I like to think many of us dyed in the wool outdoorsy types have either seen the light or simply grown beyond the easy option! There is a time and a place for it (glamping or rough camping), of course, but when a bushcraft meet becomes no harder than a weekend camping with the family, and as craft orientated as the octoberfest, surely something as changed and probably not for the better.
Now I hate this need to name something, but to get the ball rolling, we need to define what we are talking about - its hard to write about something without a name so I thought to call it bushcraft for the common man (only joking) as has been pointed out the common man tag is as much a marketing gimmick as ......... well, bushcraft is these days ....... Karl over on his blog (http://ranger-pathfinder-notes.blogspot.co.uk/) calls it Neo-traditional(ism) which is a gob full even if it is accurate but I fancy something simplier.
So how about
backwoodsman (plural backwoodsmen)
- A person who is acclimated to living in a forest area that is far removed from civilization or modern conveniences.
- An uncivilized person.
backwoodsmanship (plural backwoodmanships)
- the skill of living in the backwoods
A swagman (also called a swaggie, sundowner or tussocker) is an old Australian and New Zealand term describing an underclass of transient temporary workers, who travelled by foot from farm to farm carrying the traditional swag (bedroll). Also characteristic of swagman attire was a hat strung with corks to ward off flies.
Maybe worrying about a name is just to bushcraft but for a working title I think "BEDROLLING" will do until I find something better.
So what is bedrolling?? (Hell ya lets define it to!)
Bedrolling is the ability to travel into a wilderness area with ONLY the minimal kit, i.e the contents of a bedroll for shelter/sleeping in and the contents of a haversack for possibles.
A bedroller is a outdoorsman who has the ability to travel into a wilderness area with the minimum of kit and use his wilderness living skills and knowledge to sustain himself and meet his daily needs. He is a minimalist with advanced skills and knowledge.
How does that sound??
So, my fellow BEDROLLERS welcome to the future, welcome to the past ............ what are the skills needed to live comfortably in the wilds? what is minimum kit??
How many of us are there?? How do you do it??
So many questions and a world full of answers .................. watch this space for a few of the answers ..........or at least my version of them
|Swagman circa 1900|
|Bedroller circa 2012|