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

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"With advice on not just getting along, but truly reconnecting with the great outdoors, Dave Canterbury's treasure trove of world-renowned wisdom and experience comes to life within these pages." --Bustle

 

A New York Times Bestseller in Sports and Travel!

 

The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry!

 

Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on:

 

Choosing the right items for your kit.
Manufacturing needed tools and supplies.
Collecting and cooking food.
Protecting yourself from the elements.

 

With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.

"Will take you from novice, to knowledgeable."-- Secrets of Survival

 

"Almost without equal... contains some of the most helpful survival tips out there."-- HiConsumption

 

Table of Contents:

Introduction -- Part 1. Gearing up -- Chapter 1. Your Pack -- The Five Cs -- Packs: An Overview -- Carrying Your Wool Blankets -- Rucksacks -- Pack Frames -- Pack Baskets -- Tumplines -- Haversacks -- Personal Carry Kit for the Traveler Afoot -- Tips and Tricks for Your Pack -- Chapter 2. Tools -- Knives -- Knife Safety/Safe Grips -- Batoning -- Notches -- Shear Cuts -- Knife Care -- Saws -- Saw Safety -- Saw Care -- Axes -- Grinds -- Safe Handling and Use -- Splitting Firewood -- Processing Firewood -- Felling -- Limbing -- Bucking and Notching -- Batoning the Axe -- Axe Care and Sharpening -- Always Carry Wedges -- Tips and Tricks for Your Tools -- Chapter 3. Rope, Cordage, Webbings, and Knots -- Cords -- Rope -- Webbing -- Mule Tape -- Making Natural Cordage -- Basic and Useful Camp Knots -- Lashings, Bindings, and Toggles -- Tips and Tricks for Rope and Cordage -- Chapter 4. Containers and Cooking Tools -- Water Bottles/Canteens -- Cups -- Pots -- Pot Hanging -- Skillets -- Meat Rotisserie -- Planks -- Tools for Food Handling -- Cooking Irons -- Stoves and Burners -- Tips and Tricks for Cooking in the Field -- Chapter 5. Coverage -- Tarps and Tarp Tents -- Polypropylene and Silnylon -- Canvas -- Oilcloth -- Ground Pads -- Browse Bags -- Emergency Thermal Blankets -- Hammocks -- Sleeping Bags -- Wool Blankets -- Natural Shelters -- Tips and Tricks for Smarter Coverage -- Chapter 6. Combustion -- Lighters -- Ferrocerium Rods -- Magnification Lens (Sun Glass) -- Knife/Axe Blades -- Friction Fire (Sticks) -- Charring Tins -- Tips and Tricks for Safe, Successful Fires -- Part 2. In the Bush -- Chapter 7. Setting up Camp -- The Four Ws -- Camp Hygiene -- Tarps and Tarp Setup -- Firecraft -- Starting Materials -- Fire Lays -- Long Fires -- Dakota Fire Pits -- Keyhole Fires -- Tips and Tricks for Your Camp -- Chapter 8. Navigating Terrain -- Compasses -- Basic Compass Use -- Understanding Terrain Features and Maps -- Orienting the Map -- Measuring Distance and Taking Bearings -- Five Navigation Methods Every Woodsman Should Know -- Reverse or Back Azimuths -- Determining Distance When Traveling -- Finding Yourself (Self Mapping) -- Obstacles -- PAUL (Positive Azimuth Uniform Layout) Method -- Figuring Daylight Hours -- Tips and Tricks for Successful Navigation -- Chapter 9. Trees: The Four-Season Resource -- Pines -- Willows and Poplars -- Black Walnut -- Sassafras -- Oaks -- Tips and Tricks for Making Use of Trees -- Chapter 10. Trapping and Processing Game -- Understanding Trap Components -- Creating Sign Posts -- Bait for Trapping -- Modern Traps -- Improvised Trapping Materials -- The Basics of Upland Trapping -- Baiting Traps -- Water Trapping -- Specialty Sets -- Primitive Trapping -- Deadfall Traps -- Bird Traps -- Small Trapping Kits -- Fishing with Improvised Rods and Tenkara -- Processing Small Game -- Processing Other Game -- Preserving Meat -- Tips and Tricks for Successful Trapping -- Conclusion -- Appendix A. The Pathfinder Concept: Conserving and Utilizing Resources -- Appendix B. Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants -- Appendix C. Bush Recipes -- Appendix D. Glossary -- Index.
0.7" H x 8.3" L x 5.4" W
256 pages
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