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"Canterbury covers everything: building out your kit, manufacturing tools and supplies, food collection, cooking and protection from the elements. If you want to 'be prepared' for time in the wilderness, this is a great guide." --CoolMaterial.com

"To say Dave is a survival authority is putting it mildly. Dave gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with easy-to-digest advice and practices on how to build the most critical survival skills. Bushcraft 101 is a very inexpensive insurance plan that any practical person should buy, read and stuff into a backpack before heading off the beaten path." --New Pioneer

"It offers a lot [of] detail...focusing on everything from knots to cooking to trapping.... If you want to learn primitive skills, it's a treasure trove of information." --Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"All the survival gear in the world isn't going to help you if you don't know how to use it. Penned by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival aims to make sure you know your craft.... Even if you're not escaping the apocalypse, but instead heading out into the backcountry to escape modern life for a few days, this is an indispensable guide for your outdoor travels." --Uncrate.com

"With Canterbury's guidance, you'll prepare yourself for any climate and situation and you'll learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature." --Uber Apparatus

"We're quickly on our way to mastering the great outdoors with this copy of Bush Craft 101. Written by famous outdoorsman Dave Canterbury, the volume covers everything from the proper knots to know to scavenging edible food in the wilderness. This thing is serious. A must-have for anyone looking to go off the grid." --Selectism

"The advice in this book can help you live comfortably and manufacture tools from nature." --Gear Junkie

"Proficiency comes with practice, and everyone needs a starting point. Enter Dave Canterbury. This illuminating field guide in no way alienates the new student. For those passionate in their pursuit of the backcountry, it's a must read." --GrindTV (Yahoo! Sports)

"For the traveler who likes to get way off the beaten path and experience the thrill of the wild...Bushcraft 101 is a must read.... This book is sitting on my bedside table right now, and not only does it make me appear masculine as hell, I'm learning a lot." --Trevor Morrow Travel

"A welcome mix of old and new technology that's as thorough as it is entertaining." --The Manual

"Get ready for whatever nature could throw your way with this guide on bushcraft, the art of surviving in the woods with as little modern gear as possible. Detailed lessons include firemaking, manufacturing your own tools and gear, foraging, and trapping and processing game." --Washington Trails Magazine

About the Author

Dave Canterbury is the co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School in Ohio, which was named by USA Today as one of the Top 12 Survival Schools in the United States. He is also the managing editor of Self Reliance Illustrated magazine. His YouTube channel has more than 200,000 subscribers and his videos have more than 34 million views. His work has also been published in New Pioneer and American Frontiersman.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1 edition (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440579776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440579776
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am Dave Canterbury, Co-Owner of The Pathfinder School LLC in SE Ohio. I work in multiple medias to include You Tube Video, Television, and Writing to help educate people in Wilderness Self Reliance and Pioneer Skills. Dave is a frequent writer for Both American Pioneer and American Frontiersman Magazines and is the Co-Owner of Self Reliance Illustrated.

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522 of 535 people found the following review helpful By David M. Canterbury on September 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
I gave my own book a 4 Star review as I would like to have seen more Illustrations to better explain much of the text but unfortunately that was not in the publishers budget. I think a brief explanation of the book from the authors standpoint cannot hurt. Despite any subtitles this book is not about "Bugging Out", "SHTF" or the "Zombie Apocalypse. It is a book on how to better enjoy time spent in God's creation whether you are there because you choose to be or got stuck there temporarily due to misfortune while recreating. This book explores my system of "Smoothing" it based on over 20 years of experimental Archaeology of the OLD WAYS mixing them with the NEW to create a simple system that will help anyone that is discovering WOODCRAFT, BUSHCRAFT or whatever you choose to call your hobby and to understand the Kit items that will last a lifetime. I do not cover many of the "Latest and Greatest bits of Modern gear because they will fail many times when you need them most. As a quick example of the thought process I do not worry as much about weight as I do Multi-functionality of chosen gear. A Sleeping bag is light and I do speak of them in my book but for a bit more weight a good Wool blanket will be Better insulation when wet, more fire retardant, and more versatile as outerwear around the camp fire on a cold morning. In the end I am very happy with the way this book turned out for the limited text and illustrations allowed and hope to write a more advanced book on skills for longer term in the future. Remember that everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach. If you would like to see videos that are related to the thought process behind this book go to www.youtube.com/user/wildernessoutfitters Thank for the time you have taken to seek out this book and I hope you enjoy it.
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86 of 99 people found the following review helpful By John Sensenstein on November 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
Not All That Great

Like another reviewer, I am also more experienced in the Bush and after reading this book, I thought long and hard about giving it either two or three stars. I gave it two because of the fact that this book attempts to do something that Dave Canterbury himself suggested NOT to do, that is confuse Survival with Bushcraft. They are not one in the same.

I've read every review of this book, and have to conclude that the overwhelming majority of individuals are reviewing the personality of the author rather than the book itself.

While the discussion of what is survival and what is bushcraft is murky, I think Canterbury in one of his excellent YouTube videos stated it nicely:(paraphrasing) Survival is an emergency situation of a life threatening nature in which your primary objective is to deal with immediate conditions in order for either a self rescue or having emergency personnel rescue you.

Bushcraft on the other hand is essentially learning how to handle yourself and live comfortably in the woods.

While this book claims that it is a "field guide to wilderness survival," It really is not.

If we were talking ONLY of Bushcraft, I would give this book three stars, but since this book attempts to include some "wilderness survival" I'd have to give it two stars.

And here in lies the problem: The book doesn't really do an adequate job of either one. It is essentially a mish mash of both. And to add even further insult to injury, it even includes trapping with traps which is completely inappropriate nor particularly helpful to the beginning bushcrafter.

Trapping is an advanced skill that requires an enormous amount of dirt time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dark Jester on September 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Just finished reading Bushcraft 101 cover-to-cover and overall I am impressed. Dave covers a wide range of woodcraft related subjects, from tool and gear selection, to setting up camp, to harvesting food.

In Part 1 he covers the "5 C's" (Cutting, Container, Cordage, Cover, Combustion) in-depth. These are the items that will most directly affect your survival and ability to maintain your core temperature outdoors. They are also the hardest to reproduce in the wild from natural materials.
* He lists many different options for each category, historic and modern, and lists some pro's and con's for most of them. He gives his personal preferences for each, which usually favor durability and longevity over weight and price. Getting the best bang for your buck, as it were.
* He covers gear maintenance and repair which is nice.
* The knots section is well done, with clear illustrations. There are not a ton of knots here, but the ones listed are multifunctional, and useful in many different scenarios.

If looking for an ultra-light hiking guide you may want to look elsewhere, Dave does tend to go a bit tool heavy. But if you want solid choices that will last for many years and serve you well, his recommendations are a great guideline. Also remember that they are just that, recommendations. If weight is a higher priority for you, and you want to choose a Sil-Ny tarp over Oilskin, go for it. If you want Titanium instead of Stainless (and can afford it), go for it. Your experience in the woods belongs to you, go with what will make the time more enjoyable for you.

In Part 2 he gets more into the camping side of woodcraft. He covers topics ranging from how to set up your camp, navigating terrain, and trapping.
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