Archive for ‘BUSHCRAFT TRIPS’

December 30, 2013

Outdoor camping at Danau Toba Sumatra Indonesia

by kaiconfusion

 Outdoor camping – bushcraft – survival trip at lake Toba in Sumatra Indonesia making road-kill into bush-food

We had much more footage of the trip but unfortunately got our second camera stolen by some Indonesian Kids,
so this is just an just excerpt of our trip and our outdoor activities.

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Wild edibles – Bush tucker

I am very much into survival and bushcraft trips as opposed to going on a camping trip overly well equipped with all the expensive gear that outdoor stores have to offer. I also try to reduce weight in provisions so every time I do go for a trip, I am looking out for wild edible foods. Survivalists are opportunists and so have been our ancestors.
Being an opportunist is and always has been a smart effective and sustainable way of life.This time we found and collected Lucina leaves, Lemon grass, harvested a banana tree of which we not only eat the bananas cooked in hot ashes but also the centre of the trunk and made use of the leaves for cooking.
We also found and collected  bush nuts and bush passion fruits.
This time and my first time too, we found a road kill. A snake that got rolled over by a car. It must have happened just shortly before we found it. Well, it took the three of us, some minutes to consider but I decided to take it after all.
I chopped of the head, wrapped up in a banana leaf package and off we went… To cook it later that day.

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December 10, 2013

Survival bushcraft camping adventure in cold outdoors of Sweden

by kaiconfusion

About 3 weeks survival camping in cold Sweden – Applied Bushcraft skills without tent, gas or matches… No roof, no walls, no heater, no telephone, no stove, no sleeping pad…

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This story is about a Bushcraft trip we made two years ago in Sweden in November 2011. The conditions weren’t really pleasant 9,5h of daylight, temperature plummeting below zero in the night almost constant fog and cloud cover and high humidity. The last days before we walked back to civilization the lake we made camp next to started to freeze in. It’ll be hard but I’ll try not to narrate to long….

For more detailed information’s about Bushcraft click on PAGES – How to build Shelters, How to find water, How to find Food, How to make Fire and How we build Boats… !

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I developed the idea for this trip in the past years as I started to deeply concern myself with the philosophy of self-reliance and primitivism, bushcraft and survival skills. The interest in this is rooted in my personal analysis and interpretation of the dis-functionality of our modern times society and represents a central key to solve this dysfunctional dependency toward a self governed sustainable life. SEE – ANARCHO PRIMITIVISM

The idea magnificient landscape swedenWe wanted to head out to a relatively remote spot to live there in a down to earth reality. We wanted to practise our skills on how to live in the forest with a minimum of gear in an already harsh climate. November in Sweden is dark cold grey and wet. Perfect conditions for a great adventure! No roof, no telephone, no heater, no tent, no gas cooker, no sleeping pad… Prior to the trip I was searching on maps for a spot seclude and far from humane settlements in a distance from Berlin still able to reach without air plane and within our budget. Apart from that I searched for a good entry and exit point and a water way such as a river on which we could travel, that would help us navigate and that would supply us with water!

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November 10, 2012

Bushcraft – Pai-Northern Thailand

by kaiconfusion

About outdoor camping in the rainforest of Northern Thailand.
Learning self reliance and survival skills building and cooking with bamboo.

Our last two trips to Pulau Kapas and Taman Negara were a very long time ago so we were more then ready for the forest!
This time we headed out for a forest near the Permaculture farm Tacomepai near Pai in Northern Thailand.We went to the same places that we had gone to, for two days and one night for a survival training during our PDC course at Tacomepai in July this year.

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Our gear: two machetes, Bushcraft knife, small pot, crusader cup, two multifunctional ponchos, two water bottles, lighter, flint, blanket, cord, simple first aid kit, clothing, …
(more about gear HERE.)
Our provisions:
3Kg brown rice, 3Kg sticky rice, 250g peanuts, chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric, fermented soy crackers,   lemons, salt.

Wild edibles
: plenty of bamboo shoots

We spend 8 days in the forest building shelters, cooking with bamboo and enjoying the solitude and sublimity of the forest. It is rainy season in Northern Thailand in July so we had to expect a lot of rain…

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February 24, 2012

Pulau Kapas

by kaiconfusion

 Pulau Kapas is a small tropical Island just 6Km offshore the small town of Marang at the east coast of Malaysia. It is an protected Marine park with a few rather small and quiet resorts.
After two weeks of jungle environment we didn’t have enough of the outdoors but we wanted to change location.
island paradise pulau kapas malaysiaWe were missing the sea so we decided to travel to another tropical island. Since it was still Monsoon season we knew it was going to be very quiet on the island. We had read that there are beaches without any human constructions which was perfect for us because we wanted to keep staying outdoors and make camp rather than getting a room. We decided to give it a try and hoped to find a Robinson island.
What we found was indeed quite a paradise. It wasn’t as remote as the Island of Alexander Selkirk the real Robinson but we found a beach just for us!
We camped under a  nice shady beautiful tree on the beach.
All along the shallow water there were corals and colorful fish. The jungle was full of coconut palms. We had all the time we wanted and all comforts one could hope for in the nature. Us the sea, the burning hot sun, corals and a nice place to be…
Apart from the food we brought to the island we also fed on coconuts and seafood. Drinking water also wasn’t a problem. We found a small cave were water came dripping out through the rocks which we collected drop by drop. Beautiful mineral water!
We quite enjoyed our time as voluntary island castaway’s!

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February 22, 2012

Taman Negara – Kuala Koh

by kaiconfusion

Taman Negara means national park in Malay and  was our next destination.
It is in fact Malaysia’s biggest national Park covering over 4343 square kilometers (434,300 hectares) of primary forest. This dense jungle has a reputation as the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and is believed to be  130mio. years old. Taman Negara is the home of some rare mammals, such as the Malayan Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros and Asian Elephant. Apart from these rather big animals it also inhabits as many leeches as there are stars in the sky. The park also is amazing when considered that Malaysia like so many other countries has cut down more than 60% of its rainforest. The logging industry is one factor another one is the palm oil industry, a major economy in Malaysia, which clear cuts huge rainforest areas to  replace them with oil palm plantations . On the way to the entrance of  the protected NP we drove along these plantations for mile after mile… .. .

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