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Tim Smith
Works at Jack Mountain Bushcraft School
Attended Union College
Lives in Masardis, Maine
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Saw this great, older photo of my kids while visiting my mom.
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If you've got me in your circles, you might be more interested in our JMBS page - more frequent updates, videos, etc.
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Another book - a favorite of mine about an old hermit who lived in the woods just upstream from Masardis.  I've read most of Randall Probert's books and this is my favorite.  He's a retired game warden who worked in northern Maine, and writes about the land he knows.  Set on St. Croix lake.
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JMB blog: How to evaluate pot suspension systems for cooking over an open fire.
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A parcel was just delivered containing a bottle each of "The Discovery" and "The Journey" - MacKinlay's Shackleton Whiskey.  It will sit unopened until I can open a bottle with  +Thomas Moore 
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I'm ordering myself a few more bottles already to stash in my pack for the journey out there lol but it's all good. Between that and the mackinlay's I think there will be enough goods to share about. 
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I'm excited to read this upcoming book about the Aroostook War.  Our field school is just downriver from where the fort at Masardis once stood.
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Honcho at the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School, expedition leader, Master Maine Guide
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  • Jack Mountain Bushcraft School
    Founder, 1999 - present
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Masardis, Maine
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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire - Sterling, Alaska
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PO Box 77 Ashland, ME 04732
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Founder of The Jack Mountain Bushcraft School and Registered Master Maine Guide.
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Tim is an educator, craftsman, expedition leader and Registered Master Maine Guide.  He founded the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School in 1999.

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Tim Smith, M.Ed.Founder Of The Jack Mountain Bushcraft School
Registered Master Maine Guide


Tim cooking a pizza in a cob oven.

"Tim represents the best qualities of the new generation of Maine Guides. Not only is he a Master Maine Guide, a licensed hunter, trapper, and fisherman, but he is also a naturalist, an excellent photographer, a media consultant, writer, and teacher."

- Maine Wilderness Guides Organization Newsletter, Fall 2009

Background: Tim grew up on a lake in a small town in New Hampshire. From a young age he was camping, fishing and learning how to get around in a canoe.

After earning an undergraduate degree he fulfilled a childhood dream and moved to Alaska where he fished and lived for a year in a 12-foot trailer before returning to the lower 48 and getting a masters degree in education.

Tim spent years learning the craft of guiding and traditions of the north woods from Master Maine Guide Raymond Reitze and studied extensively with Mors Kochanski. He spent significant time in both summer and winter traveling with and learning from native Cree people in northern Quebec. Highlights of his background include a 30-day primitive living experiment in the Alaskan bush, an 11-day walkabout with no food in Alberta, and numerous solo trips in the woods and on the rivers of Maine, New Hampshire, Quebec and Alaska.

Tim taught bushcraft and guided part-time for several years before founding the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School in 1999. He's been at it full-time since then.

Bushcraft, Survival And Outdoor Educator

As of November, 2013, Tim has taught 24 semester-length, college level, field-based bushcraft courses.  Summed up in a single word, Tim's educational philosophy is "Can". For the expanded description, read our educational philosophy page.

Expedition Leader And Guide:

Tim is a Registered Master Maine Guide (hunting, fishing, recreation) licensed by the state, and has also been a hunting and fishing guide in New Hampshire.

He has guided survival, canoe, snowshoe, fishing and hiking trips in Maine, New Hampshire, Quebec, New Brunswick, Alaska and Florida. Destinations have included Maine's St. John and Allagash waterways, Quebec's La Verendrye Provincial Park, Alaska's Swan Lake Canoe Route and the Wilderness Waterway in the Florida Everglades, amongst others. He is a licensed hunter, trapper and fisherman.

Speaker:

Tim has been a featured speaker on outdoor education, survival and sustainability at a variety of events, including:
        • Woodsmoke International Bushcraft Symposium - Tetonia, Idaho.
        • Canoecopia Paddlesports Show - Madison, Wisconsin.
        • Survival & Preparedness Conference - Dallas, Texas.
        • Rockingham Fishing and Hunting Expo - Salem, New Hampshire.
        • Wilderness Outdoor Living Conference - Portland, Maine.
        • Snow Walker's Rendezvous - Fairlee, Vermont.
        • Wilderness Paddler's Gathering - Fairlee, Vermont.
        • Falls Brook Centre - Knowlesville, New Brunswick, Canada.

Author:

Tim has written seven books and a variety of magazine and newspaper articles.
Books:
  • Bush Cookery: Outdoor Cooking Secrets From A Professional Woodsman.
  • Bushcraft Education: Riffs And Reflections On Teaching And Learning Outdoors.
  • On The Trail: Selected Canoe And Snowshoe Trip Journals.
  • The Jack Mountain Bushcraft School Canoe Handbook.
  • The Simple Little Sourdough And Outdoor Baking Book.
  • First Person Ecology.
  • Jack Mountain Bushcraft Student Handbook.

Publications in which articles have been published:
        • Paddler Magazine.
        • Natural New England Magazine.
        • Wilderness Way Magazine.
        • The Granite State News.

Visit Tim's author page on Amazon.com, and storefront at Lulu.

Photographer:

Tim's photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including:
        • Canoeroots Magazine.
        • Men's Journal.
        • Field & Stream.
        • Portland Magazine.
        • NH To Do Magazine.
        • Massachusetts Wildlife.
        • Burlington Free Press - Burlington, VT.
        • Granite State News - Wolfeboro, NH.
        • The Hippo - Manchester, NH.

Media Appearances:

Tim and Jack Mountain Bushcraft & Guide Service have been the subject of regional and national media coverage. More information on this is available in our Press Room.

Medical Background and Training:

Tim has completed a significant amount of training in wilderness and emergency medicine with SOLO, including:
        • Wilderness First Aid and CPR Refresher Course; October, 2007.
        • Wilderness First Responder Refresher Training Program; January, 2003.
        • Winter Medicine and Rescue, December; 2000.
        • Fundamentals of Search and Rescue; November, 2000.
        • Wilderness First Aid; November, 2000.
        • EMT Refresher Training Program; October, 2000.
        • EMT Refresher Training Program; January, 1999.
        • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician; November/December, 1996.

Television Presenter:

Tim has appeared on a variety of television shows, including:
        • I'll Try Anything Once - Treasure HD Network - On-camera consultant and instructor.
        • American Builder - CN8, The Comcast Network - On-camera consultant and instructor.
        • CMT Most Wanted: Survivalists - Country Music Television - On-camera.

In addition, Tim has shot three pilots for the Animal Planet network, although none went to series:
        • The Ends Of The World - 2010, Host.
        • The Fat Of The Land - 2011, Host.
        • Last Survivor Standing - 2012, Host.

Media Consultant:

Tim has consulted on several television shows on both sides of the camera, including:
        • Naked & Afraid - Discovery Channel. Off-camera consultant. 2013.
        • Man Vs. Wild with Bear Grylls - Discovery Channel. Off-camera consultant. 2006.


Athletic Achievements:

Tim achieved great success playing hockey, being a 2 time Hockey Night In Boston all-scholastic, 2 time Independent School League all-league selection, Boston Globe league MVP, First Team NEPSIHA all-New England, and All-American at St. Mark's School in Southboro, MA. Following high school Tim spent a year with the Madison (Wisconsin) Capitals in the United States Hockey League and during the 1990 Junior A national championship set (and might still hold) the record for the fastest two goals by a single player with his two goals in 15 seconds against the Detroit Jr. Wings. He then attended Union College and competed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, but his career was cut short after his freshman year due to a shoulder injury.

Professional Organizations:

• Maine Wilderness Guides Organization - Life Member
• Maine Professional Guides Association - Life Member
• New Hampshire Guides Association - Former Member And Board Member

Education
  • Union College
    BA, Anthropology, 1990 - 1994
  • University of North Texas
    M.Ed, Education, 1997 - 1999
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The Country Bookseller is a great little book shop and cafe (coffee, baked goods, etc.). It's my favorite place to check out new releases, and I always enjoy looking through their sections on New Hampshire and New England. If you're visiting Wolfeboro make a point of stopping there - you'll be glad you did.
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Great food and the best coffee on route 11. The trading post has been my go-to place for several years for great food in Masardis. It's 4 miles upriver from my place. Everything Torrie makes is good, but her burgers are fantastic, as are the breakfast specials. If you have a problem with eating too many baked goods, stay away as the doughnuts and raspberry bars are amazing. Update: January 2013 - I was in recently and found out that they now accept credit cards.
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Fantastic food and great service. Their best breakfast sandwich is the "Hillbilly". Not their biggest, but it's just about perfect if served on homemade bread. Food is cheap and the waitresses are great, especially Patty.
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Fantastic meat pizza, and amazing molasses doghnuts.
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I run an outdoor school down the road from Blackwater Outfitters, and have been recommending their cabins to my clients since 2008. They're always clean and comfortable, and my clients rave about them. If you're planning on staying in this part of Maine, Blackwater should be at the top of your list. With regard to Dick as a hunting guide, I think his percentage of return customers and success rates speak for themselves. There are numerous hunting guides around, but very few professionals. Dick is a professional.
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Ridiculously large ice creams. A small is the size of a softball. A medium, 2 softballs. A large is the size of 3 softballs; that's a giant pile of ice cream. They serve Giffords, a Maine brand of ice cream. The food is good too.
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