There is nothing like going into the wilderness with nothing but a few basic supplies and your own wits. There’s recently been a huge surge in people learning bushcraft skills. Bushcraft is a way to enjoy nature without feeling pressure that there is a “right” or a “wrong” way of doing it. If you are doing it wrong, you’ll know it when you have to head home early because you are freezing and starving!
Fire is essential for survival in the wilderness. You need fire to: Boil water for purifying water, Cooking food, Staying warm, Warding away animals. Making a featherstick is a great way to get a fire going – especially if you are trying to make a fire in wet conditions. Making feathersticks is actually pretty fun and fairly-mindless. So you can do while sitting around camp.
Flintknapping is the ancient survival skill of being able to break rocks into tools. In this picture, it is a chunk of obsidian which has been knapped into a spear. Like most other bushcraft skills, flintknapping does take patience. It takes a steady hand and a lot of control. You’ll end up with a lot of cuts and blisters on your hands before you master the art.
3. Making Rope From Plants.
Rope is another one of those essential survival gear you need for tasks like making a shelter, making animal traps, or just fixing your bootlace. It takes a lot of patience to make strong rope but you’ll be glad you know how if you find yourself in a survival situation.
4. Primitive Trap.
In all honesty, you’ll probably be eating insects in a survival situation. They are the easiest to find and full of nutrients (some actually taste good too). Yet, hardcore survivalists will know the bushcraft skill of making snares and traps.
5. Making A Bark Container.
This is definitely a hardcore bushcraft skill. Let’s say that you are in the wilderness and don’t have a pot or canteen. Obviously, this is going to make some problems. You need a container for tasks like: Boiling water, Storing water, Cooking food – you can make a primitive container using birch bark.
6. Shelter Building.
Every good survivalists knows how to make a shelter in the wilderness. This is just one beautiful example of a bushcraft shelter. It still needs some more pine needles before being complete. And the fire heat reflector is a bit too far from the shelter. But, otherwise, it is well done.