As Summer comes roaring in our thoughts turn to getting out into the woods and enjoying the beauty and splendor that this world has to offer. It is a way of getting back to our roots and channeling our frontier forefathers.
Although I would not consider myself an “ultralight” backpacker, I do like a bit of a lighter backpack. I am getting older, and things don’t function quite like they used to. That, combined with the fact that I believe skills beat gear, hands down, I am the type of person that believes it is better to pack lighter and make what you need in the field than it is to pack a huge, heavy backpack full of stuff you probably won’t even use.
Don’t get me wrong, if you saw my backpack, you would find that I, like many others, do tend to bring a bit with me, but much of the bulk of it is camera gear. Which might be why I prefer to take less gear.
Although we refer to any kind of crafting in the field as “bushcraft,” much of what we know of it was nothing more than necessary survival skills just a couple hundred years ago—if even that long. Although the art of bushcrafting may not be as vital to our daily survival as it was during the forging of our country, it is still important for myriad reasons.
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