10 top tips for bushcraft

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phill_ue

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:confused:

cheers,
Toddy
You learn skills as you go along, a top tip saying this is how you must put your tarp up or to always have you knife razor sharp may not be easily reached straight away as it is a skill that is learnt through repetition and time practising.

Tips are more along the lines of something that will make your life easier and yet can be achieved if only you think about it and apply yourself. Tips are things like filling your flask last thing at night so that your water is good and hot in the morning and you can bring it back to the boil rapidly for that all important brew!
 

MrEd

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You learn skills as you go along, a top tip saying this is how you must put your tarp up or to always have you knife razor sharp may not be easily reached straight away as it is a skill that is learnt through repetition and time practising.

Tips are more along the lines of something that will make your life easier and yet can be achieved if only you think about it and apply yourself. Tips are things like filling your flask last thing at night so that your water is good and hot in the morning and you can bring it back to the boil rapidly for that all important brew!
and things like not getting in your hammock without having a pis* first
 

Toddy

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You learn skills as you go along, a top tip saying this is how you must put your tarp up or to always have you knife razor sharp may not be easily reached straight away as it is a skill that is learnt through repetition and time practising.

Tips are more along the lines of something that will make your life easier and yet can be achieved if only you think about it and apply yourself. Tips are things like filling your flask last thing at night so that your water is good and hot in the morning and you can bring it back to the boil rapidly for that all important brew!

My :confused: was over the comment that, "everybody is suggesting skills "
Look at post 12 for instance .

cheers,
Toddy
 

Toddy

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It's actually quite interesting to see the different approaches to the question.
For a long while mainstream teaching seemed not to teach at all but to create environments where children learned for themselves.
Sounds good, but in practice too many children ended up with scatterbrains and no constructive discipline in their behaviour.

Imagine that in a bushcraft situation :rolleyes: and we'd have miserable kids never wanting to go back out again :sigh: Little bits of advice can have an inordinate effect.
Like, the pot lid *will* be hot, or those nettles *will* sting, that knife is sharp don't test it on your brother, or if you don't tie those laces you *will* tangle your feet and coup........not quite the umbrella / eye out with, but the idea is sound.


cheers,
Toddy
 

spiritwalker

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Jun 22, 2009
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always carry a wide mouthed nalgene bottle with P tippexed on the top so you never need leave your sleeping bag or hammock for a slash
 

phill_ue

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It's actually quite interesting to see the different approaches to the question.
For a long while mainstream teaching seemed not to teach at all but to create environments where children learned for themselves.
Sounds good, but in practice too many children ended up with scatterbrains and no constructive discipline in their behaviour.

Imagine that in a bushcraft situation :rolleyes: and we'd have miserable kids never wanting to go back out again :sigh: Little bits of advice can have an inordinate effect.
Like, the pot lid *will* be hot, or those nettles *will* sting, that knife is sharp don't test it on your brother, or if you don't tie those laces you *will* tangle your feet and coup........not quite the umbrella / eye out with, but the idea is sound.


cheers,
Toddy
Those are tips though, exactly as they are! No skill in not picking up a hot piece of metal!
 

forestwalker

Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)
1. Think *first*. Is this *really* a good idea? What could/will happen if I do this?
2. The whole idea is to enjoy yourself.
3. Learn. There are always things you can learn, things you can do better. Anyone claiming to be perfect is a charlatan.
4. Don't let the best be the enemy of the good.
5. Respect the environment and other people.
6. Think. Yes, this is on the list twice. For a reason.
 

ScotchDave

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Jan 6, 2010
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Learn how to keep tools sharp.

Always have a FAK that's more complete than you think you need.

Always have a back-up sharp.

Always, Always, ALWAYS: take paracord and lots of it!

Always tell someone where you're going and when you're planning on being back.

Always turn your torch on IN your pocket before taking it out. That way if you drop it you'll see it more easily.

I'll think of another 4 and get back to you,

Dave

One more: knives are like cars, never touch alcohol before use!