Survival


FireFire is so much more than a source of heat or a means to cook food. Sitting around a roaring fire is associated with so many things eg. family, community, celebration. But in terms of survival and longer term bushcrafting, fire is essential. (more…)

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Birch Trees in SpringLate March to early April would have been a delight to our ancestors. After a long, cold winter with food reserves running low, the first signs of spring would have been welcome, none more so than sweet, nutritious Birch Sap. (more…)

Sweet chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts and more...Autumn brings with it an abundance of foods. The woods are alive with the dash to get ready for winter. The forest floor is covered in a carpet of sweet chestnuts and hazelnuts. The perfect feast for small mammels. Scurryings and scuttlings, a nibble here, a cache there.

And deep in the woods, wounds on the pine trees bleed sap down their bark. (more…)

Yukon Wilderness

Did anyone watch Alone in the Wild? Ed Wardle dropped off in the Yukon’s “unforgiving wilderness” with the aim of surviving alone, with basic provisions, until winter. He lasted 50 days. (more…)

Water Droplets

Essential for life on Earth

Apache Indians and many other indigenous cultures around the world regarded water as the Earth Mother’s blood. They afforded it great respect and prevented polluting the lakes and rivers. During modern times this respect has all but disappeared.

Many of our rivers and lakes are polluted through the works of industry, agriculture and many other “benefits” of modern living. (more…)

Desert FootprintsHumans can get lost quite easily. In terrain with a lack of landmarks to aim for, we end up walking around in circles. And in this instance, it’s our own bodies letting us down. (more…)

Debris ShelterIn our quest to reconnect with nature we must first relearn how to physically survive outdoors. We spend much of our lives in enclosed spaces. We have become complacent about controlling temperature in our environment; turning the central heating up when it gets cold, switching the air conditioner on when it gets warm. But in the wilderness, there are no easy switches for adjusting the temperature. (more…)