Mors Kochanski joins me for a conversation about wilderness living skills, bushcraft and survival. Mors explains his background in these subjects, going right back to his school days, along with learning from his mentor Tom Roycraft, through Mors’s own unique contributions and inventions, including the super-shelter. Along the way we cover a lot of fascinating ground.
Mors has been a wilderness living skills instructor as long as I have been alive, initially under the mentorship of Tom Roycraft and later under his own steam, including holding an associate professorship at the University of Alberta. In the 1980s he wrote a book originally titled Northern Bushcraft, later retitled to just Bushcraft. His saying of “The more you know, the less you carry” has become a watchword of bushcraft.
I was long aware of Mors and I had pored over his book but I first had the opportunity to meet Mors about 10 years ago, in the late 2000s when he visited the UK. I have not had the opportunity to spend significant time with him since then, although we have communicated.
In June 2019 I was fortunate enough to fly to Alberta, Canada for the Global Bushcraft Symposium, where I was honoured to be invited as a keynote speaker. This was exciting enough for me but more exciting still was to have the opportunity to spend some time with Mors and the other elders of bushcraft, survival and traditional skills.
As well as various ad-hoc conversations, I took the opportunity to sit down with Mors to record a podcast and I present this recording to you here.
Our conversation forms Episode 42 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…
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