Ok, it got seconded and not vetoed, so here it is. Discussion of bushcrafting, either as hobby or as a means to prepare for unforeseen circumstance where outdoors skills will be much more important than correctly ordering a latte. Recently I posted my walkabout bag's contents. I have attempted to cover my 6 basic needs - water, fire, shelter, signaling, food, and first aid. I am carrying the tools that make answering those needs easier and faster. I'm also interested in primitive skills, which forgo the need for gear, but find it hard to dedicate much time to it. I consider myself friends with Alan Halcon, who is recognized as one of the masters of the hand-drill, and may still posses the shortest time record for generating a coal through its use. I was a Cub Scout from the age of 8, though I'd been camping with my parents since I was born, practically. Earned my Eagle at 17, and have been a Scoutmaster in one capacity or another for nearly 20 years now. I have tried nearly every system of camping, from just jumping in the van with a sleeping bag and some groceries, to full-up Mechanized Infantry Scouting (2 Suburbans and trailers full of gear for 8 kids), and am now on a path towards ultralight, though that argument gets silly as you approach zero. I'm always on the hunt for useful ideas, tested methods, and quality equipment I don't need to think about too hard to use. I participate on several other forums, though most of them tend to take the SHTF Uber-Prepper mentality a bit too far for my taste, and have too many politics floating like scum just above the rich soup of knowledge I'm really after. I'd like to keep this thread practical, and cooperative vs. competitive. So what's your story?