Friday, October 16, 2009
Bushcraft Today is a look into how primitive and traditional living skills fit within the sphere of knowledge that is commonly referred to as “Bushcraft”.
At the outset, it’s probably helpful to distinguish between “survival skills” and “Bushcraft”. From my point of view, perhaps the easiest way of understanding the two ideas is to look at their ultimate goals. Whereas survival seeks to sustain life until rescue from the natural environment, Bushcraft seeks to master ways of living, even prospering within the natural environment indefinitely. Survival is about what it takes to get out alive, Bushcraft is about what it takes to stay in and live.
Survival is the foundation upon which all Bushcraft is built. There’s no wisdom in going out if you don’t have the skills to return.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Spring In The Park
Thursday May 1st to Sunday May 4th, 2008
An account of a spring canoe trip into Ontario’s Algonquin Park.
For a brief time each year, as the northern lakes first shake off their winter ice, large trout can be found feeding voraciously in the shallows until the lakes finally “turnover” and warming surface waters drives them back to the cooler depths. During this short time these trout become accessible to anglers willing to endure icy water, muddy portages and possible wintery weather. This is the story of one such group in Algonquin during the spring of 2008.