Art of Wilderness Survival Book

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This valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. It gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors.



A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry! With Canterbury’s guidance, you’ll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, but you’ll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you’ve never imagined.

“Canterbury covers everything: building out your kit, manufacturing tools, and supplies, food collection, cooking and protection from the elements. If you want to ‘be prepared’ for the time in the wilderness, this is a great guide.”

“With advice on not just getting along, but truly reconnecting with the great outdoors, Dave Canterbury’s treasure trove of world-renowned wisdom and experience comes to life within these pages.”

“What we like: The author pairs straightforward writing with helpful instruction to make a survival guide that is easy to follow and can be easily applied to a range of scenarios.”
-NY Daily News

“To say Dave is a survival authority is putting it mildly. Dave gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with easy-to-digest advice and practices on how to build the most critical survival skills. Bushcraft 101 is a very inexpensive insurance plan that any practical person should buy, read and stuff into a backpack before heading off the beaten path.”
-New Pioneer

“It offers a lot [of] detail…focusing on everything from knots to cooking to trapping… If you want to learn primitive skills, it’s a treasure trove of information.”
-Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“All the survival gear in the world isn’t going to help you if you don’t know how to use it. Penned by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival aims to make sure you know your craft… Even if you’re not escaping the apocalypse, but instead heading out into the backcountry to escape modern life for a few days, this is an indispensable guide for your outdoor travels.”

“With Canterbury’s guidance, you’ll prepare yourself for any climate and situation and you’ll learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature.”
-Uber Apparatus

“We’re quickly on our way to mastering the great outdoors with this copy of Bush Craft 101. Written by famous outdoorsman Dave Canterbury, the volume covers everything from the proper knots to know to scavenge edible food in the wilderness. This thing is serious. A must-have for anyone looking to go off the grid.”

“The advice in this book can help you live comfortably and manufacture tools from nature.”
-Gear Junkie

“Proficiency comes with practice, and everyone needs a starting point. Enter Dave Canterbury. This illuminating field guide in no way alienates the new student. For those passionate in their pursuit of the backcountry, it’s a must-read.”
-GrindTV (Yahoo! Sports)

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1 review for Art of Wilderness Survival Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    G. Phillips

    Most books about survival and outdoor skills don’t become “bestsellers”. But somehow Bushcraft 101 made it onto the 2014 New York Times list of Best Selling Sports Books. Why was that? In our opinion this book was popular because it’s a good, basic beginner bushcraft/wilderness survival book that can also be enjoyed by an experienced outdoors person because of the author’s credentials, writing style and content.

    Written by Dave Canterbury, known to many people as one of the original two survivalists on the TV show “Dual Survival,” where he was teamed with Cody Lundin (Dave was the one that wore shoes), the book focuses on Dave’s view of bushcraft; a view that means taking advantage of what nature makes available to you and using a minimum of gear to survive and thrive in the natural world, carrying “the knowledge and skills needed to create items straight from the landscape”.

    The main way that Dave’s book differs from the first two books on our favorites list is due to his focus on the skills necessary to thrive in the woods – not just the skills essential to surviving in the wild in an emergency. Because of this much of the book is based on Canterbury’s “Five Cs of Survivability” – items chosen since they are extremely hard to make in the wild and directly impact controlling your body’s core temperature. Dave’s Five Cs are:

    1) Cutting Tools – to manufacture needed items and process food
    2) Covering Elements – to create a microclimate of protection from the elements
    3) Combustion Devices – for creating the fires needed not only to preserve and cook food, but also to make medicines and provide needed warmth
    4) Containers – to carry water over distances or to protect collected food sources
    5) Cordages – for bindings and lashings

    The book also shows how Dave has a “systems” mindset (e.g. never carry anything unless it can perform multiple functions).

    The book has sections on:
    Gearing Up
    Your Pack
    Rope, Cordage, Webbings, and Knots
    Containers and Cooking Tools
    In The Bush
    Setting Up Camp
    Navigating Terrain
    Trees: the Four-Season Resource
    Trapping and Processing Game
    Conserving and Utilizing resources
    Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants
    Bush Recipes

    Dave’s detailed section on Tools is especially helpful for people new to camping. We also like Dave’s “Four Ws” relating to setting up a camp – Wood, Water, Wind and Widowmakers. Having 256 pages, measuring 5½ x ¾ x 8½ inches and weighing ~10 ounces this is probably a book that you learn from but do not take on the trail with you. Although shorter than all of our other recommended books, Bushcraft 101 is not intended to be all encompassing – since it is only intended to cover the “20 percent of bushcraft that is of the most value”.

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