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?