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Siegurd van Leusen
Siegurd Bushcraft & Survival

Siegurd van Leusen

Siegurd van Leusen is the founder of and an outdoor enthousiast in heart and soul. Raised in the countryside in Umbria, Italy and only returned to the Netherlands at the age of 19 to move again shortly afterwards for three years between the French vineyards. Now, although still with great pleasure, he has been working for almost twenty years at Outline Travel as chief instructor in outdoor sports and where he runs the entire Bushcraft part of the organisation.

He has had his love for the outdoor from the moment he just started walking. He moves to Italy with his parents at the age of four months. First a few years in the far south, Calabria and then until his 19th birthday in the beautiful and green Umbria. Here he learns to appreciate the simple things and to look for the adventurous! With parents as missionaries and therefore on a low income, life naturally becomes more creative and inventive and you see things more as challenges than as problems. Simple things like cooking on a wood fire or coal, growing your own food or getting it from nature, became the most normal thing in the world. Siegurd grew up with friends from peasant families, where food just roamed the yard. He was also not surprised if the same bunny was on the table in the evening among the baked potatoes while it was still cheerfully walking around in the morning! He regularly went into the hills with his knapsack, alone or with his brothers and friends.

When he was 19 he moved back to the Netherlands, but the love for nature remained. His main hobbies are long-distance hiking and mountaineering. He climbs Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso several times, but also the Mont Blanc du Tacul, ArĂȘte du Cosmiques and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Siegurd follows various alpine courses and a First Aid (First Aid for Mountaineering Accidents) course in Zermatt, conducted by the well-known alpinist and rescue worker Menno Boermans.

However, his greatest passion remains climbing Munros in Scotland. Started in 1996 and with 146 mountains to go, Scotland is the country where you will find it most outside the Netherlands. Despite rain and midges, Siegurd remains committed to this beautiful country.

Bushcraft has never been a choice for him but has always been there and evolved into what it is today. Siegurd is very eager to learn and tries to further develop his love for nature in this way. He refreshed his firemaking skills during a personal course with Dale Collett from the British Bushcraft School. He has also taken courses with Woodlore the company of Bushcraft legend Ray Mears.

Position: Founder and head instructor Siegurd Bushcraft & Survival
2021-05-04 BIrch bark - weaving
2021-05-05 Birch Bark - little pot
2021-05-06 Birch Bark - tavlinka
2021-05-08 Axe use and safety

Sessions by Siegurd van Leusen

4 may 2021 – MASTERCLASS
5 may 2021 – MASTERCLASS