December 9, 2011

DIY black plastic tarp

After getting tired of the cheapness of the cheap poly tarps you can get for $8-12 at any store, I went looking for a DIY project to make my own tarp on the cheap.

November 2, 2011

Kepis Bushcraft: Pencil Sharpener

Great idea Kepis!

Kepis Bushcraft: Pencil Sharpener: One of the items i carry in my fire kit is a pencil sharpener, why?, you may ask, well it's pretty simple really, the addition of a sharpener...

October 26, 2011

In response to "I am confused about bushcraft"

Ross Gilmore wrote recently on his Woodland Trekker blog regarding the mentality of modern-day bushcrafters, and their attempts to recreate 1800's technology and experiences to become "true" to bushcraft. While he claims his post is his ramblings on the subject, he brings up some good points that I would like to write on.

October 11, 2011

Day hike with Gunguy22 of

Got a message while back from Gunguy22 via forums. He's the author of He had read one of my messages, and saw that we were from the same town in Colorado. We decided to try to get together for a bushcraft day. Our schedules allowed a day hike, which is what we did.

October 8, 2011

Mora knife sheath mod

I love my Mora Clipper knife. It's the perfect bushcraft knife, and the cost is perfect, at just under $20 including shipping. I've had it and used it for about 6 months now. Recently I filed the spine on the blade to a sharp right angle, so it was easier to strike my ferrocerium rod. Now it's about time I did something to modify my sheath.

October 1, 2011


In watching videos and reading forums, there are a lot of knots you can know how to tie. But in looking further into the subject, I realized there are many redundancies when it comes to knots. Knots can be categorized, and as such you find you only need to know about 4-5 specific knots, for most situations.

September 23, 2011

Email subscription

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Am I armed?

I have found in studying bushcraft, there are at least two schools of thought when it comes to arming yourself for protection. One mindset is that you should not bring protection, because it distances you from nature, puts you outside its realm. If it so be that you are prey to some larger predator, you become part of the so-called circle of life.

I have serious issues with that thought process. Mainly, every animal, and even many plants, will defend themselves until death. They have some defense mechanism that they can do or use against anyone or anything that would try to eat them. Why should man be so different? Well man IS different! We have evolved, we have learned to use and make tools. Weapons are a tool, doesn't matter if it's a knife, spear, a bow, or a gun.

September 22, 2011

Rules of three

I was thinking about where to start in my journey of learning bushcraft skills. I am a logical person, and prefer a certain logical order and progression when I learn new things. For me, using the rules of three is a logical progression for studying and skill building.

Many have heard about the rules of three when it comes to survival. The rules of three are simple and easy to remember. There are other additions some have made to the list, but for my purposes these three priorities will suffice. On average, you can live:
  1. 3 hours without shelter
  2. 3 days without water
  3. 3 weeks without food

My 2011 gear list

I have finally gathered my loaded out pack of gear, and have been learning things from blogs and videos across the web, as well as my own experiences and failures. I have slowly collected almost everything I think I need. I have tested much of it in a few camp outs we've had this summer. So here is my gear list, with a quick explanations within.

Tinder - Cotton balls and wax

In building my fire kit, I stopped at Sportsman's Warehouse recently and picked up Coghlan's Flint Striker for around $4. I needed some tinder and from what I read online, cotton balls and Vaseline work good. The problem was the only cotton balls I could find were at the bottom of a box we had in our bathroom, and had a few years worth of haircut shavings embedded in them. I knew my wife would kill me if I dipped these cotton balls in her Vaseline.

May 3, 2011

Online Classes

I just found an awesome resource for learning and feedback from instructors across the world. It's called Bushclass, and it's found on They are still developing the curriculum, but the class is looking to be extensive. There are simple lessons with Youtube videos demonstrating an activity, and student forums to post your results from practice.

Register for a free account, and get started!

April 25, 2011

What is Bushcraft?

It goes by many names, bushcraft, minimalist camping, primative skills, etc. But can you really explain what it is to someone with no knowledge of it?

During my TDY in 2010-2011, I mentioned to my wife that when I returned to Colorado I was going to develop my minimalist camping skills. She said that sounds like fun, and I should involve the kids in it as well. I asked if she would like to try it too. She replied that she didn't want to be cold. I asked her to explain what she meant, and she said, "That's what they do on those shows you watch." She was expecting to go get lost in the wilderness with very few supplies, and try to get back to safety. I realized I hadn't explained it well enough.

April 24, 2011

Why did I get started in Bushcraft?

In the last few camping trips I've taken with my family, we filled up the bed of my Toyota T-100, and headed up into the Rocky Mountains. I realized during the loading and unloading time that we take substantial amount of gear just for a few days of "being away from it all." I realize most of the gear taken was for comforts of the family, but that's when the bushcraft bug bit me. Do I really need all this stuff to live comfortably in the wilderness for a few days?