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Photos from Bushcraft And Survival's post 15/04/2020

Highlights from 2019, belatedly but it's been an odd start to the year so far!

11/04/2020

Anyone got any useful take away from the panic and pandemic?

For me, i underestimated quite how many people would be "exercising" in the countryside. Places that I have known for over 15 years and never once seen another person there were crowded with people also looking for a bit of pleasant isolation.

If you had a plan to bug out in an emergency, better re-evaluate the place that you intend to bug out to.

Another thing that surprised me was how easily we have all, globally, allowed our personal freedom to be taken away at the stroke of a pen. We all went along with it because it seemed as though it was a good idea but it's worrying because it was so easy, perhaps this may not be the last time we are placed under house arrest like this.

The social contract appears to be stronger than I thought as here in the UK people still queue patiently at the food shops and generally, pay some attention to the government polices surrounding staying at home and social distancing. Not everyone of course but for the most part, people are playing along. I wonder how much longer for though. Open ended confinement in the midst of an economic shutdown and one of the hottest easter's that i can remember, i wonder how much longer this will last.

A few things to watch out for in the coming days, weeks and months.

1) A second wave of a mutated covid-19 which may (or may not) be more virulent than the first. The second wave of Spanish Flu was the killer wave. The first was not too bad)

2) Government over-reach - Open ended house arrest, spotty police enforcement utilising drones, checkpoints and even bag searches outside shops (to determine if you bought what they consider essentials items only) have all been reported. Google and Apple are now handing over tracking data from your phone's so that the government can more easily see where people are going and what they are doing.

3) The health implications of being trapped inside, unemployed (and unable to go out to find work) and unable to do business should not be underestimated. Su***de is very likely to increase as the financial pressure mounts for some. Keep your mental health in shape and do not allow yourself to slide backwards into depression or anxiety. Stop reading or listening to the legacy media as they seek to capitalise on current events, it will only scare you so dont bother with it.

Read books. I have a kindle for this sort of thing because I can fill it with hundreds of books and they all weight the same. It's easy to get new books and it takes just a few seconds to get a new book. This will take your mind of things, entertain you, teach you new things and it's good for the soul anyway so just read, please.

4) Continue to maintain a good supply of long lasting food and other essentials, we are not in the clear yet and you should. Do not panic buy, just buy a little extra of everything each time you go to the shop and go out to buy more before you run out.

As always, and this was the case before Covid-19, you should be able to be self sufficient for about 4 weeks.
This means Food, Water, Medications and anything else that you need at home so that you can ride out an emergency without having to leave the house.

During the panic buying phase of the current pandemic, it became very clear that most people, not you of course, had absolutely no idea what they were doing, those people pushing trolley's around full of toilet paper are idiots but then there are those that bought 60 packets of pasta or 57 bags of rice and nothing to go with them.

When your food shopping for your stash, buy in recipes, not single items. If your going to buy a bag of rice, then what are you having with that rice? Look up some recipe's and then see if you can get long lasting variants of the ingredients.

Don't forget the condiments. Salt, Pepper, Tabasco and Ketchup can transform a bland, souls destroying meal into lekker, tasty, enjoyable moment that could be the highlight of the day.

5) Those of you with a "go-bag" or "bug-out bag", check it, make sure it has what you need and only what you need and keep it ready. We are not through this yet and the time may still come in which you may need to leave the house.

Also, with the entire western world all confined to their homes, there is an increased risk of house fires and people are simply in their houses and most house fires are caused by people doing stupid things. Take extra care around the house but be aware that your neighbours may not be so careful and could start a house fire that you can do nothing about and you may have to leave.

Chin up, hopefully this will all blow over soon. The daily statistics look like the virus is progressing at a reasonable rate and there are positive signs that the majority of infected people are asymptomatic (they have no symptoms) which means that the pool of available hosts to infect is getting smaller. This virus might just burn itself out before long. Let's hope so.

I'd like to hear about your own observations about how things have panned out vs how you thought they would before this started, let me know with a comment below.

Survival psychology: the won't to live | The Psychologist 27/01/2019

An interesting read

Survival psychology: the won't to live | The Psychologist Cognition underlies all our behaviour including survival behaviour. Yet, when life is threatened, cognitive function becomes impaired. This article examines current research into the role of working memory and executive function in survival situations and attempts to shed light on why so many people...

Photos from Bushcraft And Survival's post 05/01/2019

It´s not all about living in the woods. Staying in rented cottages with wood stoves is an opportunity to dig into the bushcraft tool kit.

Most woodstove owners, especially in holiday cottages, never have any tinder or if they do it will be newspaper or chemical firelighters.

A few minutes and you can have that wood stove going with some beautifully made feather sticks that always work.

Jay made this on her first ever attempt!

01/01/2019

Wearing muted colours, greens and browns really makes a difference when you want to be unseen.

Blending in is important when you want to maintain a small footprint, move quietly without disturbing your surroundings and not be spotted by prying eyes.

Nice waterfall too!

29/12/2018

Went to the mountains, took a sword in case of orcs.

25/11/2018

Can´t say that I recommend training like this but it´s a good demonstration of a good technique to recovering from a fall through the ice.

Note that he turns to face the direction that he walked in from. This is because he knows that the ice is thick enough to support his weight in that direction.

When you fall through, turn to face the direction that you came from and get out that way. Sometimes, there will be ice all around you and the temptation will be to climb out onto the closest ice, don´t.

24/11/2018

Usnea, or ¨Old Man's Beard¨ is a lichen that is perfect for lighting fires and it´s not hard to see how it got it´s common name

23/11/2018
Photos from Bushcraft And Survival's post 07/10/2018

Sooner or later, you will have to sweep a floor or a road and you won't have anything to sweep with.

You can make a decent broom with no tools and just a bit of dead Silver Birch Tree and Pine root in about ten minutes.

Step 1: Gather some dead Birch twigs, the thinner the better until you have a big bundle of them. Pick out the loose bits and any leaves and try to get them all pointing in the same direction.

Step 2: Find a long, straight stick to use as a handle.

Step 3: Find a pine tree and dig around the ground underneath it until you find a thin root. Pine roots are very strong and flexible but not indestructible so carefully dig it out with your hands or a stick until you have uncovered enough of it, 2 to 3 meters will probably be enough. If not, you can always come back and get more.

Step 4: Bind it all together, tightly and tuck the loose end of the Pine root in on itself to make it secure.

Step 5: Sweep the floor

Be The Most Dangerous Animal In The Forest | Training That Makes You Harder To Kill 07/09/2018

A warriors deadliest weapon is their mind The more time that you spend in the woods, the more in tune you become with the environment. You begin to see things that you had not noticed before, you hear things that you could not hear and you smell things that you could not smell before and eventually, you will begin to sense the presence of other animals, including humans before you can see, hear or smell them. [ 1,590 more word ]
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Be The Most Dangerous Animal In The Forest | Training That Makes You Harder To Kill A warriors deadliest weapon is their mind The more time that you spend in the woods, the more in tune you become with the environment. You begin to see things that you had not noticed before, you hear things that you could not hear and you smell things that you …

Photos from Bushcraft And Survival's post 27/08/2018

Can you light a fire in the pouring rain?
Yes, it´s not difficult in the warm sunshine and longer summer days but during (or after) some very heavy rain, when everything is soaking or sodden and the rain is coming down so hard it bounces up off the ground and seems to be ¨raining up¨?

The secret is to plan ahead and think big. Pick up good tinder when you find it, not just before you need it, that way you can pick it up when it is mostly dry (before the storm comes) and even if it is a bit wet, you can store it in your clothing so that your body heat will dry it.

Starting and maintaining a fire needs just three things,

1) Oxygen
2) Fuel
3) Energy

In the rain, you need more of all three, much more.

Select the very best firewood that you have available, it must be good and dry on the inside. It´s fine to use wood that is wet on the outside but if it is wet on the inside (rotten) then it is no good.

Start with a good, thick, dry platform of sticks or split logs raise your tinder from the wet ground and to give you a strong ember base early on.

When you light your tinder, have the driest kindling, lots of it, ready to add to the fire first, this will give the energy some much needed fuel and in large amounts, it will help to shield the fragile first flames from the rain drops that will be attracted to the fledgling flame like a magnet.

Then continue to add lots of fuel in increasing larger sized pieces of wood until the fire begins to grow and to strengthen.

A lot of excess heat will be escaping through the top part of your fire place at this stage, use this excess heat to dry the rest of you fire wood by stacking it on top.

This way, it will already be dry when it´s turn comes to burn and will not take energy out of the fire to evaporate the rain water off the wood prior to burning (the usual cause of difficulty in fire lighting in the rain)

Stack all of your remaining firewood around the base of the fire to drive the water from it and keep it dry, even during heavy rain. Just make sure it is not too close or it will all burn at once and you will need to go out and collect more.

You will likely need to manage the supply of oxygen and fuel differently in the rain. In dry conditions, you can just stack it up and let it burn naturally and it will be fine but in the rain you can end up with a hollow centre if there is too much oxygen (large gaps) between the pieces of firewood.

Watch the colour and volume of smoke. A ¨cool¨ fire that has a relatively low temperature will produce lots and lots of white smoke. If you have a lot of white smoke then the fire has not yet reached it´s optimum temperature to achieve a ¨self sustaining¨, strong fire.

When the smoke thins out and starts to look normal, your fire is strong and hot and ready.

Lighting a fire in the rain, even torrential rain, is not that difficult to do once you know how and have practised it....a lot.

It is a very useful and often life saving skill to know and to master and is something that we should all know how to do.

I practise this as often as I can, if I am wondering weather to go to the woods during to free time but am reluctant because it is raining, I use this as my reason to go out into the cold rain, If you can light a fire in torrential downpours then you can light a fire anywhere and in any conditions.

Add a tarp and have your fire under the tarp and you can sit in a warm, dry place while the rain pours from the heaven around you and you can experience a part of life that most people avoid.

My favourite sound in the whole world is the sound of heavy rain, pitter pattering on my tarp while I sit underneath in the warm, dry homely space that I have created for myself.

While others around you loose their heads and start running for the car or a house, you can experience the freedom of knowing that it does not matter if it rains, you can take care of yourself in any weather.

Women in the Wilderness | Training That Makes You Harder To Kill 20/08/2018

I speak with lot´s of women about the Great Outdoors and have trained, worked with and been trained by some amazingly talented women who really have their acts together in the world of Buschraft. Bushcraft, the art of living outdoors, seems to come naturally to women and no camp is the same without the feminine touches that a thoughtful woman provides. [ 1,608 more word ]
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Women in the Wilderness | Training That Makes You Harder To Kill Women in the Wilderness, What holds women back and why thriving in the wilderness requires both Men and Women to suceed

19/08/2018

Salami is a fantastic food to take out with you. It is high in fat, protein and salt and tastes amazing when you kebab it over a fire.

You don´t need to refrigerate it, it remains good to eat even after days and days of hot weather and it seems to last for months if you need it to.

For emergency food, it is hard to beat and can be supplemented with other, foraged foods that you can easily find such as these Chanterelle mushrooms.

I often keep a salami in my backpack for emergencies and just for a quick snack when i need to eat something quickly.

Wilderness Warrior, Carpathian Mountains | Training That Makes You Harder To Kill 18/08/2018

Back in July 2018, I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Infinite Man Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. The event is aimed at men who wish to work on themselves to become better people, have better health, better relationships, better jobs, better businesses and awaken their higher selves and tune in to the world around them and their place in it. [ 1,722 more word ]
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Wilderness Warrior, Carpathian Mountains | Training That Makes You Harder To Kill Back in July 2018, I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Infinite Man Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. The event is aimed at men who wish to work on themselves to become better people, have better health, better relationships, better jobs, better businesses and awaken their higher selves …

18/08/2018

Having a look around a new campsite to see which other animals had been there yielded some interesting finds.

Lynx droppings, white because of the calcium rich diet and full of animal hair and bones.

Animals (including humans) often leave very detailed accounts of what they were doing in an area and if you know what to look for you can read the land and build a mental picture the activity of animals, how long ago they were there and what they were doing when they were there.

This is extremely useful when looking for food yourself. Because we knew that a lynx had been there and we knew what it had been eating, we knew which types of prey animals were in the area that we could trap and eat ourselves.

Combine this with being able to identify tracks and trails and you have a fighting chance of finding a decent meal.

Timeline photos 15/08/2018
Photos from Bushcraft And Survival's post 13/08/2018

Right, Who wants to go on wild adventure in Podocarpus national park, Ecuador?

I am in the early stages of developing a plan for a course there and I have not got to the details yet however the rough plans so far seems to be this.

Meet at and stay the night at some small cottages in a secluded retreat on the edge of the park.

The following morning, head into the park on horseback to our camp in the jungle

From there you will be taught the full range of skills needed to live in the jungle, eat, find food, water, washing in the rivers and lakes before setting off on a 3 day trek to test your self finally arriving back in the secluded retreat from which you started.

That will all take approx 7 days and then there will be opportunities to relax or take part in some of the local activities, yoga, meditation, that sort of thing.

Does this sound exciting to you?

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