We recently received some feedback (let’s call it that for the purposes of this entry), from an individual who wished to point out that what we post online (and what he believes we are attempting to portray ourselves as), directly conflicts with his preconception of “bushcraft”.
Now, let’s agree that not everyone agrees on the definition of “living” (especially in the bush/backcountry). Does “living” in the bush have a literal meaning and a start and end date? Must one live uncomfortably to adhere to an ideal? What “skills” are measured to assess one’s capabilities in the backcountry and how? Is there a minimum amount of gear to take with you to guarantee you can live sustainably? Is it six, or maybe only three pieces of equipment/gear that can assist you in “living” comfortably in the woods?
Recently, I was tapped by a friend on our Instagram feed to elaborate on #3bushskills that I’ve learned over the last few years. I thought about it a bit, and finally decided on three things that are of great importance while traversing pretty much any terrain in the World. Not all may be atypically associated with the idea of “bushcraft”, but they are definitely three things that I have come to value for their importance while in the backcountry. They have also been learned by me through experience (sometimes without mercy.)
I’m hoping to make this a multi-part entry, as there is still so much to be learned and outdoor skills can’t possibly be summed-up into only three sub-categories.