TOP 4 Bushcraft Coffee Methods

Coffee is near the top of the packing list for just about any adventure. So regardless if we’re heading deep into the backcountry or just spending the day on the back 40, a pick me up via your favorite brew is a must-have.

How we brew our coffee depends on the day, the gear loadout, and sometimes just our mood. Here are some of our favorite ways to get our coffee fix in the woods.  

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Top 3 Alternative Outdoor Communications

When you’re in the backcountry communication is key. A solo traveler needs a reliable way to contact help in case there’s an emergency, and a group needs a reliable way to stay in touch with each other. While it’s tempting to rely on cell phones, if you’ve ventured far from the beaten path you’ve found that they aren’t always reliable. 

Below we’ve outlined some of our top picks for alternative backcountry communication. We’ve also shared some of our top choices for systems that use the respective band. Each platform has its pros and cons, so take a look and decide what works best for your locale and purposes. 

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Top 5 Medicinal Plants for Bushcraft

A key goal of bushcrafters is to replace equipment with knowledge, allowing for comfortable, ethical living off the land. But bushcrafting also sets you up for wounds and illnesses, so a large first aid kit is standard gear for the average outdoorsperson. But an extraordinary bushcrafter knows how to harness the powers of plants and mushrooms, just as our ancestors did, to deal with common issues in the wild. Here are my top five medicinal plants & mushrooms, based on years of study and experience as a medicinal chemist, herbalist, and outdoorsman. These are all found across North America, and should be some of the first plants you learn to identify in the wild.

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Top 5 Bushcraft Knives

Who makes the best bushcraft knife? Or better yet, what is the best bushcraft knife? These are the questions we ponder and discuss around the campfire amongst friends. There are nearly endless options in price, construction, and style of bushcraft knives, but most high-quality ones share a few specific characteristics. 

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Top 5 Bushcraft Knots

I was told many years ago that the entire world was once held together with cordage. That statement has stayed with me until this day. Being that I sleep under a tarp or in a tent more than I sleep indoors, I suppose that statement holds true to me in modern times, as well. 

 I must admit that choosing the best Bushcraft knots was not an easy assignment for me. There are so many great knots that do exactly what they are supposed to do and do it well. I’m proud of my knot skills, and  I personally use many different knots for various applications when I’m in the outdoors. So, I had to ask myself. “Self, if  I could only use five knots for the rest of my life, what would they be?” 

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Bushcraft Kelso’s Top 5 Everyday Carry Items

5 Things @bushcraftkelso

Never Leaves Home Without

Everyday carry (EDC) or every-day carry is a collection of useful items that are consistently carried on person every day. The main reasons for having EDC are utility and preparedness; to help individuals overcome simple everyday problems, including possible emergency situations.

First off, I want to say I carry so much stuff it’s crazy, and I’m okay with that. However, if I have to choose five items, I can easily do that too. I break my EDC down into “pockets,” front right, front left, etc. My front right is my “most used items” pocket. I also carry the normal items like my wallet, a multitool, and a belt knife.

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Top 5 Favorite Bushcraft Books

Outdoor Survival Skills

by Larry Dean Olsen

While Larry Dean Olsen might not be as well known as some of the legends of the bushcraft and survival world, he most definitely deserves a spot amongst their ranks. Mr. Olsen approaches survival from the viewpoint that a true survivor can live off the land without the aid of manufactured equipment. After reading Larry’s book, Robert Redford asked him to be a technical consultant on “Jeremiah Johnson.” Outdoor Survival Skills is organized into the normal sections of fire, water, plants, animals, and special skills, but you can be sure that each includes unique knowledge that isn’t found in the majority of bushcraft books. From unique traps to how to derive sugar from roasted ants, this text will surely impart new knowledge on bushcrafters from novice to expert. Even though the first edition of Outdoor Survival Skills was published in 1967, the information it includes is no less relevant, and this book belongs on the shelf of everyone that is interested in bushcraft, survival, and primitive skills. 

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