Hi and welcome
Hi and welcome to my site about bushcraft and survival -adventures,
skills and -reviews.
I created this site after I started noticing that many people on social media were interested in the outdoor lifestyle, but they didn’t know how to start or how to get to the next level.
How it started
As a little boy, I was a big fan of camping in nature. Every year I went on many journeys in the outdoor with my parents. Sleeping in a tent was the best thing I could imagine! I saw a lot of Europe and her beautiful nature and really enjoyed being outdoors.
As I grew older, time pressure, work and money were reasons to be less and less in nature.
Still, my love and passion for nature continued and I continued to feel the need to do more with it
Then I met a guy at work who was into bushcraft, a way of living where one could connect with nature again and learn/develop an unlimited range of new skills!
Bushcraft is a form of surviving in the forest where conservation of the forest is very important. Keeping nature like it is and only use it in a sustainable way. Examples of this are the use of dead wood for shelters and fire, never collect all the fruits of one plant or tree, respect for animals and their habitat and the ‘Leave No Trace’ principle.
Bushcraft and survival have a lot in common but where a bushcrafter want to stay in the forest for a longer period of time, a survivalist is aiming to get out as soon as possible. Nevertheless, the needed skills, and in most cases, the gear, are the same.
When this bushcrafter asked me to come along with his friends for a mid-winter-bivouac, I did not hesitate for a second and immediately said “yeah!”.
It was an impulsive action to join this guy in a bivouac with outdoor temperatures of -5,8F° / -21C° but it turned out to be the best decision of my life!
As soon as we arrived in the snowy and frozen forest we had to work to keep ourselves warm. I immediately learned some basic bushcraft and survival skills like ‘leave no trace’, the easiest knots to tie and how to untie (very important), how to make fire with a firesteel and stuff like camp-hygiene and camp-order.
I loved to experience the forest in this way, I suddenly saw opportunities for usage of simple materials in everything around me. And, besides that, experiencing the fresh air, the temperature, the sounds and smells. This experience got even better when I found out that we were not going to sleep in tents but under a tarp in the open air.
Unfortunately, my gear did not agree with me. My sleeping bag was meant for 32-50°F / 0-10°C temperatures, in extreme cases it could be used till 14°F / -10°C. My mat wasn’t prepared for these temperatures also. So, as you can imagine, I didn’t get any sleep. It was a night of shivering, twisting and turning until I got sick of it and I decided that there should be a fire real soon! This was around 5 AM! I took a firesteel and collected some bark to spark on. With the skills I had just learned the night before I started to flint while the others were still asleep.
“YES!!!” Succes at the 3rd try! The bark started to burn and small wood could be added to the fire. The warmth of the fire slowly started to win from the cold frozen air and my cold body started to revive. It felt so intense to be able to create warmth with such a small amount of effort and natural resources which are provided everywhere in nature.
This moment changed my life! I wanted to do this as much as possible. My passion for bushcraft had begun.
Next spring I’ve bought some gear (which can be bought anywhere at all price ranges) and started enjoying nature again, this time with a new perspective.
In the following years, I took courses, searched information on the internet, consulted co-bushcrafters and survivalists and read books to expand my knowledge. I learned more and more. I learned that ‘less’ can be better. I started to focus on what gear I could make in the forest with the materials that the forest gave me so that I wouldn’t have to bring it with me. I noticed that I could express my creativity in the forest much better because of the absence of standard solutions (go to the store and you have soap, food, first aid kits,fire-lighters, etc.). By changing my point of view I suddenly saw al kind of opportunities and solutions in which the forest profited.
A big tipping-point came when I started to build shelters. Now I don’t need a sleeping bag, a tarp and a mat anymore! Real basic bushcraft, or basic survival. I started to look for food and now I can find a lot in and around the forest to eat. It is all there once you’ve learned how to look and what to look for. Simple knowledge and logical thinking is the key!
All this does not exclude that I still enjoy using a luxurious mat and good hammock in most cases. It’s about having the opportunity to do it differently. Especially learning to look at the forest from a new point of view is great and I would recommend it to everyone!
Now I want to share this knowledge and hope to create awareness of the importance of nature worldwide. Therefore this website is created and am I also active on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and other social media.
Socialmedia and Bushcraft nic
When I got more serious about bushcraft and survival, I started to share photos on Instagram to spread ideas. The group of followers increased unexpectedly fast and they were asking a lot of substantive questions. Photos are a great way to give an impression of something, but if one wants to explain processes they are not the best to do the trick. With YouTube one can explain things more easily and for this reason I’ve created my channel. Januar 2014 was the opening month of my Instagram and in August 2015 my YouTube channel was aired.
On YouTube I could share videos to show processes when skills were more advanced. For example, making birch-tar is impossible to explain with photos.
These channels make it easier to share skills with people. The hard part is the time and effort it takes to edit videos. Making a video can easily take up to 2 months and is, for this reason, something I can not do all the time. This is why I started this website. On this website I want to combine all information and share this information supported by text, videos and photos all in one place.
I am also active on Facebook, Flicker and Twitter.
Why this site Bushcraftnic.com
I find it important that as many people as possible can experience the beautiful nature and can see what nature has to offer. I hope that I can contribute to this by sharing my knowledge and experience. In this way I hope to create awareness so people will start concerning themselves of the importance of nature for animals and humans. It often looks like this importance is underestimated when economical choices have to be made. This is a shame and above all undeservedly because air is still more important as money.
On this website I want to combine all information and share this information supported by text, videos and photos all in one place.
Vision on bushcraft, survival and peoples perspective on nature /what is bushcraft?
Vision on nature conservation
Recent research indicates that younger generations score worse compared to older generations in terms of knowledge, attitude and behavior around nature. It is also confirmed that there is a connection between the decrease of peoples-health when the distance to nature is increasing. With bushcraftnic.com I want to reduce this distance by informing young and old to get in touch with nature in a fun and active way. In this way they can experience the effect on their health for their selves. In addition, I want to promote awareness of the importance of nature and the related themes through advice; Take responsibility, respect, and act sustainably. By involving people, more people can help with nature conservation, stand up for her interests and share the responsibility for maintaining nature.
What is bushcraft / Vision on bushcraft
Bushcraft is a way of living that makes people aware of the opportunities nature provides. It can only be practiced in the outdoors and is based on a cooperation between nature and the bushcrafter. I think a bushcrafter should always take responsibility and should care for the environment in which we are a visitor. Clear the forest of contaminations so future users (Bushcrafters, recreationists, animals, etc.) will not be affected by the negative influence. In other words; Leave no trace. I think we should be aware of the footprint we leave behind and think about the consequences of our actions in the short and long term. For this reason I do not stand behind people who say that they are bushcrafters but are breaking down half a forest at the same time.
For me, a bushcrafter is someone who considers how much fruits he should take from a bush or a mushroom and who doesn’t take them all because they taste so good. A bushcrafter also thinks about the animals which have to feed themselves with the same fruits and about the reproduction of species.
It is about looking at the harmony and balance provided by nature and not disturbing this balance.
Other examples are using building-material which is already dead to build shelters and don’t impede animal and insects in their daily routines.
If people would take responsibility like said above, nature will become a more appreciated piece of our lives and be better preserved.
What is survival / Vision on Survival
Survival is the skill to survive. A lot is allowed to prevent yourself from dying. The main target is to get out of the current situation as soon as possible. It will be clear that this definition is not my preference.
Having said that, ‘survival’ is a term that has become very popular on television and this has been taken over in the daily speech of many people. As I hear people talking about ‘survival’ they most of the time mean: Making a trip through nature and work on skills like; cooperation, strength, creativity etc.
This is very similar to bushcraft (read above) although I think it is also important to take care of nature in addition. As many people use the term ‘survival’ by this second definition I decided to also link this site to this subject. Therefore a site for ‘bushcraft & survival’.
Collaboration with Bushcraftnic.com
I think it’s important that people are aware of what nature has to offer and what nature do for individuals. Writing articles, taking pictures and editing videos takes a lot of time and effort. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion with all of you, but in order to keep this site online with the quality it has at the moment, some income is desirable. If you are interested you can invest in me. I can compensate, for example, by adding banners, product recommendations (products will always be tested by me) or can in mutual agreement be spread on the linked social media (Instagram, Youtube, Flicker). To keep sharing information, I collaborate with commercial and non-commercial partners.
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