Practice is not mandatory, neither is survival....
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A long time ago I acknowledged one thing, the best survival tool is useless if it is not within reach when needed.
prac·ti·cal - relating to, or manifested in practice or action : not theoretical or ideal.
survivor - 1 : to remain alive or in existence : live on 2 : to continue to function or prosper
Practical Survivor - survival manifested in practice or action , not theoretical. to remain alive or in existence.
With shows such as survivor man and man vs wild a lot of people are rushing into hiking and camping. Like anything else in life, you do not become a pro basketball player by watching the games on television.
My pursuit for survival/bushcraft knowledge began many years ago while training with Robert Bussey's Warrior International group. My instructor Chris Leonard felt that as part of our martial arts training, we should practice overall self preservation. I am very thankful for the knowledge learned from the Bussey group. My quest for survival skills continues along with my love for bushcraft and backpacking.
Bushcraft and self preservation tactics take patience and training. You will learn tricks along the way that are specific to your area. Keep in mind that wildlife, weather patterns, plants and terrain differ greatly from region to region. Although you can practice and learn in your backyard or local park, it is important to practice your skills in less than perfect conditions. Your confidence in a situation will come from the knowledge that you have done this before.
For many years camping and hiking has given me a sense of freedom. From North Carolina's Uwharrie national forest to Michigan's upper peninsula, I continue to be amazed at the beauty of nature. Spending a week in the wild helps me to get a different perspective on life. Spend one day without water and you will see what I mean.
The more time we spend with nature, the more we learn to respect it and enjoy its beauty. This website is simply a way for me to share my passion for nature, bushcraft and survival techniques I learn along the way. This website is for information purposes only. Please never follow just one source for your knowledge, try different techniques and turn it into your knowledge. This knowledge has been around throughout history, we must take the time to read about it and more importantly practice.
Whether you are camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, or hunting, please try to leave a the lightest footprint possible. Nature is very delicate and our kids should be able to enjoy it too.
Survival training will open your eyes to a whole new world. The longer I train, the more I learn to respect and enjoy nature. I challenge anyone to practice these skills and find the journey to self discovery it brings.
Note: Although many people out there describe themselves as masters of of survival and bushcraft, the truth is these skills take a lifetime to master. Every time we go out, we learn something new. The reality is that most of us have to deal with every day life and are unable to live in the bush full time. The first step towards the path of knowledge is to admit we are not masters yet forever students of nature.
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