What is Bushcraft?


What means Bushcraft & Survival exactly?

Hidden behind the concept of Bushcraft and Survival is a discipline that attempts to learn and apply knowledge and skills that enables us humans to live and survive in any environment ranging from wild to urban by simple implementation of our knowledge and skill not having to rely on factors other than provided by nature.

The heart of Bushcraft and Survival or Wilderness Skills is self-reliance. Consequently the ability not having to dependent on any Thing or anyone ( the best would be a community of people working together though), apart from the skill, knowledge, deep understanding of nature and wisdom acquired.

For an article on deeper Understanding of the Necessity of Wilderness Skills  >CLICK HERE!

Survival is about having the skills and knowledge to live of the land without any or reduced to little gear and tools and agriculture.
It is the skill to survive in any environment with your bare social, plant, healing and improvisation skills.

In my opinion,  these skills are among the most important of all, as they give us the confidence to provide for our basic everyday needs for ourselves and others. It is not important to become an expert but to establish a fundamental knowledge. The ability to help oneself and the arts of observation and interaction and improvisation are essential for any situation in life.

The ability how to build your own shelter how to find water and how to make fire and the knowledge of what you can eat and what can heal are the most basic and essential things to acquire in survival.

In Bushcraft and Survival we are trying to learn from our ancestors and from local traditions, craftsmanship and skills some of which are still used today, since many of those have proven to work for many hundred and thousands of years in opposite to our modern society inventions that have yet failed to prove a healthy sustainable way of life.





Bushcraft is about surviving and thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of ancient skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft skills include; firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter building, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, hand-carving wood, container construction from natural materials, rope and twine-making, and many others. These are the kinds of skills well known to our ancient predecessors, many of which are still practiced today as an everyday skill amongst aboriginal and native peoples around the world.

Survival skills are techniques a person may use in a dangerous situation (e.g. natural disasters) to save themselves or others. These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life: water, food, shelter, habitat, the ability to think straight, to signal for help, to navigate safely, to avoid unpleasant interactions with animals and plants, and cure any present injuries. Survival skills are often basic ideas and abilities that ancient humans have used for thousands of years. Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting and many other outdoor activities all require basic wilderness survival skills to handle an emergency situation. Bushcraft and primitive living are most often self implemented, but require many of the same skills.





A few basic facts:

In any outdoors situation you should always follow certain survival guidelines. I will name only a few.
One of the most important ones is the order of action in any outdoor situation.

1. SHELTER – Building a shelter is always priority even before water and fire. With a shelter chances for survival or for comfort and safety are much higher than without. It provides shade in the heat – prevents quick dehydration, warmth in the cold prevents hypothermia, it gives protection from predators and other potentially dangerous animals and it keeps us dry and wind protected etc…

2. WATER  – As a rule of thumb human beings can survive max 3 days without water! Of course in extreme weather conditions (extreme heat or cold) or with high physically activity this will be much less.
In emergency situations or if we just want to stay outdoors longer than a day or two we need to know how to find water and how to make it safe for consumption.

3. FIRE Bringing a lighter is never a bad idea though relying on only that might bring you in trouble.
Knowing how to start a fire in various ways gives you safety especially in different climatic conditions and varying flora.
Fire is third as it is not safe like a shelter and if we have water to drink we can start working on a fire.
Fire provides us with warmth and comfort, safety, as well as light we can cook our water and food for safe consumption.

4. FOOD – As a rule of thumb human beings can survive 30 days without any food! So neither for survival or outdoor situations it is crucial other than shelter and water which are important immediately
However knowing what you can eat and what heals and how to get it, is important for any longer stay in the bush.


Sharing the knowledge

Someone I met put it in a few very true words: “We don’t have the time to fuck around with copyright and keeping things back to be special let’s put it all out there so we can benefit from one another”

Join me on a trip

I have many ideas for trips and expeditions. Many skills to share but even more to practise and learn
some ideas are more and some less crazy! Join me going out there if our travel path cross!


I’ am always interested in sharing my knowledge and showing others stuff about Bushcraft.
Inspiring people to get in close touch with nature is one of the things that excites me the most.

I’d be willing to give courses in Bushcraft and Survival anytime and I will certainly host courses on a regular basis
once I will settle somewhere longer then a couple of weeks.

Any questions regarding permaculture Bushcraft, Primitive Living, Survival etc. are always more than welcome
Please just write it in the comment section!






4 Comments to “What is Bushcraft?”

  1. Hello I am a 35 year old women I have wanted to go back to basics now for about 5 years I was looking for a man to go on this edventure with me I thought I found one but I guess that’s a bust oh well I am attempting to do this myself I have a very good job but its not how I wanna live my life I don’t know if I’m getting to old to don’t his myself but I’m willing to try I have been studying how to do this myself but I would feel more comfortable in a community I live in Ontario Canada would you know anyplace in Canada that has such a community?

  2. Dear Kristen, with big interest I have read your message over here. I would love to know more about you if you think that my person could be from your interest. To my person, I am a swiss man 41 years old, single, and loved bushcrafter and as far as I think with similar ideas and dreams like you have. If you think that we should know more about each other just drop me some lines….. best regards from snowy switzerland…. Chris (chrismuller1973@hotmail.com)

  3. I too want to free myself from the shackles of our modern society. Such as bills, a job that barley gets me by, and waiting money on a temporary residence that I would never be able to call my own. I recently got engaged and FINALLY got the man I love on board with going into the wild. He has been all over the world including Iraq from years of serving the u.s. Army. I suffer from depression and know deep down waking up to sunshine or falling asleep to a thunderstorm could quite possibly help my condition. All I wanted to do growing up as some what of a tomboy, was to be outside with nothing but my walking stick, compass, dog whistle, camo, and my pack full of goodies to be gone literally until the sun went down. If I enjoyed trapping animals, hiking up the bluff to set up a temporary camp for the day as a very young child. Could this be a great decision for the both of us as a new family? And our main concern in all actuality is… WHERE TO SET UP!?!??? alabama is some what difficult to find a non public place to set up our new life style and home. Any thoughts?! Thank u so much- Cortney Ceoliver86@gmail.com WE ARE LEAVING IN THE MORNING 😳

  4. I am bushcrafter, but i just in firecraft, tracking, shelter building,foraging, hand-carving wood, no more

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