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The Sound Of Silence

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Chatter' started by Wander, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. Wander

    Wander Nomad

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    I did something today I've not done for ages - just go out to the woods, have a brew up, and just sit there and take it all in.
    Seriously. Been ages.
    Oh yeah, I've been out. But I've been doing other things - photography, a walk, a bike ride, wildlife spotting. That kind of thing.

    But today I went to some local woods (really nice mix of deciduous and coniferous), fired up the stove, had a brew up (and a sausage and mushroom roll) and just sat there at listened.

    And that's the point of this thread.

    What, for you, is the sound of bushcraft?

    Now, you see, if you'd asked me this before today I probably would have said either the crackling of the fire or maybe the wind in the trees. And I reckon they will be popular responses.

    Though sitting there today, I realised what the sound of bushcraft was for me. It's the sound of the billy can lid rattling as you check the water.
    I missed that sound. I heard it again today, for the first time in ages, and I realised that was the sound, for me, that summed it up.

    So that's my question for you - what is your sound that sums up bushcraft/camping/being outside. Whatever you want to call it. What's your sound?

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  2. bobnewboy

    bobnewboy Settler

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    For me - the sound of me sighing as I relax, and the birdsong.
     
  3. rik_uk3

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    The hiss of a Primus stove.
     
  4. Chainsaw

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    The sound this makes as it goes through the water.... Badly needed today!

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  5. Leshy

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    The birdsong after you've gone quiet and still for 10 minutes , the wind in the trees and the crackling of the fire are all sounds I identify with a nice Bushwhack day.

    But the one sound that makes it for me is the sound of the Tawny owl at night fall ...(or any owl actually!)

    That one only happens when I'm out there for the night, and that alone makes it all worth it for me.

    I'd love to add, the sound of my crook knife cutting through a spoon blank or a lump of green wood.
    That particular sound sums bushcraft for me , but then again I do those at home too , so it's not exclusive to the bush
    ...)

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  6. Allans865

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    I regularly head into the woods near me for a brew up and chill out and nothing more, sometimes only for an hour or two, love it!
    So for me it's the sound of pouring water into my crusader cup and the sound of the cup rattling and scraping on my hexi stove....

    And also the smell of the hexi blocks burning...the smell of bushcraft for me!

    Thanks,

    Allan
     
  7. kpeter20

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    For me it's the smell of bracken and trees. Preferably pine but any will do really.
    Being able to get shelter in pine trees out of the wind and making use of dry/soft ground around them makes it for me.
    Never got around to having a night out under pine but just thinking about it makes me smile. I can smell it just thinking about it.



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  8. LadySmyth

    LadySmyth Tenderfoot

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    For me, it's birdsong and noticing other rustlings. ✌

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  9. middlewolf

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    I'd like to contribute but you guys have seemed to cover it pretty good from my point of view. Thanks for the reminder of what does get forgotten at times.
     
  10. Mack13

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    I often head to the woods for days out, either with dogs or just with my girlfriend, so for me the 'sound of bushcraft' is more associated with night time. I think the best sound is simply the sharp snap of a twig as dusk sets in (means the local deer are close by) or the hoot of an owl above.
    I'd like to add a 'feeling' of bushcraft for me. The feeling of gently rocking in my hammock at night, which is weird considering I have suffered with motion problems since a severe bout of Labyrinthritis a few years back. It might be the surroundings too which make it the rocking pleasant..
     
  11. MikeLA

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    have to copy this one because this is what I daydreaming of while reading all the first comments.
     
  12. rancid badger

    rancid badger Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Or later on, a Vapalux lantern:)
     
  13. rancid badger

    rancid badger Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Here you go;
    [video=youtube;602oovfpNiY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=602oovfpNiY[/video]
    I filmed this a few years ago in the lakes.

    Anyone for a paddle?:canoe:

    Steve
     
  14. Leshy

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    Very relaxing Steve ... 👍

    The end there looked a bit of a challenge, narrow , against the current , shallow as ducks breast.
    Just curious , did you have to get out and walk it in the end?

    Either way , beautiful scenery and very quiet . My idea of fun👍
     
  15. rancid badger

    rancid badger Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I did indeed but the ride back down was worth the wet feet.
     
  16. Leshy

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    I thought so, it does look lovely there !👍
     
  17. Wayland

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    I don't get to listen to silence. I've had severe tinnitus for years so the best I can hope for is whistling and the thump of my pulse.

    i do enjoy the sound of a strong wind or a lively sea though
     
  18. Joonsy

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    lying in the long grass listening to skylarks on a lazy summers day.
     
  19. rancid badger

    rancid badger Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    You just took me all the way back to being 7 or 8! We lived in a very similar location to Billy Casper in the film "Kes". 50 yds from our house you were straight into huge rolling fields that seemed to go on forever and every summer they were filled with skylarks. I would often take off into the fields and be gone all day, sometimes with a few other kids, sometimes solo. It's all gone now, covered with a couple of thousand houses.
     
  20. rancid badger

    rancid badger Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I too have tinnitus these days. It ranges from a constant high pitched tone to a low and steady hissing sound, with a lot of variation in between. Oddly, I can actually change the note but I've no idea how I do it.

    When I'm paddling it is barely noticeable, in fact it pretty much disappears. Whether it's due to distraction or being cancelled out by the ambient noise around me or some other reason I've no idea but pleasant nonetheless.
     

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