Advanced Bushcraft: An Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

Advanced Bushcraft: An Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

by Dave Canterbury


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Trek deeper into the wilderness with New York Times bestselling author Dave Canterbury!

In this valuable guide, survivalist Dave Canterbury goes beyond bushcraft basics to teach you how to survive in the backcountry with little or no equipment. Using the foundation you learned in Bushcraft 101, Canterbury shows you how to completely immerse yourself in the wilderness with advanced bushcraft and woodcraft techniques. He covers crucial survival skills like tracking to help you get even closer to wildlife, crafting medicines from plants, and navigating without the use of a map or compass. He also offers ways to improvise and save money on bushcraft essentials like fire-starting tools and packs. With Canterbury's expert advice and guidance, you will learn how to forgo your equipment, make use of your surroundings, and truly enjoy the wilderness.

Whether you're eager to learn more after your first real outdoor adventure or have been exploring the backcountry for years, Advanced Bushcraft will help you take your self-reliance and wilderness experience to the next level.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440587962
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Series: Bushcraft Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 190,510
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Building Your Kit 15

Plan the Scope of Your Trip 16

Ten Cs of Survivability 17

Core Temperature Control 18

Tools 20

Comfort 25

Convenience 28

Tips and Tricks 28

Chapter 2 Natural Resources 29

Pine 31

Willow 34

Poplar 35

Oak 36

Sassafras 38

Birch 38

ITEMize 41

Medicinal Preparations 42

Tips and Tricks 43

Chapter 3 Wooden Tools and Simple Machines 45

Throwing or Digging Stick 45

Anvil Stump 46

Spear or Gig 47

Maul or Mallet 49

Wedges 49

Simple Woodland Machines 50

Tips and Tricks 54

Chapter 4 Advanced Firecraft 57

Primitive Fire Starting 58

The Bow and Drill Method 59

Flint and Steel Method 69

Solar Fire 71

Tips and Tricks 72

Chapter 5 Sheltering 75

The Four Ws 76

Establishing a Base Camp 77

Roving Camps 77

Permanent Shelter Options 81

Earthen Structures 84

Camp Amenities 86

Tips and Tricks 90

Chapter 6 Knots, Bindings, Weaving, and Looms 93

Cordage and Ropes 93

Knots 97

Basket Weaving 107

Weaving 110

Tablet Weaving 114

A Simple Peg Loom 115

Inkle Loom 117

Waist Looms 120

Nets and Net Making 121

Tumplines 123

Tips and Tricks 124

Chapter 7 Trapping 125

Animal Behavior 126

Animal Sign 127

Lower-Food-Chain Resources 128

Water-Type Traps 128

Types of Primitive Traps 132

Trapping Birds 138

Hunting 142

Tips and Tricks 145

Chapter 8 Preserving Food Sources 147

Flours and Meals 148

Nuts 150

Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs 151

Fruit Leather 153

Plant Sources of Storable Foods 153

Saps 155

Meat 156

Tips and Tricks 159

Chapter 9 Hide Preservation, Tanning, and Clothing Repair 161

Small Hides 161

Large Hides 163

Rawhide 164

Making Leather 164

Clothing Repair and Reproduction 166

Repair Stitches 167

Simple Clothing Patterns 169

Tips and Tricks 171

Chapter 10 Woodworking 173

Tools 173

Dimensional Lumber 178

Workbenches 179

Besom 180

Axe and Tool Handle Replacement 181

Making a Wood Bow 184

Making Arrows 188

Tips and Tricks 191

Chapter 11 Blacksmithing 193

Blacksmithing Tools 194

Sources for Metal 197

Working with Hard Metal 200

Chapter 12 Containers and Conveyances 207

Water Containers 208

Baskets 209

Clay Vessels 210

Boats 214

Pack Frames 221

Tips and Tricks 222

Appendix A Tarp Setups 223

Appendix B Dutch-Oven Cooking 225

Appendix C Cloud Charts 235

Appendix D Primitive Navigation 237

Appendix E Mineral Hardness Scale 245

Appendix F Measurement Conversions 247

Index 249

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