Born in rural Suffolk in 1989, Daniel Hume is a naturalist and wilderness adventurer, and an authority on traditional bush skills from around the world.
He embarked on his first wilderness expedition when he was just sixteen years old. He was selected from the entire Norfolk and Suffolk wing of the Air Training Corps to join a very small team of cadets on a 2000km overland expedition exploring the wild Cape York Peninsula of northern Queensland, Australia.
In 2006, Daniel became an instructor at Ray Mears' Woodlore School of Wilderness Bushcraft, where he served for eleven years, for most of which he was the company's Head of Operations, putting him in charge of Ray Mears' team of instructors, and in between instructing, he designed new courses and expeditions, recruited new team members and guided the team from strength to strength. During these years, he was trained personally by Ray Mears and traveled extensively in remote wilderness areas around the globe, both with work and in his own time.
Daniel left Woodlore in 2017 and is now enjoying building his own business. Despite being young, he has accrued an extraordinary amount of knowledge and experience across a broad range of subjects, traveling the world several times over in order to learn and pass on his passion for the natural world.
"I grew up in the countryside, Suffolk, so I had the outdoors on my doorstep. But the one aspect that stood out for me was having a little fire in the woods and sitting around it. It was so exciting. It meant you could go out, even on a cold day. It connected me to the outdoors more. Even today, when I’m hundreds of miles from anywhere, just in the wilderness somewhere, as soon as you light a fire, it just makes it feel like a home."
One of his specialties is the art of making and using fire and as a boy he set out to learn every method used to conjure it. In more recent years he realised that fire making was a much neglected subject so he made it his mission to travel the world more, often to the most remote corners, to meet people who still directly interact with fire from a traditional sense, to learn from and to record their wisdom. This unique combination has enabled him to master some of the most extraordinary fire-making techniques from across the globe and gain a unique insight into what fire means to the human race. In 2017 and 2018 his first book was published as 'The Art Of Fire' by Penguin Random House in the UK and across the Commonwealth, 'Fire Making' by The Experiment in the United States and by the end of 2018 will be available worldwide in eight different languages. Find out more about the book here.
As well as providing courses and bespoke services, in between expeditions Daniel also attends various events whenever he can. You can catch the latest and upcoming news here. He also regularly writes articles for blogs and magazines around the web. So make sure you keep your eyes peeled for interesting tales and tips!