Richard Alexander Rees and Claire Louise Rees are the founders and lead instructors of Wild Spirit Bushcraft and Husky Tours. Richard and Claire’s biggest passion is in the old Stone Age and Arctic life and learning about the great outdoors and how our ancestors survived.
We are quite a unique company because we live in remote area only accessible with ski. quad, or snow scooter, we live in a cabin from the 18th century with no water or electric, in fact we actually live what we teach.
Richard is also an experienced Musher and even makes his own clothes of reindeer skin perfect for driving the Dog Teams in the sometimes extreme Swedish weather. Often he puts all his skills to the test by literally living off the forest for several weeks in a row. His childhood was inspired by the nature it has had a profound effect on his life. As a child he was inspired with the mountains in North Wales and Scotland. Now he lives in Ottsjö right near Åre Sweden and teaches people how to live in and survive in the Forest, in Sweden and our bushcraft business in the UK.
Richard has traveled to many countries and learned various skills in Bushcraft by bushmen in Thabazimbi, South Africa to the Sami in northern Sweden and Norway.
Claire is a keen outdoor enthusiast and qualified as a Summer Mountain Leader, she also takes on the role of facilitating Wild Spirit Bushcraft and dog sledding tours in both the UK & Sweden.
Claire’smain role is to organise and make sure all the courses and tours run as smoothly as possible, being Richards clock watcher she keeps everybody on their toes, as well as delivering basic bushcraft courses, and dog sledding tours. Claire enjoys the training and physiology of the dog world, and spends time watching the dogs and learning new personal skills from them.
Claire has spent many years working with Richard in successfully developing Wild Spirit Bushcraft in the UK. The successful partnership have taken their passion onto another level by expanding Wild spirit bushcraft to Sweden, where the business is based today.
Adrian joined us in November 2017 as a volunteer, bringing along a hard working approach, a strong passion and enthusiasm towards our dogs.
The Nomadic Australian began to work with us after an epic 3 year adventure travelling through Europe. His thirst for adventure, finally appears to be, in the most unlikely and remote places imaginable. Spending the summer soaking up some much needed Vitamin D in preparation for the long dark Northern European winter, Adrian is looking forward to continue to improve his skills as a future dog sled tour guide, under the expert tuition of lead musher, Richard Rees.
Adrian typically Aussie laid back attitude, combined with Richard’s high speed intensity and extensive dog handling, along with the calculated intelligence of his son, Joe, make a formidable dog sledding team to be reckoned with.
Adrian spends his spare time planning new exotic travel destinations to visit, or can be spotted with his best mate, Blizzard, running long distance across frozen Ottsjön in -30C temperature.
“You have to be a little bit nuts to do this job” – Richard Rees