Bushcrafting: The Lost Art

One of the ideas that should be tied to prepping is the ability to survive.  I know we all like to think about how we would act if a certain situation happened, but how many of us know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we could in fact survive if something happened?  If you lost your preps, what would you do?

Bushcrafting is an area of survival skills that I have been looking into.  It is something that we actually did as boy scouts and I used to love it.  Here is the Wikipedia definition of it:

Bushcraft is a long-term extension of survival skills. A popular term for wilderness skills in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the term was popularized in the southern hemisphere by Les Hiddins (The Bush Tucker Man) in Australia as well as in the northern hemisphere by Mors Kochanski and recently gained considerable currency in the United Kingdom due to the popularity of Ray Mears and his bushcraft and survival television programmes. It is also becoming popular in urban areas; areas where the average person is separated from nature.

Bushcraft is about surviving and thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of ancient skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include; firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter building, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, rope and twine-making, and many others. These are the kinds of skills well known to our ancient predecessors, many of which are still practiced today as an everyday skill amongst aboriginal and native peoples around the world.

Bushcraft contains all of the skills that you need to survive when you only have the bare minimum of resources.  It puts you back before technology when a person depended on their ability to live off the land.  It really is a neat way to build up your knowledge basis and actually put the skills to use.  We all know if the skill is unused it is undependable and no one wants their fate to depend on something that is undependable.

Some of the basic skills that are developed in bushcraft are the ability to build a fire, the ability to build a shelter, and the ability to find food.  These skills are all essential in ensuring the survival of a person.  There have been several schools that have opened up that teach this skill in various parts of the world.  In addition, there are multiple books that will give the reader an overview of skills that are needed to survive.  Since we are not merely wanting to know how to survive, we need to practice all of the skills sets that we have learned in prepping.

Go out in the country side and see how your knowledge of survival translates into practical skills.  Can you make a snare to catch food?  Are you able to start a fire without modern convenience?  Can you build your own shelter?

If you are unsure, then you will want to pack some back up provisions in case the theory has a harder time turning into reality.  No one wants you to get injured or die trying to prove that what you read was correct.  Use the backup supplies as a last resort, but try and survive on using only your wits.  We did this in boy scouts as teenagers, so I know it is possible.

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

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