Carpathians: Wild Slovakia
The Carpathians evoke a sense of real wilderness: rugged and vast, where Nature plays the leading role. The ecologically diverse, richly-storied landscape is deeply wild, and home to an abundance of large animals: brown bears, wolves, lynx, and red deer, to name a few.
Since our first exploration in 2014, we at EXTRA Bushcraft (and our participants) have been awed by the Romanian Carpathians' wild offerings and the wealth of experiences. This year we shift our focus to the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia.
In an exciting collaboration with Robin Rigg (slovakwildlife.org), we’d now like to share that with you during this unique, first-of-its-kind course: Wildlife Tracking and Trailing Adventure: Carpathians.
After landing at Bratislava airport we are shuttled to the Liptov region of northern Slovakia, which is where we’ll call home for the duration of our fully catered stay.
Each day we’ll wander through rugged valleys, along wild streams and lake shores, through seas of extensive montane forest up into beautiful subalpine meadows. In the foothills and valleys, a mosaic of woodland, pastures, farmland and villages forms the dynamic interface of human-wildlife coexistence. It is a truly fascinating landscape. Along the way, we might pause for lunch and light a small trail fire to grill local sausages and brew fresh coffee.
We’ve chosen September for the chance of perfect weather, beautiful fall colors and active wildlife— the animals, particularly bears, are especially busy in preparation for winter. The red deer rut hopefully will have started then as well.
This will be an unforgettable, intensive week of tracking and trailing, with each day spent searching out and discussing an endless variety of sign on the landscape, and piecing together wildlife whereabouts and behavior on the larger landscape.
We’ll also spend long hours of following fresh trails, learning effective trailing methodology, sign interpretation, and how to approach bedded or feeding animals undetected.
Evenings will be spent recounting stories, wildlife viewing, or attending mini lectures on a variety of topics. We’ll also bring trail cams (remote cameras) and will cover technique for strategic placement and set up. We encourage others to bring their own as well!
In full, this week will dramatically develop one’s understanding of wildlife and the ability to more fluently read the wild world. We hope you can join us!
Check out our blog to read a few stories from our Carpathian adventures (in Romania)!
Duration: 7 days
Group size: min 8 - max 12
Prerequisites: no previous knowledge or skills needed.
Level of fitness: this is a physically demanding experience. We will be covering many miles each day, most of them off trail: physical fitness is a must.
Catering: fully catered.
Location: Liptov region of northern Slovakia
Included: all transport, meals and accommodation throughout the duration of the trip.
Not included: Fees do not include personal items. Travel not included (flight Eindhoven - Bratislava or public transport).
€ 1250,= fully catered, guesthouse
- Daily wilderness excursions
- Total wilderness experience
- Wildlife watching in the field
- Stealth and concealment techniques for watching wildlife
- How to use trailcamera’s
- Intensive, in-field study of Track and Sign
- Trailing technique and Methodology Instruction and Application
- Actually trailing big game (red deer, brown bear, wild boar, etc)
- Evening lectures about various subjects
- Option to stay overnight in a cabin in the woods