The word has been used in its current sense in Australia and South Africa at least as far back as the 1800s. Bush in this sense is probably a direct adoption of the Dutch 'bosch', (now 'bos') originally used in Dutch colonies for woodland and country covered with natural wood, but extended to usage in British colonies, applied to the uncleared or un-farmed districts, still in a state of nature. Later this was used by extension for the country as opposed to the town. In Southern Africa, we get Bushman from the Dutch 'boschjesman' applied by the Dutch colonists to the natives living in the bush. In North America, where there was also considerable colonisation by the Dutch, you have the word 'bushwacker' which is close to the Dutch 'bosch-wachter' (now 'boswachter') meaning 'forest-keeper' or 'forest ranger'.
unless you live in a swamp, tropical environment or in the southwest, a machete is just about worthless. considering the average machete is 1/8 or less thick, they’re too thin for battoning. you can also forget about splitting with one since they lack the required mass, and anyone who digs with their cutting tool(s) is foolish beyond belief. digging sticks are used for that task to preserve the edge on the tool you intended to dig with. a garden trowel is better yet. if you really think you need to clear under brush and grasses, the woodsman’s pal or even the ontario rtak 2 are more practical choices. BUSHCRAFT TRIP - CANVAS TENT, WOOD STOVE, CHAIR MAKING, HOMEMADE TOOLS etc.
Harvest trees, ore, and more to become a master crafter. Use your hands, a Smithy, or a Fabricator to craft increasingly complex and powerful gear. Build a massive base using modular pieces--ranging from Thatch, to Wood, to Stone, to Metal. Customize your base by painting it and placing signs that you can actually draw on. Weapons, clothing, & armor gear can also be painted to express your own visual style.
Talk about good timing! I was just going to watch an episode of Ask Paul Kirtley as I have been wondering lately just about how much kit/gear/bells & whistles is absolutely necessary to start off with, and whether I’d gone overboard with my purchases. I was pleasantly surprised to see many items I’ve acquired to help me camp out mentioned in the article (Mora Companion, Bahco Laplander,DC4 stone, Firesteel, BCB mug).
I really like the kit, I purchased it for my dad for a birthday present, he drives a whole lot and is constantly in the middle of no where. We are both veterans and both survivelists to. The kit came in very nice packaging and is much higher quality then alot of the other kits on the market. The components are very nice and exactly what you would need to survive if you were stranded off the road and off the grid. I will be purchasing one of these for myself soon as well. Kodos to the manufacturer for putting a very high quality flashlight in the kit, it's very bright and will work well in an emergency senerio. The only thing I would add to the kit would be a red light filter for the flashlight in case light discipline needs to be used.
Long period of striving must begin. Maybe it’s gonna be long enough for you, one of a few survivors turns the once real history into nonsense in your mind. But wait, will you give up? You know struggle would make a difference. You know you remain reluctant. And only keeping alive can there be a chance for hope, though hunger, thirsty, coldness and zombies will all threat your life, other survivors may also be your enemy in cruel environment. Start to act! Craft weapons first to attack the enemies. Build the strong house and advanced equipment. And find partners to cooperate. Could the mankind society be back? Who knows?
Bushcraft is about thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of the skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter-building, navigation by natural means, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, water sourcing, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, and rope and twine-making, among others.
Have you ever looked at a wild plant or bush, and wondered if you could eat it? For the Bushcrafter, foraging is very important element to survival. All hunters and fisherman know that if it was easy, they would not call it hunting and fishing, they would call it catching. Being able to identify and eat plants without getting sick can make the difference between surviving and not surviving.
When you head for the woods, you should think about taking a pocket-sized sharpening stone. Bench stones are too heavy to carry, unless you like carrying bricks around with you. While not strictly necessary for single day out, as you can sharpen your knife on a bench stone when back home, it is good practice to have the ability to sharpen your knife while you are out and about. If you blunt your knife while out, then you’ll need a small whetstone. If you head out for an overnight stay or longer, then a small pocket whetstone for the trail should definitely be in your kit. As the old saying goes, you are only as sharp as your knife.