Maryland Area Primitive Skills Club- MAPS Club

The Maryland Area Primitive Skills Club is a place to work on and share the skills you have been learning.  We are all students and this is a good time to gather, play, and meet new people.  This Club will help inspire you to practice the various wilderness survival and outdoor living skills found around the globe. Come with an open mind and share the skills you have been learning or learn one that you have been longing. As a community we will gather and share our stories and techniques of primitive skills.

Each Meet Up will have a theme such as: fire making, stone tools, hunting, animals tracking, useful plants and trees, shelter building and many more.  Bring your skills to the Maryland Area Primitive Skills Club and have all your answers questioned and your questions answered.

Time: TBD each Meet Up

When: Generally the third weekend of each month.; December 19th, January 16, Feb 28th, March 19th, April 16th, May 21th

Cost: Suggested donation $10 per person (Material fee or trade may apply for some skills)

Location: Please see schedule below and sign up our Meetup Group

What to bring? It all depends on what we are doing that month. Please see descriptions below.

Benefits from attending our Meet ups

  • -Meet new people who are crafty and unique
  • -Get to know the Ancestral Knowledge instructors
  • -Receive help with current projects
  • -Inspiration to complete, learn, and discover crafts and projects

Please check our our Meetup Group for more information.

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2017 Meet Up Schedule

Name: Fire from the landscape (Meet-up)

Date: Jan 29 Sunday –

Time: 12:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Starting point: Carderock Recreation Area MD  

We will venture into the woods and learn about how to make a campfire from all natural material from the forest. At the end of the hike we will make a fire with what we collected.  We hope you’ll join us for this epic winter fire hike. You will walk away from this program feeling rejuvenated, with a new appreciation of the natural world and the power of fire.

Our Expert survival guide will lead you on a hike through the forest while sharing his knowledge on how to create fire and all types of useful natural knowledge such as edible and medical plants and trees. Learn first hand the sacred order of survival and how nature can help us mentally, spiritually, physically . Walk away with a deeper understanding of the wilderness and gain access to some of the most beautiful natural places in a near are national capital. There will be time to share and connect with others great people.

 

Billy Goat trail Hike (Meet-up)

Date: February  26th

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Starting point: The Billy Goat Trail – Section A is located at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center 11710 MacArthur Boulevard  Potomac, Maryland 20854.

Our Expert survival guide will lead you on a hike through the forest while sharing his knowledge on how to create fire and all types of useful outdoor knowledge. Learn first hand the sacred order of survival and how nature can help us mentally, spiritually, physically . Walk away with a deeper understanding of the wilderness and gain access to some of the most beautiful natural places in a near are national capital. There will be time to share and connect with others great people.

Driving on Interstate 495, cross into Maryland over the American Legion Bridge (beltway inner loop) and take exit 41 (Clara Barton Parkway) Westbound, left at fork. Follow Clara Barton to the end. At the stop sign, turn left onto MacArthur Boulevard. Follow MacArthur Blvd approximately 3.5 miles into the park. MacArthur Boulevard ends at the park entrance. The National Park Service charges $10 per vehicle entrance fee to the park.

Rating: Medium Hiking  Dogs are welcome. 15-minute wait period.

What you need to bring: I liters of water, snacks, lunch, and appropriate hiking attire (weather pending). In the event that you cannot make the hike, please update your RSVP status accordingly.

Please leave questions or comments below!

 

Old Rag Hike (Meet-up)

Date: March 12th 2017

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Starting point:

Our Expert survival guide will lead you on a hike through the forest while sharing his knowledge on how to create fire and all types of useful outdoor knowledge. Walk away with a deeper understanding of the wilderness and gain access to some of the most beautiful natural places in a near are national capital. There will be time to share and connect with others great people.

Old Rag, though, requires almost 3 miles of one-way hiking to reach the summit by its shortest route, and elevation gain is anywhere from 2200-3000′ depending on the specific route chosen. But even better is that much of the standard route to the summit is across open rock, giving about as close to an above-timberline feel as one is going to find in the Southeast. Factor in that parts of the standard route involve some Class 3 scrambling, and hiking Old Rag becomes an adventure, especially to novice hikers and to people unversed with the wonders of truly alpine mountains. In fact, one’s first hike of Old Rag might inspire a mountaineering lust that may consume great sums of money, time, and family members’ patience– you have been warned.

Although it is not very high, not even among the ten highest peaks in Shenandoah National Park, where the highest summit is only 4011′, Old Rag Mountain is nevertheless arguably the most impressive mountain in Virginia and in all the Southeast, vying for that honor with North Carolina notables such as Devils Courthouse, Grandfather Mountain, and Looking Glass Rock. All the exposed rock makes it stand out, and its position east of the main Blue Ridge, rising straight from the flatlands on all but its western side, makes it seem higher than it really is. From almost any point from which it is visible, Old Rag dominates the scene.

Route: Ridge Trail/Saddle Trail
It is an 8.7-mile loop, and it involves about 2300′ of elevation gain by the time it’s over. Ascending via the Ridge Trail is recommended because the scrambling involved on that route is easier and more enjoyable done uphill. Highlights of the trail include a “cave” one must pass through, a natural staircase formed by columnar jointing of basalt, and some Class 3 scrambling sections. Please see the attached route page for more details.

Rating: Medium Hiking

Dogs are welcome. 15-minute wait period.

What you need to bring: I liters of water, snacks, lunch, and appropriate hiking attire (weather pending). In the event that you cannot make the hike, please update your RSVP status accordingly.

Please leave questions or comments below!

 

Name: Family hike (Meet-up)

Date: April 15th 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Instructor: Josh 703 8812388. I drive an older 2001 model Honda Accord

Starting point:

Learn first hand the sacred order of survival, come to see survival fire making demonstrated, hear stories of wilderness survival, learn about how plants, trees, animals, and landscapes are used to ensure survival, Walk away with a deeper understanding of primitive wilderness survival.

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