The question that a lot of people always want to ask but don't when it comes to trailing: Is this real? Can a you or I really learn to follow a trail, track by track, without the aid of sand or snow or mud? It is common in myths, books, and movies to see incredible feats of tracking and several hyped up and popularized trackers make wild claims of skill with little to no verification, so it leaves a question, is the art of trailing real or just something humans wish they could do? Do you have to be a wilderness god or raised by indigenous people to really be able to trail?
Logistics - Adults
Brad has purchased a home and land in the town of Corinth, VT, and it is here that Roots has relocated. The land has over a half a mile of river frontage and several streams, a beautiful varied forest, rambling topography, and plenty of wildlife. We have no doubt that it will make an epic location for the Roots School.
Many lessons in tracking may be found as whitetails, moose, black bear, fishers, bobcats, porcupine, coyotes, foxes, mink, ermine, snowshoe hare, wild turkey, and ruffled grouse, are commonly seen and tracked on the land. Often times we are also lucky enough to catch a hawk circling the pasture and to hear the barred owls remarkable calls in the darkness of night.
We see this land as a blessing to ourselves and our students, for to learn survival, tracking, and awareness, the Earth itself must be our greatest teacher. The diversity of plants, trees, and animals make this an ideal place to study and grow. As our school develops, we continue to build a relationship to this land, as do our students with whom we are always excited to share the experience of this place.
We are located off a dirt road Corinth, Vermont. In this out-of- the-way location, we run a multitude of classes throughout the year. In the spring time, the few hundred yards of dirt road can be a hazard with the mud, pot holes, and wash boarding if you drive fast. Please take it easy, and it should be no problem. Furthermore, the roads in Vermont can be difficult to traverse during storms and severe winter weather. If you do not have a vehicle with snow tires, four, or all wheel drive you may have difficulty getting to our location in the winter. Although most of the way is paved, snowy conditions can be hazardous even on the black top. If this is a concern, please contact us and we can arrange alternate plans for you to get here safe and sound.
Directions to 192 Bear Notch Rd. Corinth VT 05033
Exit 7 Head South on Exit 7 0.4 mi
Merge onto Vt-62 E 4.4 mi
Turn Right onto North Main St. 0.5 mi
Slight Left onto Washington St. 1.2 mi
Continue onto Us-302 E/E Barre Rd 2.5 mi
At the traffic circle, continue straight onto E Barre Rd. 0.4 mi
Continue onto Us-302 E/E Barre Rd/Orange Rd . 6.4 mi
Slight Right onto Vt-25 S 8.5 mi
Turn Right onto Brook Rd 4.3 mi
Slight Left onto Goose Green Rd. 1.0 mi
Take the 1st Right onto Bear Notch Rd. 0.2 mi
Take Exit 16
Head South on Exit 16 toward Vt-25 N 276 ft
Turn Right onto Vt-25 N 4.9 mi
Turn Left onto Chelsea Rd. 446 ft
Slight Right to stay on Chelsea Rd. 1.7 mi
Continue onto Goose Green Rd. 1.7 mi
Slight left onto Bear Notch Rd. 0.2 mi
Look for Roots School sign!
**Our driveway is the first right on Bear Notch Rd. Look for Roots School sign, set back off the road a little bit on the right. After the bridge there is a parking lot to the left, please park there and walk up the driveway till you see the classroom signs, follow these to the classroom where we will be waiting to complete registration.
If you need more specific directions please contact us. To those relying on GPS systems, they have helped students as much as hindered them. Please take a copy of our directions along with you if you plan on using one.
For overnight classes camping is provided. For students wishing to spend the night before or after course days in order for travel plans to work out, there is a small fee of $5 dollars a night per site. Camping facilities are rustic, limited to tent and tarp set up locations, outhouses, and an outdoor kitchen area. Water is always available either from the well or the spring. Parking is available for the duration of your course.
Winter Camping can be very demanding and intensive. It is not our intention for people to focus their attention on camping while at our courses so students may sleep in the yurt during the colder months. It is an open communal space so please plan accordingly and bring only what you need. There is ample room for folks to roll out a mat and sleeping bag. Please expect to help stock firewood if you are staying in the yurt.
For classes that are not listed as an overnight, please bring your lunch with you for the day. For overnight classes, meals are provided from the start of the class to the end. We seek to provide high quality food and full, well rounded meals. Nearly all of the food we cook is local and/or organic, prepared to be delicious. Warm beverages will be available, with some snacks such as carrot sticks, apples, and the like. Please make us aware of any special food needs in advance of the class. We can accommodate vegetarian, gluten free, egg free, pork free, and dairy free diets. If you have other diet restrictions we may not be able to accommodate you and would recommend you to both contact us and plan on bringing yourself extra snacks. We always recommend to all students to bring snacks to help keep you comfortable, focused, and happy with your brain and body sated. If you have dietary restrictions and are planning to attend and overnight class, please let us know as soon as possible so we can meet your needs.
The deposit is applied toward the cost of the course; the remaining balance will be due on the first day of the class. We accept cash, traveler’s checks, checks, and money orders. Please make checks payable to Roots School LLC. We currently accept credit cards online only so if you need to pay your balance with a card please pay it before you attend.
Note Book and Pen
Weather appropriate clothing and footwear. This includes rain gear, and clothing that can get wet and/or dirty.
Water bottle; One liter at least.
A bandana, or piece of fabric that can act as a blindfold
A insulate pad, therma-rest, or camping pad to elevate you off of the ground while you sleep
A sturdy bag to hold your belongings. To make sure your belongings stay dry, we recommend lining your bag with a plastic trash bag
Mug or thermos
Sleeping bag that is rated to at least 40 degrees
Plate, bowl, and utensils. Please don't forget this
*Many layers of light clothing keep you warm and can be adjusted to adapt to either the weather and/or activity.
*A carving knife is recommended for some classes. We recommend a 2”-5” blade, non-folding blade. If you would like to purchase one from us, we have simple Frost/Mora of Sweden knives for sale. If you would like other suggestions please contact us. If you do not have a knife, and you need or want on, you can purchase one at the school for $20. We also have knives to borrow for the duration of the class.
*If you do not own a tent, you can rent a tarp set up (two tarps and a line) for $10.
*Please pack in a way that allows you to comfortably carry your gear. Your campsite may be up to a ten minute walk from the parking lot.
*It is very important that you make sure your needs are met and that you will be able to focus on the class and not your physical comfort.
What you may want to bring:
A towel and bathing suit, if during the summer months
Tools and materials pertaining to the class
Something to sit on when the ground is wet or covered in snow
If you bring insect repellent, we ask that it is DEET free. We have natural alternatives.
Do NOT bring the following to any Roots School Classes:
We look forward to a great class!