Snow Trench – The Quickest Winter Survival Shelter?

A blizzard is coming in and you’re out there in the wilderness. You need to quickly build some sort of shelter to protect you from the elements, snow, windchill and freezing temperatures, to keep you safe during the night. Using only the basic equipment most hikers or outdoors adventurers would have on them, I showContinue reading “Snow Trench – The Quickest Winter Survival Shelter?”

Mini Gray Man Every Day Carry (EDC)

All the basic survival essentials in a small pouch, subtly disguised as something innocuous which can be carried or worn in daily life at work or at the gym, etc. The gray man (grey man UK) technique is a way of disguising the individual and their equipment , but it means that the most importantContinue reading “Mini Gray Man Every Day Carry (EDC)”

Home-Made Snow Camo – a wearable work of art

How to make snow camouflage at home. Basic arts and crafts applied to a bushcraft or wilderness winter environment. Especially useful if you find yourself, like in The Long Dark, in extreme winter conditions and you’re unprepared yet you need to hunt or use evasive techniques to avoid detection. Simple to paint and make atContinue reading “Home-Made Snow Camo – a wearable work of art”

Axes for self-reliance, wilderness and bushcraft use

Choosing the right ax is often a difficult decision to make. A good axe can be a big investment – but it can also serve you well for many years. After more than two decades of using various types of ax at my house in a remote village in the Carpathian Mountains of East Slovakia,Continue reading “Axes for self-reliance, wilderness and bushcraft use”

Bright Colours For Bushcraft? Protecting Essential Survival Equipment

22 years of experience with living in the bush has shown me that sometimes bright colours are essential for helping to keep certain items safe and visible while out in the wilderness – as without them your survival chances drop massively. I compare certain items made to be more visible with their ordinary, darker counterparts,Continue reading “Bright Colours For Bushcraft? Protecting Essential Survival Equipment”

Vintage Bushcraft Equipment for Real Wilderness Use

This video shows bushcraft equipment (or items repurposed as such) from the period spanning from the 1930s to the 1970s. In it, I explain the pros and cons of various items – including the Swiss Mountain backpack, the Czechoslovak bedroll, the modern idea of the bushcraft knife and the traditional Scandinavian camp axe, all fromContinue reading “Vintage Bushcraft Equipment for Real Wilderness Use”