A long road - but it's been travelled! South Island Survival has recently gained Outdoors NZ Stage 1 Certification. That means that through independant audit of Safety Management Systems, South Island Survival has been found to comply with the legislative standards for safe operating systems. We deliver interesting, informative, engaging, challenging and educational Survival Training tailored to your needs; delivered by experienced and effective trainers; in a safe, supportive and…Continue
Hows it all going mate?Its been a while since I was on line.Lots
happened in the last 2 years namely a baby!!!Also I have become a MSC
Bush 1 Instructor and Bush Coordinator for the MSC here in Queenstown.I
am now running a variety of Bush Courses.The MSC is now coupled with
Duke of Edinborough.For instance I have 30 School kids we are taking out
to do a course Introduction to Bush Craft(its more of and intro to
Added by Adventure Walks on March 15, 2014 at 9:10 — No Comments
Recently made friction fire for the first time! Had smoke with bow drills many times before but never knew the correct native woods to use. Pate (seven finger) worked well as a drill on mahoe, but had a short lasting ember. However, mahoe on mahoe was the real deal. From ember to flame - what a feeling!
Stay curious, humble and never stop learning.
Check this guy out, http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=josh+james+kiwi+bushman&sm=1
Mad as brick, very entertaining but very knowledgable, well worth a look.
I thought I would put together some photos of the bedding I use in the bush and share some of what I have learnt. Please respond with any comments, suggestions and ideas you might have.
My current kit for bedding down is:
Katmandu Navigator 3 Season Down Sleeping Bag. Silk Liner. SOL Escape Bivy. Karmandu Self Inflating Mat. Plastic Tarp (for a ground sheet). NZ Army DPM Hootchie/Tent Fly (not shown). NZ Army Mosquito Net (not…Continue
I finally finished my double funnel basket EEL TRAP that I've been working on throughout the year. It is made from (locally sourced) bamboo and flax (harakeke), I'm very keen to try it out as soon as the weather warms up and the water ways calm down.
The trap is about 80 cm in length and about 23 cm in diameter, each bamboo rod is around 1 cm in…Continue
Added by Neil Clarke on October 4, 2013 at 17:04 — No Comments
I'm in Tauranga (my home town) for 2 weeks. A friend and I are going to be spending a lot of time out enjoying nature, if anyone in the area is keen let me know. Also if you have any recommendations of good bushcraft places nearby that info would also be much appreciated.
Stay humble and never stop learning :)
Added by Matthew Biddick on August 25, 2013 at 1:42 — No Comments
I bought a cheap emergency/survival cooker from a local supplier and tested it to see how it would do as a long term replacement for my gas cooker and disposable bottles. Here is what I found.
Emergency/Survival Cooker Kit (possibly Dutch Army issue) - $9.95 - From Top Gear, Albany, Auckland
I first used the cooker kit a couple of months ago on a camp in Puhoi, north…Continue
Hi Guys. Here are some photos of my overnighter in the Puhoi Village area.
Puhoi is 15 minutes north of the Auckland Harbor Bridge. I have been meaning to hook up with a couple of the Bushcraft NZ fellas and check out this area but timings and weather have made it difficult. On Friday I figured I would just pack and go regardless of the weather. At least it would be a chance to test my wet weather gear.
It was raining but not too heavy when I started out about 2pm Saturday. A…Continue
Added by Dave on May 5, 2013 at 23:42 — No Comments
Hi guys. Our latest news letter had a link to Fish Pond to buy a Columbia River Knife And Tool Company knife called the 1103. I wanted to buy this knife and emailed CRKT to see if it had a full tang. They let me know the knife advertised was a counterfeit and not one of theirs. I'm glad I found out before buying it and relying on it in the bush only to have it break on me. I have used Fish Pond before, good company, and will continue using them. Goes to show that it is good to check some…Continue
hi every one daveo is the name live in west auckland i have been looking for a site like this for a ages. As i love all aspects of the bush im am learning new zealand eatable plants at the moment witch is fun do a bit of hunting tramps fly camps and missons helicopter camps and in to doc hut. As i love going bush i find it hard to find others keen so i hope to meet some other keen bush men that love the bush and out doors to. im keen to meet new people all over nz who love out door life…Continue
Added by david killip on April 28, 2013 at 13:13 — No Comments
Alright guys its been a while but nothing much has caught my attention which is good enough to share but i found this site quite a while ago but a forgot till i found my old laptop. So on the website there is a heap of FREE E-books that you can browse or download and i found this one (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41668) Its called rustic carpentry but is full of furniture instruction to make furniture out of logs and…Continue
Went on the trip I talked about. The other hard men chickened out! Me and a mate went, kayaked and fly camped in some wild country and had epic adventures. Made cool camps and cooked awesome food we had made up. Met some other folk in the most unlikely remote spots and shared a brew and tales with them.
Kissed the beach when we got back through squalls, whirlwinds, and sleet.Thankfully didnt shoot anything but really enjoyed the challenge. Will try to post photos.…Continue
Added by roy ernest brickell on October 30, 2012 at 20:56 — No Comments
I wanted to make a gift for someone who I know has done a bunch of archery, so what better gift than a couple of primitive arrows, with a pair of those jade tips I made the other day? First I had to make the shafts:…Continue
Went back to the big smoke to vist me ol' ma.
Had this idea fresh in my mind, just couldnt silence the voice in my head that said "make it...c'mon...maaaaake iiiitt"
So I made it. The yellow goopy looking stuff is wood glue. Picture should be pretty self explainatory. This thing rips through firewood like there's no tomorrow, and fits on the outside of your pack like a glove.
Blade cost 5 bucks from Mitre10 Mega
Lake Waikareiti, North Island…Continue
Does anyone know where to buy wood carving tools, i am after a spoon or crooked knife in particular.