By the time you graduate from high school you’ve spent twelve years learning the ways of our culture, but the vast majority of people are still strangers in the natural world that gave rise to it. They have no knowledge of how to take care of themselves. They don’t know how to identify common edible plants, read the sky to forecast the weather, navigate by the stars, build a comfortable shelter out of natural materials, or make a fire without modern equipment. They don’t know the simple, rural, outdoor life that most of humanity has lived.
Many people are motivated to learn and experience more, but most won’t do anything except check out a few websites and learn some buzzwords. But this doesn’t aid you significantly with regards to reaching your goal of being competent and comfortable in the bush in all seasons.
If you’re reading this you probably already have a few books that promise to give you all you need to live in the bush for an extended period of time. But they didn’t deliver, so you’re looking for more. To really learn the self-reliance of the bush, it takes time and experience.
But people in the modern world are lazy. Why do you think there are so many survival tools and gadgets that didn’t exist a hundred years ago? Because everyone wants the easy way.
Here’s a news flash; there is no easy way. You can buy all the gear and fake it, but you’ll know you’re faking. Or you can go the hard way, the real way, and know deep inside yourself that you’re the real deal. How will you know? Experience.