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Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival Paperback – September 1, 2014
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A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival
By Dave Canterbury
The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry!
Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on:
-Choosing the right items for your kit.
-Manufacturing needed tools and supplies.
-Collecting and cooking food.
-Protecting yourself from the elements.
With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.
Dave Canterbury is the co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School, which USA TODAY named one of the Top 12 Survival Schools in the United States. He has been published in Self Reliance Illustrated, New Pioneer, American Frontiersman, and Trapper’s World. Dave is the author of Bushcraft 101, Advanced Bushcraft, and The Bushcraft Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild.
"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, which USA TODAY named one of the Top 12 Survival Schools in the United States. He has been published in Self Reliance Illustrated, New Pioneer, American Frontiersman, and Trapper’s World. Dave is the New York Times bestselling author of Bushcraft 101, Advanced Bushcraft, and The Bushcraft Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild.
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Written by Dave Canterbury, known to many people as one of the original two survivalists on the TV show “Dual Survival,” where he was teamed with Cody Lundin (Dave was the one that wore shoes), the book focuses on Dave’s view of bushcraft; a view that means taking advantage of what nature makes available to you and using a minimum of gear to survive and thrive in the natural world, carrying “the knowledge and skills needed to create items straight from the landscape”.
The main way that Dave’s book differs from the first two books on our favorites list is due to his focus on the skills necessary to thrive in the woods – not just the skills essential to surviving in the wild in an emergency. Because of this much of the book is based on Canterbury’s “Five Cs of Survivability” – items chosen since they are extremely hard to make in the wild and directly impact controlling your body’s core temperature. Dave’s Five Cs are:
1) Cutting Tools – to manufacture needed items and process food
2) Covering Elements – to create a microclimate of protection from the elements
3) Combustion Devices – for creating the fires needed not only to preserve and cook food, but also to make medicines and provide needed warmth
4) Containers – to carry water over distances or to protect collected food sources
5) Cordages – for bindings and lashings
The book also shows how Dave has a “systems” mindset (e.g. never carry anything unless it can perform multiple functions).
The book has sections on:
Rope, Cordage, Webbings, and Knots
Containers and Cooking Tools
In The Bush
Setting Up Camp
Trees: the Four-Season Resource
Trapping and Processing Game
Conserving and Utilizing resources
Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants
Dave’s detailed section on Tools is especially helpful for people new to camping. We also like Dave’s “Four Ws” relating to setting up a camp – Wood, Water, Wind and Widowmakers. Having 256 pages, measuring 5½ x ¾ x 8½ inches and weighing ~10 ounces this is probably a book that you learn from but do not take on the trail with you. Although shorter than all of our other recommended books, Bushcraft 101 is not intended to be all encompassing – since it is only intended to cover the “20 percent of bushcraft that is of the most value”.
For example, there is a section about knots, but only a few of the mentioned knots have diagrams, and none of the diagrams show step by step how to tie them. Another example is the section on primitive traps and how great they are, especially with the use of toggle triggers, but there aren't any examples of how to set up any primitive traps using toggle triggers, or even a description of what a toggle trigger is.
I also picked up three other bush-craft books from Canterbury, and I hope some of those will go deeper into some of this stuff.
1) quality and cover texture this should almost fall in a category between hrs back and paperback it's one of the most well made paperbacks I've seen
2) the wide array of survival topics that are covered
3) the book uses diagrams in almost all its explanations so if you really needed to use this info in the wilderness you would have a diagram to follow to make sure you were doing it right
4) and best of all PRICE!! I paid $10 and as pointed out in my last photo msrp for this book is &16.99 :)!!!
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