Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine – Issue 80 – May/June 2019
“The man with the knapsack is never lost. No matter whither he may stray, his food and shelter are right with him, and home is wherever he may choose to stop.”
Horace Kephart, Camping and Woodcraft, 1917
Welcome to our 80th issue of Bushcraft and Survival Skills Magazine. Where has all the time gone? 2019 is certainly proving to be an eventful year for us so far, and we’re currently busy preparing for the Bushcraft Show, which promises to be the best yet. With a superb line-up of expert speakers, world class instructors and all your favourite traders, it’s certainly one you don’t want to miss.
Back in March we travelled to the IWA Outdoor Classics show in Nuremberg, Germany. IWA is the largest shooting and outdoor equipment trade show in Europe, with over 1,500 stands promoting everything from hiking socks and custom knives, to Pleistocene era mammoth ivory recovered from the melting permafrost of Siberia. So for a self confessed kit junky like me, it was akin to visiting Santa’s workshop. We spent most of our time there loitering around the Scandinavian Village, where we met up with some old friends from the world of outdoor equipment, as well as making a few new friends along the way.
Discussing the pros and cons of the equipment we use is a big part of what we in the bushcraft community do, and one of the great things about bushcraft is that it’s an activity that can be equally enjoyable for everyone who participates, regardless of their budget. So whether you’re just getting started and looking for a bargain, or if you’re happy to splash out on the very latest piece of bushcraft ‘bling’, it’s worth remembering that the best bushcrafter isn’t necessarily the one with the best kit, but the one with the biggest smile.
In this issue we would like to welcome our latest writer, Megan Hine, who tells us about who she is and what she does (page 38). Lofty Wiseman extols the beauty of bushcraft (page 64), Paul Kirtley begins a look at medicinal plants (page 74), while Ed Stafford discusses the importance of Fire (page 68). Nick Greenwood continues his laborious cedar strip canoe building journey, in part 2 of his guide (page 26). Laura Bingham talks about women’s relationship with adventure and the outdoors (page 32). Also we have coastal survival with Torbjörn Selin (page 22), the Ordnance Survey map by Tim Gent (page 44), and budget bike tyre soled moccasins by the austerity minded Ian Nairn (page 94).