- Adventurous bushcraft camping stories, Builford Bushcraft backpack
- Unlike camping, which is all about convenience, bushcraft is about enjoying the outdoors with minimal equipment. It is the art of using natural materials creatively, without destroying nature and with minimal environmental impact.
I looked up "bushcraft" in the dictionary, and if I had to interpret it, it would be "backcountry living" because the bush is the bush, and the craft is the craft. It's a wilderness survival technique, where you just go out into nature with minimal gear in a backpack.
- IIf your backpack is light, it's also easy to move around - there's no set path, no set place, just wherever you set your feet.
I've heard bushcrafters who go twice a month refer to bushcraft as "solitary camping." It's easy to be alone because you're using nature as little as possible, and there's no hustle and bustle because there's only two or three people moving around at most. I know a lot of people who go camping on their own just to have some quiet time to themselves.
- In a world where we've become so affluent and there's nothing we can do for ourselves, it's like you're filling a need inside of you, and once you get into bushcraft, you can't get out of it."
If you're tired of autocamping or glamping, where luxury equipment is the order of the day, or if you crave the rawness of nature, the humble bushcraft is for you.
- Whether you're backpacking, bushcrafting, hammock camping, or even camping with your dog, there's a style and taste to it all, but the appeal of bushcrafting is that it's a way to get away from the city and everyday life and create your own adventure.
You're enjoying the activity, and it's the distraction and sense of achievement that draws you into the camping experience. I especially like the fact that you can personalise your experience rather than using the same gear and set-up as everyone else. There are no grades in camping - it's just a matter of personal preference and interest.
(Builford Bushcraft Backpack)
- There's a rawness to it that makes words like 'wild', 'survival', and 'extreme' come to mind.
What got me into camping My job meant I was spending a lot of time around people, and I wanted some quiet time to myself on the weekends. Creating your own space and relaxing in nature is addictive.
- What equipment do you need to go bushcraft camping?
- Firstly, you'll need an SUV that can handle off-roading as you'll be camping in the middle of nowhere. If you have a wagon with a roof rack deck, living on the roof of your vehicle is a different kind of fun. This is because you can enjoy overlanding camping to get as close to nature as possible.
If you're in the woods or by a river, it can sometimes be difficult to camp on the ground, depending on your surroundings and the weather. As long as you have somewhere to park your vehicle, you can pitch your tent on a roof rack. If you find a good spot while driving, you can climb up and make a cup of coffee and have your own cafe.
An outdoor knife is a must-have. You can chop wood to make different tools and it's also useful for cooking. Camping straps are also important. You can use them to hang things or to secure your tent, and a sleeping bag is a must.
I'm a big fan of fires, so I often have a variety of fire pits and wood burning stoves, which are a great way to combine heating and cooking on a winter's day. A tent is also a must, as it's the perfect companion to a fire pit.
- And, as I always say, a good, not-too-heavy bag with plenty of storage space is essential for walking to and from the campsite and for further adventures. My personal favourite style of camping is to be as immersed in nature as possible. I travel with minimal gear and often spend nights without a tent, which is why I've been using the Builford Bushcraft Backpack to the fullest lately.
(Builford Travel Duffle Bag, Bushcraft Pack)
- My favourite camping dish is this waterless tomato beef stew. It's so simple and delicious, all you have to do is throw a bunch of ingredients into a cast iron pot and let it simmer on the stove. All you need is beef fillet, tomatoes, paprika, onions, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and potatoes.
- What are the basic skills needed to become a bushcrafter?
- Bushcrafting is the activity of creating a living space, such as a place to sleep or a kitchen, in the outdoors with minimal equipment. It involves using dead wood to create tables, chairs, pot holders, and more, all without the use of a gas torch or lighter. There are no right or wrong answers, and the sense of accomplishment in the process is what makes bushcraft so appealing. The barrier to entry is higher than in other genres, but anyone with an interest and passion can get started.
- Some helpful skills include knowing how to tie knots, being able to safely handle a multi-tool and a knife. Once you're comfortable with your equipment, I recommend experimenting with different ways to start a fire and build a shelter. If you're going outdoors to bushcraft, the first thing you'll want to do is build a shelter, then start a fire and prepare something to eat.
- For many people, camping seems to be second nature. You have to let go, let go of worries and fears about 'being good enough' to truly enjoy nature, and if you have a sense of adventure, creativity, and challenge, all the better. Above all, you have to love nature to be a good bushcrafter. Many people have found that camping has improved their health and allowed them to meet different people. I'm not sure how long I'll be doing this, but I think I'll be doing it for at least 10 years.