20.8.14

Just an update

Quick up date dear reader ........... Since I wrote my last post here I have been doing much thinking and sorting out of gear - potentially the Average Joe bushcraft theme has fallen by the way side as I find myself drawn to more traditional forms of the craft.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love the mountain man era and it is this period that seems to be drawing me in. I'm not abandoning modern gear all together as my hiking and longer term gear will still be modern but for day trips and overnighters I am seriously reshaping my kit to a more traditional rig. I hope to merge the two for longer outings too but I don't think you'll be seeing me walking down the round looking like Davy Crockett any time soon.

This also fits my life style now and takes me back to my bushcraft roots as my view of the hobby has always been Blanket, Billy and Blade orientated. It also marries in nicely with my love of stealth camping as if I follow the traditional theme then I can have a scenario for my trips too.

Imagine the fun to be had on a overnighter where the scenario is your a lone trapper in hostile Indian country, everybody you pass in the woods is Huron or Sioux or whatever tribe you want them to be and are to be avoided! You will need to use your skills to survive and avoid detection ........... add to this the research and new skills that can be learnt and I think for me it will be a way of perking up my bushcraft.

I KNOW its not for everyone, the glampers, the expedition style campers, the weekend bushcrafters who like their 4 x 4's and their shineys etc and I don't care - I'm not doing it for them I'm doing it for me and the pleasure I will get from it.

I suspect over time my posts will become more and more bogged down with historically correct gear to the point where I could be re-enacting but that is not my plan at the moment. My plan is use modern gear but only as a alternative to what was traditional for example a stainless steel billy instead of a copper tea kettle, or a cotton army smock instead of a hessian hunting smock etc.

At the time of writing I have no idea where this "change" will take me all I do know is that for some time now the commercialism and the mass marketing of bushcraft has bored me, there is nothing new out there. My hope is that by taking a step back in time I will regenerate my flagging interest, give myself something new to learn while also allowing me to rediscover old skills I haven't used in many years.

I look forward to the journey and hope those of you interested enough to read my future ramblings will enjoy the trip as much as I do.

3 comments:

moose said...

lets see where this takes you. could be interesting.look forward to reading futher posts.

James Devine said...

I have been out of the woods for a while (to long) last weekend brother my 4 your to the local park and we successfully tracked a hare we had spotted on our arrival. It brought a lot back and miss the green. He has asked to do it again and my aim is to start him with nothing we are buying nothing and will make everything we need as he progress. With this in mind I look forward to your future posts.

BlueTrain said...

I hate to admit it but I tend to see things the same way, although for a different era. My time period of interest is around 1900 but I can't explain why. Anyway, that's modern enough for me. It's worth pointing out that the gear the mountain man used was, for him, modern.

We all go to the woods for some particular reason, vague though it may be. Unless we are preparing for the downfall of civilization, which has never happened before, we go to have fun. Our particular interest may lead us into different activities, be it cooking, camp and woodcraft or whatnot. Personally, I like covering the miles on the trail. Frankly, if I'm out by myself, which I usually am, I'm really not too keen on spending the night in the woods. Just the same, I do now and then when I can.

It is refreshing honesty to ask ourselves just why we do these things but it's okay to lie about it, too.