A Case for the Old Ways of Doing Things
After watching legends Les Stroud and Ray Mears apply primitive craft to survive, I was impressed. I love to backpack, hunt, and camp. I figured that some additional, basic knowledge of bushcraft would only help me be better prepared, so I set about learning some of those skills.
You might ask, "Why would someone go to the trouble of, for example, learning how to make a fire by friction, when there are far simpler ways?" I, for one, plan to carry a small lightweight lighter, but the process helped me to understand the basic steps better; if you can ignite a flame with a bow drill, they you’ll be better prepared to be successful with a ferrocerium rod, matches, lighter, or whatever you have (or don't have).
Ultimately, I came away with a stronger belief in myself and my abilities, in addition to a greater understanding of the tools and principles. These have in turn, made me a better outdoorsman, and I recommend for any outdoor lover, to take the time to learn more...
Feb 4, 2020