I was discussing bushcraft on Saturday and trying to explain it to someone whose life experience has been all in urban areas. In discussing life at our field school, I explained that it was just like life anywhere else, except without the infrastructure. I thought about this for a while after the conversation ended, and the more I thought, the more I liked it as an explanation. In bushcraft, we do the same things we do in town, but we do it with either improvised infrastructure (fire cranes, shelters, bough beds, etc.) or with no infrastructure at all (running water, central heat, etc.). It teaches you to find creative solutions to problems and make them yourself. But it doesn’t change what you do in your daily life. You still, eat, sleep, laugh, interact with others, etc. It just eliminates the interceding layer of infrastructure that cuts us off from the world around us.
Bushcraft Is Life Without Infrastructure