If on the other hand, you want to go into the woods, put the stew on the fire in a cast iron pot, sit back in you camp chair and do some wood carving, then find people who do that.
I haven't been on this site for long, but what's struck me is the sheer volume and weight of gear that's often discussed!
How do you blokes carry it all - mules, 4x4 - or are you 'back garden bushcrafters'?
Not picking on you Jonathan, but I see members saying I go out for a trip with an X litre pack, but the reality is different and I think for the clarity of new members we should state the actual size of pack, and not just the start off point.
New members may have idea's of wise bushcraft men going off to the local wood carrying a tiny pack or indeed wearing a loin cloth, carrying a knife and doing well, but as most know the real world is different.
Work on the Stella issue Jonathan, I can strongly suggest a three litre bag of wine, does wonders for a corn beef stew and the carrier
All this very light camping is great, but my pack in itself already weighs 4kg (external steel frame), so I tend not to think about weight too much as its heavy to begin with. If I
My pack is a haglofs 'alaska', I've never seen anyone else with it, and I havent seen it for sale since I bought it. Its very straightforward, very strong, and I'm very happy with it. here's a picture for the curious (not my site, but the only one I could find that has a picture of it). If anyone has used one I'd be curious to know what you thought of it, I think its great.
I think part of the confusion with respect to what a bushcrafter carries comes from the fact that there are two different types of bushcraft.
First, there is what used to be called bushcraft/bush skills, now mostly referred to as survivalism. That is the system that most people new to the community imagine-a person with his knife out in the woods, relying on his skills.
Lately however, bushcraft has drastically changed its definition, at least as far as I have been able to observe. These days bushcraft incorporates the practice of traditional skills which require a level of sophistication not permitted if the person was just out in the woods with his knife. Things like spoon carving, basket weaving, bow making, etc, are still traditional skills, but skills that would have been practiced in a village setting, not by a single person out in the woods.
While there is nothing wrong with practicing the above skills, too many people have come to see it as bushcraft itself. These people can spend their whole lives never being in a situation where they are more than a walking distance from a hotel or a coffee place. I personally believe, and I might be wrong, that this is the reason that the modern bushcraft knife is what it is-a dedicated woodcarving knife, rather than a more robust bush tool.
Why an underblanket - is it lighter and more efficient than a closed cell mat? Or is it neither, but just 'traditional'?
We have a a number of Hultafors Outdoor Knives with Firesteels
You can see more details here in this thread OUTDOOR KNIVES
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