Interesting discussion. My definition;
"The ability to enjoy the outdoors without the use or convenience of unmaintainable modern equipment or materials. The enjoyably part is important - all those little skills that make life enjoyable and pleasant make it easy to survive in comfort, Being one with the environment with minimal impact. And survival too!"
Wow 50 words...lol
First of all, a Happy New Year to all - North or South of the Equator !
I have been lucky enough to have spent this christmas in a holiday let cottage in Cornwall (UK) on the edge of the Bodigga Cliff, not a single sound of civilisation, just the wind and the waves on the shore some way below us, and true, total darkness (when the sky was clear - no moon) A wood burning fire was the real bonus.
In the (blissful) week I spent there with my good Lady, I was reminded of just how much "junk" I/we live surrounded by. We had shelter, a roof above our heads, somewhere comfortable to sleep, electricity, running water etc. There was no 'phone, nor internet - it was PEACE, I have not slept so soundly for a very long time, and it was a time for reflection of all the detritus we seem to accepted as a normal requirement for our lives.
When I awoke in the morning, my thoughts were "when should I light the fire, do I have enough wood (for the fire), when shall we eat, what shall we eat ?"
I didn't hunt food, I found a farmer nearby who sold wood and basic food, eggs and vegetables, so I spent the week preparing the wood for the fire, making feather sticks from logs, splitting tinder, not a single fire was started using paper, a pheasant provided dinner christmas day (plucked and prepared by me)
So, in summary, for me, it is about getting away from the junk of modern day living, about getting back in touch with what really matters - it refreshes the soul ;)
Sorry about my abrupt reply , survival , but since i have spent a lot of years " out there doing it " I have learned that survival must be foremost in the minds of all those who venture over a stream /river that could flood and leave you stranded on the wrong side for several days or get caught by a suden change in the weather you must always have the three 2's in mind 2hours before hypothermia gets you 2 days without fluids 2 weeks before you starve so going bush without the skills to deal with all of these possibilities leaves you to the dire reasults ... Having been on many search and rescue operations Ican testify to the fact that most of the experienced ? souls that were rescued were not really experienced but had just been lucky all those years previously spent in the bush learning some of the skills needed is laudable but if you are going into the bush in anarea that could see you stranded without proper clothes, shelter, food or the means of obtaining them be sure you can summon help .. once again sorry for being a bit abrupt ... Rob