Dave. Southern Land Solo's Blog (21)

New Bushcraft Series From One Of The Best

Hi all. There is a new Youtube series on Beginning Woodscraft. It is called Woodscraft 101. 

The series is by a bushcrafter/woodsman from way back, Blackie Thomas. Blackie has been hunting and bushcrafting in the forests of the Southern USA, since he was a kid.

This series is focused mainly on the beginner but he always has great learning for anyone. If you are trying to sift through the mountain of different information, options and opinions on what to buy and what to do, then…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on October 3, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

How To Find Wild Foods In NZ Bush

Hi everyone. 

 If you are interested in learning some wild bush foods and medicines; how to find and identify them, what parts are edible and when to eat them, then please check out the series I have been doing on my Youtube channel. The Playlists will have all of them so far.

 Right now is the season for Kiekie Fruit to be eaten. Kiekie is easily spotted and is all over NZ, so it is well worth looking in your local area. Its fruit is quite…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on June 22, 2019 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

Six Hours On A Sunday:

Six Hours On A Sunday: wild edibles, natural tinders, kit testing.

Easter Sunday morning. I got up later than I wanted which meant getting into the bush a lot later than I had planned.

 I got dressed, filled my canteen, grabbed some food, got me and my gear into the car and drove to where I had planned to go. It was already 10.30am when I headed into the bush. I came out at 4.30pm. I spent six hours under the canopy. Doesn’t sound like much time but I made the most of it. I…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on April 2, 2018 at 23:49 — 3 Comments

Navigation Practice

Hi yall. I live in Hamilton, Waikato and would be very interested in hooking up with others to learn and practice Navigation. I suck at it so I am hoping that a few others will suck less than me so I can learn and get skilled up. But anyone should come and we can teach ourselves if need be.

This would be a great time to meet up with others on this site, get in some outdoors time and experience, test out some of our kit (and our fire making skills for a hot brew during the breaks) . If…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on November 8, 2017 at 14:24 — 6 Comments

Woodcraft And Camping. A book by Nessmuk

If you are interested in camping and bushcraft the way our forefathers used to do it then you will love this book!

George Sears (Nessmuk) had this book published in 1920 but in it he relates his experience and expertise from trips into the wilds of the USA as far back as the 1800s.

It is written in an old english style that connects you with his time and the way people used to think and communicate back then. Nessmuk not only shares his thoughts on the times he lived in but…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on October 28, 2017 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Best Campfire Comp

Labour weekend. Camped by a creek in the Puhoi bush. About to chow down on my favourite canned cuisine. This awesome meal was followed by a sleepless night on incredibly hard ground. One week later, when my back pain finally subsided, I went hunting for a hammock. …


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on August 25, 2017 at 0:38 — 2 Comments

Toa Hunter Gatherer

Toa Hunter Gatherer.



There is a new show coming to Maori TV this September.

Above are links to "Toa Hunter Gathers's" Facebook page and Youtube Channel. Well worth checking this out.

New Zealand is loaded with experienced outdoors/bush men and…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on August 29, 2016 at 23:43 — No Comments

Bushcrafters needed for bush work

Hi Guys

This is mostly of interest to Auckland and surrounding area members but may be of interest to more.

The land owner of a large area of NZ bush is looking for a person or people who are interested in the outdoors to help control the possum and rodent problem in the area by topping up small bait stations with poison pellets. 

I have been working this land by myself for a few years. I am moving to the Waikato and will be looking for an opportunity to do the same down…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on July 10, 2016 at 20:49 — 5 Comments

Youtube Channel on the NZ Bush

Hi guys.

I just joined the growing group of Youtubers and started a channel. It is about the NZ bush, bushcraft, kit and gear, enjoying the outdoors and how to get out there. It is called daveoutdoorsnz. if you are interested in videos of the awesome NZ outdoors then you might like to check it out. I love the NZ bush and photographing things so I put it together into videos. Please check them out and let me know what you think. Here is the link to my…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on March 11, 2016 at 0:23 — 3 Comments


Hi guys and gals.

Just to let you know. I have been selling a bit of bushcraft/survival kit on Trademe. I am trying out a few things related to bushcraft and selling kit was one of them. I am selling off my remaining stock so that I can try out some new things in bushcraft, most likely photography. 

I would like to sell the remaining items so that I can get my expenses back and purchase some camera equipment. 

For anyone who is interested and a member of…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on May 4, 2015 at 7:00 — 4 Comments

Budget Bushcraft Re-posted

Budget Bushcraft

Hi guys. This is just a re-post of one way to get kit together relatively quickly and inexpensively. All this stuff can be can be found at our local shops here in NZ. 

Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on April 20, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Getting Out There. Blanket Roll Camp Out

A cool little phrase on the Bushcraft NZ website says Learn, Share and Get Out There. Getting out there doesn’t happen unless I make a plan to do it. Without the learning my getting out there could end up a disaster. I decided to try something I have been thinking about for a while. A Blanket Roll Camp Out. I learned how to do it, I got out there and did it. This article is the sharing part.…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on April 5, 2015 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

Awesome Youtube video

Hi guys. I just watched this video on Youtube. I thought I would put the link on here for anyone who wants to see. It is sort of an old meets knew bushcraft theme. Very well filmed.


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on March 9, 2015 at 22:37 — 1 Comment

Pouches, Packs, Belt and Bedroll

Hi Guys. I am thinking of trying out British Army 58 Pattern Webbing for bushcraft. Does anybody have any experience with it or have any to sell?

Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on February 17, 2015 at 20:40 — 4 Comments

Budget Bushcraft


Budget Bushcraft

I recently spent a few hours at my local branches of Bunnings Hardware Store, Hunting And Fishing (H & F) and Kiwi Disposals Army Surplus. I wanted to price a low cost bushcraft kit. I did not want cheapo rubbish that would fail outdoors so I looked for a balance of quality and pricing.

A barrier to getting outdoors can be cost. But do we have to pay as much as we think? My aim here was to find what is readily available at…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on November 7, 2014 at 22:59 — 10 Comments

Does Cotton Kill?

Hi guys. I thought I would put in my 2 cents on a topic I have heard a lot about over the years. This is from my experiences and thoughts and I would appreciate others opinions on the subject. For me, it is all about learning and growth.

Does Cotton Kill?

In my experience, it depends how I wear it.

The armies of the world have been wearing cotton shirts and trousers for centuries and still do today. From the amount of wars being fought around the globe I…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on September 27, 2014 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

New Hennesy Expedition Hammock

Previously I did a blog on My Bedding. Sleeping Bags and Bivys

I got some great comments from Bushcrafters Neil and Benjamin about hammocks. I decided to try it out. Here is what I found.

This Queens birthday weekend I honored Her Majesty by going bush for two days and killing possums. Last time I slept one night on the ground cushioned by my inflatable mat and…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on June 2, 2014 at 17:00 — 9 Comments

My Bedding. Sleeping Bags and Bivys

Hi Everyone. 

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…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on October 13, 2013 at 0:00 — 10 Comments

Ten Dollar Cooker Kit Test

Hi Everyone. 

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…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on June 30, 2013 at 22:45 — 1 Comment

Puhoi Camp Out 4.5.2013

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…


Added by Dave. Southern Land Solo on May 5, 2013 at 23:42 — No Comments

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