A Correlation Between The Equipment You Choose and The Skills You Learn.
Correlation Between The Equipment You Choose and The Skills You Learn.
I believe that when choosing equipment for survival use in the bush,
there is more to consider than just ease of use and sustainability. Obviously
when preparing for long term wilderness living, you need to choose equipment
that will survive the years of use, but what about a correlation between the
equipment & the skills you learn from using this equipment?
As an example, anyone can learn primitive fire lighting skills, they
can learn about native plant tinders & the difference between tinder &
kindling. They can learn about wet weather fire lighting & where to find
dry kindling in the rain, but how many people do you think will actually learn
these skills if they are using a BIC lighter or a ferrocerium rod &
Vaseline cotton balls to make fire? Let us take another example; using bow
& arrows for hunting. If you are using a bow for hunting, or even a
muzzle-loader, you need to know how to stalk your game in close. You may only
get the one shot, plus you need a clean kill or at the very least a disabling
shot. But how does this compare to someone using a long range modern
Now for those of you that now ask the question what does it matter? I
say this, IF you are unable to get a fire going with your BIC lighter or if you
should take a fall & break your lighter, how are you going to make fire? If
you run out of ammo or your modern rifle malfunctions, how are you going to be
able to hunt for food? Yes I know, you may have learnt how to make traps &
learnt about trapping, you may also have more BIC lighters on your person, but
you can surely see where I am coming from. I believe that a person who is primitive
oriented & chooses to carry primitive equipment (pre 19th
century), is likely to be more knowledgeable regarding primitive survival
skills than someone who uses modern equipment.
What equipment do you use? What primitive survival skills have you
learnt? Think about it!