The Stuff of Life

The Stuff of Life
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Why All Preppers Should Also Practice Bushcraft For Their Long-Term Survival

Filling your shelves, storages and caches with food, water and basic supplies is a vital part of being prepared. In essence, you are assuring that in the event of natural or man-made disasters, you and your loved ones will have what you need to survive 72 hours and beyond. But, if you were faced with long-term catastrophic events or had to evacuate (bug-out), you should have plenty of skills to face the unknown conditions you may be heading into.

Bushcraft skills are gaining in popularity, but many people have been practicing this craft for years. Bushcraft is about leaving your manmade environment and heading out into nature and having the skills, ability, know-how and confidence to survive and thrive. Some of the skills practiced include hunting and fishing, tracking, foraging, water collecting, container making, shelter building, tool crafting, cordage making and a gambit of other primitive living skills. Bushcraft can be done with supplies and kits or with nothing but what nature provides or something in between.

In addition to your core preps, prepared-minded people should begin to acquire bushcraft skills. Read books, watch videos and take classes whenever and wherever you are able to. Bushcraft should be learned and practiced and then continuously and consistently practiced. You are never an expert as you are always an apprentice in nature. Mother nature predicts your conditions and you must have the skills, the knowledge and the survivor mindset to improvise, adapt and overcome the ever-changing environmental conditions.

Bushcraft can be something you set out to do as a hobby and you may find a passion that you didn't know you even had. There is something very primal about being away from and disconnected from our social world and going back to our ancestral roots out in nature. People frequently describe the experience as feeling small with respect to the vastness that is wilderness. I would describe the experience differently. I would describe the experience as feeling profoundly larger than life. What is more alive than quieting the mind, putting down all of our technological gadgetry and being both still and quiet while the sounds of "real life" surround you? Nature is "real life." The life we are all living right now is nothing in comparison to what the great outdoors can provide.

Never go out on a deep exploration, hiking trip, camping trip or survival expedition without having had a great deal of training and following all safety precautions. And remember: even if you have been practicing bushcraft for a very long time, there is always, always more to learn and continue to practice. In the end, none of us have guarantees on life, but having these skills will most definitely give you a leg up on survival odds.

So, if this is a path you think you would like to take, I encourage you to begin exploring bushcraft for many reasons, but most importantly because it will provide you a degree of knowledge to add to your preps that food storage and ham radios can't provide.

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