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Vaseline Cotton Ball Or Char Cloth

Whats best for you?

Added by Lachlan Jake Rogers on October 14, 2011 at 16:46 — 2 Comments

Fire starting!

Hey guys I was just wondering what do you guys think of the good old vasaline and cotton ball?

Added by Lachlan Jake Rogers on October 7, 2011 at 19:12 — 3 Comments

Roll on Summer!!!

Hey, everyone! The days are getting longer, the sunshine is a little warmer, and soon the Spring storms will be a distant memory. I am so looking forward to this years' camping and tramping season! Time to put my money where my mouth is. And to see if the money I spent on gear, etc, was worth it.

I have been having doubts recently about the amount of gear I have. What will I end up using? What will be surplus to my requirements? What will end up being my final reliable gear that I… Continue

Added by Rania Marsh on September 20, 2011 at 16:02 — 1 Comment

Greetings and Salutations!

Hello, fellas and fellesses!


Just an update for your perusal. I will be doing a video soon updating my gear and my kit. I have been acquiring some new things to add to it, along the lines of the 10 C's, as taught by Dave Canterbury. It will change, of course, as New Zealand is a lot different from America.


I have started a new job, I'm doing security, and I work with a great bunch of blokes. We do 12 hour shifts, 5pm to 5am, 4 on, 4 off. Hey, I can handle…


Added by Rania Marsh on August 24, 2011 at 15:16 — No Comments

Now, how is this supposed to work?

Ok, I'm confused, and slightly annoyed. There are, or seems to be, some buttons missing.

Adding vids from Youtube? No problems.

Adding vids from my computer? Not a chance!

On the How-to page, it says:

To add a video, follow the easy steps below:

  1. From the Multimedia tab, select Videos
  2. At the top right, click +Add Videos
  3. To add videos that are saved on your computer (and that are not copyrighted!), select "Click to Add Videos". We support…

Added by Rania Marsh on August 9, 2011 at 0:18 — 2 Comments

Summer, where art thou?

Another cold windy day. Even with the sun shining, its cold. How I wish that summer were here.


Mind you, winter gives us ample opportunity to sort out our gear, update and delete items out of date or surplus to our needs.


I'm watching a lot of Youtube vids, Dave Canterbury, Ray Mears, Survivorman Les Stroud, etc. No matter how many times I watch these vids, I keep finding new stuff to learn from.


Thats the key, I think. What worked for someone…


Added by Rania Marsh on August 5, 2011 at 16:14 — 3 Comments

Finding North By The Moon In The Southern Hemisphere

In the bush at night you wouldn't normally be using the Moon to navigate, but a good understanding of the relationship between the Sun and Moon will help you to make good decisions about travel in the bush. Especially if you are planning to travel by night or you are in a situation where you run out of daylight and a decision needs to be made about whether to stop or continue. In open country you can see quite well without a torch when there is half a Moon or better. But it is also good to…


Added by Frank Williams on July 24, 2011 at 21:09 — 3 Comments

Are there any Possum Hunters/Trappers that need a buddy?

The possum season is coming up soon, and I'd like to go back out there. So are there any possum hunters looking to have an extra pair of hands to help them out? 

I have experience in bushcraft, laying traps, plucking by hand, skinning, camp siting and setting up, I can cook, depending on the supplies, (I'm not perfect, there may be some things I can't do!). 

So there you go. Any help would be appreciated. I don't have a car, (I have my licence!), so transport would have to be…


Added by Rania Marsh on July 17, 2011 at 17:39 — 2 Comments

New eBook in the BushcraftNZ Library: The Ten Bushcraft eBooks by Robert Graves

Head the the BushcraftNZ Library to find it and many more. Its free to join!

The author of "The 10 Bushcraft Books", Richard Graves, is a member of the Irish literary family of that name. He is also the author of "Creating Customers" and "More About Creating Customers", two authoritative works on marketing.…


Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 11, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties eBook by Daniel C. Beard

Just came accross this great resource on all aspects of shelter production (hat tip to ebook is now the newest addtion to the BushcraftNZ library and can be found…


Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 6, 2011 at 23:00 — No Comments

Nature (repost from

One of the many blogs I subscribe to and read on a regular basis is The Art of Manliness. Its chock full of thoughts and ideas aiming to "revive the lost art of manliness" with everything from skills our grandads would have considered essential (how to shave with a cut-throat razor) to inspirations on what it means to…


Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on June 27, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Go Berkey Kit - Water Purification - backpacking, hiking, camping,

Go Berkey Kit (with 1 Black Berkey element)

The Go Berkey Kit designed for backpacking, hiking, camping, college students, world travel (business or vacation), on your desk at work or hundreds of other activities.   It is also excellent to have around in case of an emergency.…


Added by Amber on June 10, 2011 at 16:20 — No Comments

Water Bottle Purifier Military Field Canteen

Military Field Canteen Water Filter Bottle

Storage Capacity:
1.2 litres

Filter Replacement: Up to 380 litres on one filter or about 12 months use.  (Can go longer if using only with relatively clean water).  

NOTE: Replace filter when the water flow becomes…


Added by Amber on June 5, 2011 at 9:30 — 4 Comments

Wild foods and resources maps - Auckland and Christchurch

This topic is borderline bushcraft, probably more in the environmentalist/far left domain of "urban foraging". I just think its a great concept and if nothing else a remarkable feat of collaboration. (Thanks to Nadia for telling me about it)

Both the…


Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on May 31, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

A few favorite quotes

I think I could turn n live with animals

They are so placid n self contained

They do not lie in the dark n weep for their sins

They do not make me sick discussing their duties to a god

Not one kneels to another or to his/her own kind

that lived thousands of years ago

Not one of them is respectable or unhappy

all over the earth!~




Added by Ij on May 13, 2011 at 2:05 — No Comments

Constructing a Fire Piston



Creating fire by different techniques is fundemental to bushcraft. For years I have been intrigued by the fire piston, but considered the skill to make one was beyond me.


I then watched the video on this bushcraft site of a piston being carved out of wood with a…


Added by barnsey on May 12, 2011 at 23:24 — 4 Comments

Intro in the key of A sharp



Ive been actively involved in learning bush craft since I was a young kid, knee high to a grass hooper.

Ive been teaching since I was 15 ehthusiastically turning friends n kindred strangers onto aspects of bushcraft

then some time later in 94 I started to teach professionally at schools…


Added by Ij on May 12, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

Choosing an Axe (in NZ)

Recently found some great resources on selecting an axe from


"An axe with a longer handle is safer than one with a shorter handle. The longer handle allows the user to position himself further from the impact point. The further this distance is, the greater the safety buffer.  There’s much…


Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on March 30, 2011 at 16:19 — No Comments

Knife Buying



I am really new to bushcraft and am livin in the UK. I plan on moving to NZ soon and just wish to kno where i can get bushcraft equipment (knives, rope etc.)? Ive searched the internet but am struggling to find anyhing.


Any help appreciated :)


Curtis Johnson

Added by Curtis Johnson on March 23, 2011 at 7:40 — 4 Comments

Bushcraft Manual

A bushcraft manual has been published to help trampers stay safe in the great outdoors.

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council guide includes tips on trip planning, managing risk, river safety and emergency procedures.

It is aimed at both novices and those with experience to help people enjoy the bush safely.

About 400 search and rescue operations were carried out in the bush last year. More than three quarters of those needing rescue were New Zealanders.



Added by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on February 22, 2011 at 10:21 — 1 Comment

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