By Dave Canterbury

The final source for experiencing the backcountry!

Written by way of survivalist professional Dave Canterbury, "Bushcraft a hundred and one" will get you prepared in your subsequent backcountry journey with recommendation on taking advantage of some time open air. in line with the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting instruments, overlaying, combustion units, packing containers, and cordages--this worthy consultant deals in basic terms an important survival abilities that will help you craft assets out of your atmosphere and really event the wonder and thrill of the desolate tract. inside of, you will additionally detect designated info on:

  • Choosing the ideal goods on your kit.
  • Manufacturing wanted instruments and supplies.
  • Collecting and cooking food.
  • Protecting your self from the elements.

With Canterbury's advice, you will not just arrange your self for any weather and state of affairs, you are going to additionally easy methods to use the paintings of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in methods you might have by no means imagined.

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