Bushcraft

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A Framework For Preparing Yourself For A Survival Situation

You don’t need to look far for almost countless incident reports, news items and accounts of woe whereby ordinary folk have found themselves in difficulty in the great outdoors due to lack of basic skills and knowledge. So, how do we make sure we have the attitude, skills, knowledge and equipment to see us through […] Read more >>

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Portable Sharpening Stones: Keeping Your Edge On The Trail

When we are at home, in a cabin or a fixed camp, we can use full-sized bench stones to sharpen our cutting tools. When we are on the move, however, we do not want to be carrying full-sized stones. They have a similar density to bricks. Even a full-sized combination stone, which would provide a […] Read more >>

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Arctic Lean-To Revisited

Lean-to shelters have become one of the touchstones of bushcraft, particularly northern forest bushcraft. They are often held up as superb survival shelter – in combination with a long log fire – ideal for surviving cold conditions with limited or no sleeping equipment. This combination is indeed very effective in keeping you warm through the […] Read more >>

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Choosing And Using A Snow Shovel For Winter Camping And Travel

If you ask people to draw up a list of the equipment they think important to take with them on a winter journey or on a winter camping trip, particularly in the northern forest, they might state an axe for felling dead standing wood for firewood. They might also state a saw for sawing up that firewood into manageable lengths but… Read more >>

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Hestra Bivak Meets Lovikka: My Quest For Perfect Winter Handwear

In cold environments, a very good set of mittens is essential. A truly good set of mittens is hard to find, though. There’s a lot of tat on the market. Plus mittens that are ideal for one type of environment or activity are not necessarily ideal for another. For a long time I was looking […] Read more >>

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Rosebay Willowherb: Taking The Pith

Rosebay willowherb, Chamerion angustifolium (also known as Epilobium angustifolium) is a widespread plant of the Northern Hemisphere. Known as Fireweed to many, particularly in North America, this name reflects the plant’s appearance following forest fires and other events which leave the earth scorched. With greater light on the earth again, C. angustifolium seeds then germinate […] Read more >>

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How To Pack A Bushcraft Camping Outfit

I get a lot of people asking me how I pack all of the kit I need to take to the woods. Particularly, a while ago I wrote an article with some photographs about what I actually take with me. But I’ve had a lot of questions about it – how do I get it […] Read more >>

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Survival Foraging: A Realistic Approach

There are many edible wild plants. Leaves, shoots, flowers, berries, nuts, seeds, roots, and bark of different plants and trees can provide us with some form of sustenance at different times of the year. What’s more, foraging is fashionable, having featured on several TV programmes in recent years. Wild foods are even showing up on […] Read more >>

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Boost Your Bushcraft With Urban Botany

Urban Bushcraft is a phrase which appears to be gaining popularity. Certainly, I see and hear it more frequently now than a couple of years ago. In the UK 80% of the population live in urban areas *. It’s a similar story in other European countries – 77% in Spain, 74% in Germany, 83% in […] Read more >>

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How To Sharpen A Bushcraft Knife

There is an old adage that you are only as sharp as your knife. Consistent sharpening doesn’t require expensive or complicated equipment. All you need is a combination oil-stone and an old leather belt. And the right technique… Read more >>