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    My nephew has started getting in to bushcraft. I told him I'd put together a top ten tips for him. Once I started doing it I found I had hundreds of things I could include and found it difficult to narrow it down to the Top 10. What are you top ten things a young bushcrafter should know? You guys might be able to help me focus a bit. So ahat are your top ten tips - the basics.

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    Start with the essentials:

    Shelter:
    • Be able to rig a tarp to suit different weather conditions.
    • If lucky enough to have a suitable area to play in, building debris shelters & lean to.


    Fire:
    • Be able to light a fire using different methods, matches, fero rod, flint & steel & bow drill.


    Food & Water:
    • Be able to cook a meal using a stove and over a fire.
    • As his skills develop - prep of game and some basic foraging
    • Make water safe to drink - filter & boil, chemical, or flash filtration unit.



    I would also look at kit selection, looking at fit for purpose etc, and how to pack a rucksac.

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    Carry a first aid kit and know how to use it.

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    Number 1

    Sharp safety and some basic first aid
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    Lol celt ginger simultaneous post
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    Leave No Trace..........

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    Patience is a great skill to learn

    Be aware. Of yourself, your environment, your tools.

    Hard work's good for you

    Make time to chill out.

    Nobody knows it all, but everybody knows a bit.

    Walk lightly, use don't abuse, try to leave better than you found.

    Good friends are worth their weight in whatever you carry in to share

    Phone home ! Tell your Mum you're alive and well.

    It doesn't rain every day.

    It's a big world out there, don't just observe, be part of it.




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    Always, always, always, (always) gather 3 times as much wood as you think you're going to need to light a fire. The instinct is to gather just what you think you'll require and it's blummin never enough, especially when it's wet. Once I started doing this I never really had any more problems getting a fire going.
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    IMO the first & most important was beautifully put by Dirty Harry; "a man's got to know his limitations"



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    "There's no such thing as bad weather - just inappropriate clothing."

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    How to pitch a tent well.

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    1. Always cut away from you.
    2. When using an axe, practise swinging slowly before chopping to see if the axe may end up in you if it goes awry.
    3. Take things slowly.
    4. Always be aware of your personal space when using sharps. If someone is close enough to touch you or be touched by your sharp, move away.
    5. Notice which way the ground slopes - don't set up camp in a bowl. If it rains, you will get wetter and possibly flooded.
    6. Set your fire for the wind... Use the wind direction wisely to keep your fire lit.
    7. If you are going away from camp, take note of landmarks to help you find your way back.
    8. Don't leave camp after dark... the woods look a lot different after dark and you will get lost.
    9. If you don't do it - it won't get done.
    10. Have fun!

    I wrote these with a child in mind

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    Thanks guys.

    I was going to write him a little Top 10 tips card and then laminate it so it ddn't get wet. I ended up with so much stuff that the card would have been so big it would have doubled as a shelter!

    I was interested what you guys would say as a top 10. I guess keeping blades sharp and knowing how to use them, keeping dry/making a shelter and lighting a fire have got to be the top ones. Knowing some basic first aid is probably important too.

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    Talking top ten

    as you quite rightly said the top ten bushcraft items are hard to narrow downjust try to rember kiss(keep it simple stupid! )

    some thing to sleep in

    something to sleep on

    something to cook in

    something to cook on

    something to carry water

    something to cut with

    something to carry it

    food

    toilet roll

    your knowledge

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    Never take a laxative and a sleeping pill at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oblio13 View Post
    Never take a laxative and a sleeping pill at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pitta-pitta View Post
    Thanks guys.

    I was going to write him a little Top 10 tips card and then laminate it so it ddn't get wet. I ended up with so much stuff that the card would have been so big it would have doubled as a shelter!

    I was interested what you guys would say as a top 10. I guess keeping blades sharp and knowing how to use them, keeping dry/making a shelter and lighting a fire have got to be the top ones. Knowing some basic first aid is probably important too.
    You should make tarps/bashas with your tips/advice printed on the inside and sell them as "Know How Tarps" or something...

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    I thought he asked for tips? Seems like everybody is suggesting skills.

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    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddy View Post


    cheers,
    Toddy
    You learn skills as you go along, a top tip saying this is how you must put your tarp up or to always have you knife razor sharp may not be easily reached straight away as it is a skill that is learnt through repetition and time practising.

    Tips are more along the lines of something that will make your life easier and yet can be achieved if only you think about it and apply yourself. Tips are things like filling your flask last thing at night so that your water is good and hot in the morning and you can bring it back to the boil rapidly for that all important brew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill_ue View Post
    You learn skills as you go along, a top tip saying this is how you must put your tarp up or to always have you knife razor sharp may not be easily reached straight away as it is a skill that is learnt through repetition and time practising.

    Tips are more along the lines of something that will make your life easier and yet can be achieved if only you think about it and apply yourself. Tips are things like filling your flask last thing at night so that your water is good and hot in the morning and you can bring it back to the boil rapidly for that all important brew!
    and things like not getting in your hammock without having a pis* first
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrEd View Post
    and things like not getting in your hammock without having a pis* first
    That counts as a tip to me! Certainly not a skill! Drinking a case of Carling before going to bed is a skill, not a top tip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill_ue View Post
    That counts as a tip to me! Certainly not a skill! Drinking a case of Carling before going to bed is a skill, not a top tip!
    and normally that results in the pis* in a hammock situation lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill_ue View Post
    You learn skills as you go along, a top tip saying this is how you must put your tarp up or to always have you knife razor sharp may not be easily reached straight away as it is a skill that is learnt through repetition and time practising.

    Tips are more along the lines of something that will make your life easier and yet can be achieved if only you think about it and apply yourself. Tips are things like filling your flask last thing at night so that your water is good and hot in the morning and you can bring it back to the boil rapidly for that all important brew!

    My was over the comment that, "everybody is suggesting skills "
    Look at post 12 for instance .

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddy View Post
    My was over the comment that, "everybody is suggesting skills "
    Look at post 12 for instance .

    cheers,
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    OK, it was a sweeping statement. You got me, it's a fair cop!

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    It's actually quite interesting to see the different approaches to the question.
    For a long while mainstream teaching seemed not to teach at all but to create environments where children learned for themselves.
    Sounds good, but in practice too many children ended up with scatterbrains and no constructive discipline in their behaviour.

    Imagine that in a bushcraft situation and we'd have miserable kids never wanting to go back out again Little bits of advice can have an inordinate effect.
    Like, the pot lid *will* be hot, or those nettles *will* sting, that knife is sharp don't test it on your brother, or if you don't tie those laces you *will* tangle your feet and coup........not quite the umbrella / eye out with, but the idea is sound.


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    i thought of another one........

    if you make a hot brew and pour it in a metal cup DO NOT touch the cup with your lips.
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    always carry a wide mouthed nalgene bottle with P tippexed on the top so you never need leave your sleeping bag or hammock for a slash
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