Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival Paperback – Sept. 1 2014
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A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival
By Dave Canterbury
A New York Times Bestseller in Sports and Travel!
The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry!
Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on:
-Choosing the right items for your kit.
-Manufacturing needed tools and supplies.
-Collecting and cooking food.
-Protecting yourself from the elements.
With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.
Dave Canterbury is the co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School, which USA TODAY named one of the Top 12 Survival Schools in the United States. He has been published in Self Reliance Illustrated, New Pioneer, American Frontiersman, and Trapper’s World. Dave is the New York Times bestselling author of Bushcraft 101, Advanced Bushcraft, and The Bushcraft Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild.
"Canterbury covers everything: building out your kit, manufacturing tools and supplies, food collection, cooking and protection from the elements. If you want to 'be prepared' for time in the wilderness, this is a great guide." --CoolMaterial.com
"To say Dave is a survival authority is putting it mildly. Dave gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with easy-to-digest advice and practices on how to build the most critical survival skills. Bushcraft 101 is a very inexpensive insurance plan that any practical person should buy, read and stuff into a backpack before heading off the beaten path." --New Pioneer
"It offers a lot [of] detail...focusing on everything from knots to cooking to trapping.... If you want to learn primitive skills, it's a treasure trove of information." --Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"All the survival gear in the world isn't going to help you if you don't know how to use it. Penned by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival aims to make sure you know your craft.... Even if you're not escaping the apocalypse, but instead heading out into the backcountry to escape modern life for a few days, this is an indispensable guide for your outdoor travels." --Uncrate.com
"With Canterbury's guidance, you'll prepare yourself for any climate and situation and you'll learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature." --Uber Apparatus
"We're quickly on our way to mastering the great outdoors with this copy of Bush Craft 101. Written by famous outdoorsman Dave Canterbury, the volume covers everything from the proper knots to know to scavenging edible food in the wilderness. This thing is serious. A must-have for anyone looking to go off the grid." --Selectism
"The advice in this book can help you live comfortably and manufacture tools from nature." --Gear Junkie
"Proficiency comes with practice, and everyone needs a starting point. Enter Dave Canterbury. This illuminating field guide in no way alienates the new student. For those passionate in their pursuit of the backcountry, it's a must read." --GrindTV (Yahoo! Sports)
"For the traveler who likes to get way off the beaten path and experience the thrill of the wild...Bushcraft 101 is a must read.... This book is sitting on my bedside table right now, and not only does it make me appear masculine as hell, I'm learning a lot." --Trevor Morrow Travel
"A welcome mix of old and new technology that's as thorough as it is entertaining." --The Manual
"Get ready for whatever nature could throw your way with this guide on bushcraft, the art of surviving in the woods with as little modern gear as possible. Detailed lessons include firemaking, manufacturing your own tools and gear, foraging, and trapping and processing game." --Washington Trails Magazine
About the Author
Dave Canterbury is the co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School in Ohio, which was named by USA Today as one of the Top 12 Survival Schools in the United States. He is also the managing editor of Self Reliance Illustrated magazine. His YouTube channel has more than 200,000 subscribers and his videos have more than 34 million views. His work has also been published in New Pioneer and American Frontiersman.
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- Publisher : Adams Media; 1st edition (Sept. 1 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1440579776
- ISBN-13 : 978-1440579776
- Item weight : 297 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.03 x 21.43 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've read on this subject from anthropological research on First Nations, to Sears and later Kephart, Mors Kochanski up to the modern S.A.S. Survival Guide.
I wish I could love this book. Dave Canterbury's Five Tool Rule video dropped my pack weight by more than I'm willing to admit. I genuinely enjoy his youtube videos on the same subject as his books. Which leads to a puzzling state of affairs.
This book falls wildly short of any expectations I had going in and I wasn't expecting it to be an expert-level text on outdoor skills. I was, however, hoping to see the same old information available in many other texts presented in a new or different way. Or at all really. However the three books in the series barely cover the basics. I am at least pleased to say it does not provide any false or misleading information as far as I can tell, apart from being blissfully unaware of the existence of woodlands outside of the south-eastern United States.
*Certain core items in the techniques presented here rely on species of plants endemic to the Author's chosen biome and no effort is made to present workable alternatives for readers residing elsewhere. This continues throughout the whole series.*
The reason for this review is I just learned more about net-making from a meme on Imgur than I did from this book. Yeah. Let. That. Sink. In.
This is entirely due to the fact that few step-by-step illustrations are provided. This is STANDARD in every single other publication I've seen on this subject, especially for knots. Even Kephart managed better illustrations 111 years ago and Sears before him.
As far as I am aware all of the authors capable of explaining to another human how to weave a rug using words alone are deceased or at the very least unpublished. The finest illustration of this point is the cover of "The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild" which contains a more detailed sketch of a fenced snare and its toggle trigger-mechanism than exists in all three books combined even though a similar setup is mentioned several times throughout.
This is, at best, a coffee table book for people who will never, ever, go camping. It's likely to frustrate any other end-user.
Go buy "Bushcraft" by Mors Kochanski, "Camping and Woodcraft" by George W. Sears, or "The Book Of Woodcraft and Camping" by Horace Kephart if you're into the North-American Temperate Forest scene. If you're looking for a generalist survival text "Camping and Wilderness Survival" By Paul Tawrell or the S.A.S. guide are both solid options.
If you know absolutely nothing about bushcraft, and don't have youtube, this book will get you started. I will keep this book as it's a handy size to carry and practice is key in the bush. It will also make a great loaner book to friends, and a good reference book for when I teach cadets.
All the experienced campers who are trashing this book need to just chill.
It cost $13 on Amazon and really I would not pay more.
I think the issue is that, to keep the length down, there is very little detail or practical application.
But that is the point of his series,
I guess lol.
He is a very practical, knowledgeable, experienced, common sense man.
I’ve been teaching since the mid 90’s
So it wasn’t very useful learning material for me.
But great for a new person !
I’m donating my copy to the local library to share with others.
I’d recommend his philosophy
as a competent hunter and trapper.
Very few if any of these internet/ YouTube experts could actually trap/ hunt and survive.
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Down side! Wild food etc is based on the USA.
If your in the UK I would look for something more local!
Canterbury speaks plain English and keeps things to the point, nothing here to bamboozle the reader with jargon.
Just looking at the diagrams learning the 4 or 5 important knots for ridgelines etc was dead easy!
His 5 C's of survival are a revelation and should stand anyone in good stead heading into the outdoors and wilderness.
I would be surprised if even a long time outdoorsy person doesn't find a few tips in this fabulous book.
Save yourself some money and buy that instead?