Nordic bushcraft blog

The above link is to a cracking little article by our Swedish sister company Nordic Bushcraft.

For those who dont know the WEISS courses, both summer and Winter, are unique to Bearclaw/Survivall in the UK and Nordic Bushcraft in Sweden (much to the envy of certain forums and groups!)

The WEISS format is based on a tried and test format designed by our host and course leader Preben Mortensen over 40 years ago - its track record is proven to work and the results speak for themselves.

Preben is the grandaddy of wilderness training having worked with or trained many of the worlds top outdoors and bushcraft men and women and as such we are both proud to work with him and in awe of his skills and knoweldge with are unsurpassed by any living outdoorsman.

The WEISS courses are all pass or fail courses and as such people have to earn the right to wear the WEISS badge or Winter bar - Those who do are justifiable proud to wear their badges and join a small elite who have proven themselves to be proffecient and highly advanced bushcraft and survivalists.

The courses are open to instructors from any school as well as to students from all over the world - proving WEISS multinational appeal we have had Irish - Dutch - Swedish - English - Scottish - American - South African and Canadian students. But folks should be aware we set the highest standard on these courses and will never lower these to meet the potential lower standards set by others!

With this in mind whose who earn the right to wear the WEISS badge do so with pride in both their acheivement and knowledge of their outstanding ability.


Something to ponder ...............

Clothing is our first line of defence - fact! It protects us from the elements, from external forces like fire or the sun, it creates a micro climate around us which (for as long as it lasts) will keep us alive!

For the mountaineer or hillwalker this may be a goretex shell. For the bushcrafter who likes to dress like his hero then its all swazi and swanni's. For the outdoorsman who works are a forester or a logger this may be industrial safety wear.

But for the survivor??

What would be ideal for them?? Well if they are in a survival situation due to their sport or hobby any of the above might be ok - but what if the emergency happens on a trip to scotland or a flight across the remote Alaskan bush?? What could they wear then?

Would something warm - waterproof and tough meet the bill? Sturdy boots and fast drying trousers?? Synthetics are ok BUT what if the disaster involves fire?? Cottons stop the wind but not water?? Wool is warm but heavy when wet and can be torn to pieces in a crash ..............

So ponder this if you will - and dress accordingly when you travel - your clothing is your first defense again the elements - ............ choose badly, swallows sales blurb to lightly and it might even hamper your chances of survival ..............choosen wisely it can give you a good fighting chance!!


Subarctic Survival - the WINTER WEISS

They say a picture paints a thousand words so here a few - the winter weiss 2009 was a excellent event - perfect weather - and a great group - we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did!!

Big thank you to all the students on this years course for making it so enjoyabe and a pleasure to run!


Back to basics

Bushcraft and Survival sometimes seem to be the same - but does course or fly fishing and survival? Hillwalking and survival? Shooting or any game hunting event and survival ??

What about the lost tourist and survival??

Of course any and all of us can end up in a survival situation and the severity of the task we face is directly proportionate to the lack or amount of gear we carry - sods law says the emergency will not arrive when we have a full rucksack on our back but when we've popped out to walk the dog or decided on a daytrip to go a little further just to see a new site and gotten lost ..........

So it there for holds true that this is the time we need our survival kits - a lost hiker who can make a fire will be warm and safe for a cold night on the hills and chances are your fire will be seen and as such (in the UK) attract attention!!

It also thus holds true that our clothing becomes or first line of defense ........ cocooned in a warm dry shell we can generally survive at least one night - hence the advise to always dress for the worse conditions you expect to encounter.

But all clothing isnt created equal ............ here many of the old ways - the old materials can help us! Inconjunction with Bearclaw Bushcraft we at survival are working on a range of clothing and gear which Bearclaw is calling its back 2 basics range.

The idea is to make maximum use of a materials advantages - for example using the tried and tested natural materials prefered by generations of hunters, poachers and outdoors folks to make a range of robust and well thought out garments - or to use the most modern lightweight man made materials to make lightweight highly packable copies of traditionall tried and tested shelters and outdoor equipment.

its all very exciting and will hopefully see the bushcraft kited out in a much more traditional, sustainable and earth friendly manor - which for the survivor it is hoped a range of gear can be produced that will see us able to dress and equipp ourselves in such a way that if the worse does happen and sods law is the key we will still be laughing as or gear will give us a ley advantage from the start!!

Watch this space or visit for regular updates and information on this new and exciting range of traditional gear designed and tested by us and made to our specs here in the UK!!