet with Julia Seton (Ernest Thompson Seton's grandaughter/historian), Paul Kirtley and Lars Falt. 2:00 - Breakout Sessions. There are a number of these happening all at once at different "camps" all around the property. I opted for Ax Safety and Usage by Ben Piersma of Ben's Backwoods, since I got the titanium plate in my arm removed last summer and can now chop things without tendinitis. I also caught the tail end of Thijmen Apswoude's Fungus as Tinder presentation. 3:30 - Another bunch of breakout sessions. I went for David Wescott's "Blanket Technology". Very in depth look at wool blanket history, usage, wearing the, blanket packs, etc. David Wescott and David Holiday showing how to load and carry a blanket pack, including with a yukon strap, etc. 4:30 - I got busy talking with folks about business stuff and missed any of the 3 presentations going on here. 5:30 - Supper 7:30 Keynote Talk: Panel Discussion by Mors Kochanski, David Wescott, David Holladay, Andre Bourbeau. Moderated by Les Stroud.