Learning by Copying:  Making a Leather Tinder Pouch

Well, I’ve been YouTubing again – It’s such a dangerous hobby sometimes!  I’ve been watching my bushcraft hero, MCQ Bushcraft, and decided to try making his leather tinder pouch, which looks gorgeous!  Is it practical and useful in an every-day way?  Not really – not for me, at least.  But is it beautiful and super …

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Building a Shelter in the Woods and Sleeping in it: My Wilderness Survival Course with Canada West Mountain School

My first experience building a shelter out in the woods was really interesting.  Building a shelter really changed the way I felt in that environment.  At first, when I set out to find a location for my shelter, I looked around me at the thick brush and trees all around.  It all felt somewhat closed …

Preparing for my Overnight Wilderness Survival Course

I am super excited for this course I’ve signed up for from Canada West Mountain School.  It’s an overnight survival course, covering navigation skills, fire construction, shelter-building, and emergency response.  It'll be taking place in 2 weeks and the overnight part of the course will be on a property in Squamish, where we build tarp …

How did I get so interested in camping / survival / bushcraft?

The first exposure I ever had to ‘survival’ was probably reading Swiss Family Robinson as a child.  That story sounded SO cool.  Loved the idea of hollowing out a cave and living in it.  And just realizing you are surrounded by riches in the wilderness – resources for food and shelter…Actually, the book makes it …