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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Bush craft – you never know when these skills will come in handy


Have you ever wondered how you would fare if you had to try and make your way in the wild? Perhaps you are the kind of person who enjoys camping and hiking in remote areas and would like to learn how to go completely native and live off the land should the need arise, or the fancy take you. If you would like to learn the secrets of how to make your home out in the open without having to find a 24 hour drive-through or a hotel in the middle of the night, then a bushcraft taster experience is a great idea.
There is a lot to learn about how to survive in the wild – even something which sounds simple, like starting a fire, can be hard when you try to do it without matches. We all know about rubbing two sticks together, but if you have ever tried it, you will know that it is not as easy as it seems and adverse weather conditions can make it even harder to manage simple things like keeping warm. A bushcraft experience will teach you how to make the most of the things you have at hand, even if at first glance you think there’s nothing which you can use. Your new knowledge will come in handy to reveal a whole world of tools, materials and even foods which you can find in wherever you happen to be and use to make yourself comfortable and, in extreme conditions, keep yourself alive.
You may have seen survivalists such as Ray Mears, Bush Tucker Man and Bear Grylls looking around a seemingly empty clearing in a forest and managing to spot the essential materials to make a fire, shelter and even a half way decent meal from whatever they can lay their hands on, and a bushcraft experience will give you those same skills. You will master basic survival techniques, learn the best place to build yourself a shelter and be sure that you make the best use of everything you may have in your pockets, sometimes in surprising ways.
So if you know a couple who love the great outdoors and would enjoy the chance to take their enthusiasm to the next level, then a bushcraft taster experience makes a perfect present. Conversely, if you know someone who is totally reliant on their local takeaway and creature comforts, a bushcraft experience could be a real eye opener and foster a love of the natural world on which they would otherwise miss out.

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