Back in my younger days, a lot of years ago, the Internet was theoretical and the only source of information available to John Q. Public who was interested in learning more about the wilderness, woodcraft/lore, and outdoor related activities was the local library, book stores, and outdoor related retailers. Today, there are literally thousands if not tens of thousands of “pages” of information on the Internet the would-be bushcrafter, hiker, backpacker, or survival enthusiast can find and research information. Social media venues like YouTube, social group forums, and Facebook, have also contributed to the great body of information available for anyone with access to a computer or mobile device and a good Internet connection.
My purpose here is to provide you with a few of the resources that I have found valuable over the years in my journey as a wilderness practitioner. I will keep adding to the list as time goes on. This list is by no means will be all encompassing, rather it is based upon my own experiences, research, and due diligence. My hope is that it becomes a starting point for you to build your own research library covering bushcraft, wilderness travel, woodcraft, fieldcraft, and survival.
First up is a social forum dedicated to Bushcraft and related topics called Bushcraft USA (BCUSA).
The founders of BCUSA and the moderators have done an outstanding job at keeping the site troll free and by doing so have created a social forum site where members can engage in a experiential learning environment. The site is free to join, but if you wish to, you can become a supporter. Vendors are welcome, but must pay to sell their wares, and are limited to posting only on their vendor forum. The rules of BCUSA are posted and easy to follow. Those who choose not to follow the rules get banned. BCUSA has a great digital library where members can download relevant information that other members, the founders, and MODs have uploaded information in order for all to benefit. In addition to the download library, one of the other useful benefits of BCUSA is their BuschClass program. BushClass takes you through three levels of digital learning; Basic, Intermediate, and Advance. BushClass follows the military training model of performance oriented training. There are videos demonstrating the tasks and standards. BushClass students then go out and practice them and take pictures or videos of how they perform the tasks and upload them into the portal for review. One of the SuperMods – SgtMac reviews the submission and gives you a GO/NO GO and you continue on through the program. For someone wanting to delve into bushcraft, BushClass is an excellent educational resource. As an educator, I can attest to the instructional quality of the program, and BushClass students have the opportunity of learning from each other digitally. BushClass is a FREE program for members andThe main “instructor”, Terry Barney, is a former Air Force Survival Instructor, and wilderness guide. Whether you are an old bushcrafter or woodsman, or new to bushcraft, you will find BCUSA a great site to learn and share information, and more importantly connect with likeminded folks and make friendships.
YOUTUBE – If you go to YouTube and type in bushcraft into the search pane, you will get hundreds of YouTube channels that have bushcraft related content, but which ones are actually useful resources and not just channels doing a lot of equipment/gear reviews and self-promotion?
So, here are a few of the YouTube Channels that I find particularly useful and are actually quite good. This is by far not a total list. It is merely a list to get you started on your own quest for knowledge and information.
Ray Mears & Woodlore LLC. – This is the official YouTube channel for British Bushcraft and Survival Expert, Ray Mears.
Karamat Wilderness Ways – This channel is the venue to share the wealth of knowledge and experience of Mors Kochanski, who is one of the great sages of bushcraft and survival in the Boreal Forest.
IAWoodsman – This is the Channel for the main instructor of BushClass found at BCUSA. For me, one of the better channels for explaining and demonstrating bushcraft skills. Short, sweet, and to the point.
Jack Mountain Bushcraft Journal – This the channel for the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School in Maine.
Cody Lundin – The official YouTube channel for Cody Lundin of Dual Survival fame.
IHatchetJack – He is a teacher that loves being in the woods and using more primitive methods for thriving in the wilderness.
NativeSurvival – Mitch’s channel is devoted to primitive woods skills, focusing on the New England region.
FeralWoodcraft – This channel was created by John Mobley and is a primitive – modern fusion of bushcraft and woodcraft skills and related information.
The Woodsman School – Derek Faria is a down to earth man with a passion for the woodsman way, and he is a certified Maine Guide.
Survival Lilly – Lilly’s channel comes to us from Austria. Lilly’s channel is very informative and straightforward.
BOOKS – The below list of books is just a fraction of the total number of books on the topic of bushcraft and related subjects of woodcraft, survival, and wilderness living. This list is by no means to be an end all list. These books, in my humble opinion are a good start to anyone’s library.
- Bushcraft: Outdoor skills and Wilderness Survival, Mors Kochanski.
- Bushcraft: The Ultimate Guide to Survival in the Wilderness, Richard Graves.
- Essential Bushcraft, Ray Mears.
- Woodcraft and Camping, George W. Sears – Nessmuk.
- SAS Survival Handbook, John “Lofty” Wiseman.
- Fieldbook, Boy Scouts of America.
- The Complete Walker IV, Colin Fletcher.
- The New Wilderness Handbook, Paul Petzoldt.
- The NOLS Cookery, The National Outdoor Leadership School.
- The Outdoor Survival Handbook, Raymond Mears.
- Camp-Lore and Woodcraft, Daniel Beard.
- The Essential Outdoor Gear Manual, Annie Getchell.
In future posts, I will add to this list of resources and provide new sources of information as I come across them. Until next time….!
FIELDCRAFTLTC – Out!