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Bushcraft 101

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Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 will get you prepared for your next trip into the back country. Bushcraft is packed full of advice for making the most of your time outdoors. Canterbury focuses on the 5Cs of Survivability; cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordage. This incredible guide teaches only the most important survival skills to allow you to craft resources from your surroundings and truly get the most out of your wilderness experience.

Learn Things Like

How to choose the right items for your kit.

Skills like manufacturing needed tools and supplies.

How to collect and cook food.

Ways to protect yourself from the elements.

Dave Canterbury author of Bushcraft 101

Dave Canterbury is the co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School. Canterbury has been published in Self Reliance Illustrated, New Pioneer, American Frontiersman, and Trapper’s World. He has written a number of books including Bushcraft 101, Advanced Bushcraft, and The Bushcraft Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild.

The Fice Cs of Survivability

Bushcraft 101 differs from Canterbury’s other books because of a change in focus. In 101 the focus is on the skills necessary to thrive in the woods – not just those essential to emergency survival. Bushcraft 101 is based on Canterbury’s “Five Cs of Survivability” – items chosen since they are extremely hard to make in the wild and directly impact controlling your body’s core temperature. Dave’s Five Cs are:

1) Cutting Tools – necessary to manufacture needed items and process food.
2) Covering Elements – to create a micro-climate of protection from the elements.
3) Combustion Devices – for creating the fires needed not only to preserve and cook food, but also to make medicines and provide needed warmth.
4) Containers – to carry water over distances or to protect collected food sources.
5) Cordages – for bindings and lashings.

The book also shows how Dave has a “systems” mindset.

The book has sections on:
Gearing Up
Your Pack
Rope, Cordage, Webbings, and Knots
Containers and Cooking Tools
In The Bush
Setting Up Camp
Navigating Terrain
Trees: the Four-Season Resource
Trapping and Processing Game
Conserving and Utilizing resources
Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants
Bush Recipes

Dave’s detailed section on Tools is essential for people new to camping. You’ll love the “Four Ws” relating to setting up a camp – Wood, Water, Wind and Widow-makers. At 256 pages, measuring 5½ x ¾ x 8½ inches and weighing in at 10 ounces this book while full of all sorts of great information will most likely not make it into your pack.

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