Part 1: Gearing Up
“The man, who goes afoot, prepared to camp anywhere and in any weather, is the most independent fellow on earth.”
Those items and knowing the landscape are all you need to pack. You could add a few more things such as first aid or navigation to make things easier but they are not needed. The book continues to build on top of these principles.
Starting with covering the different types of tools you will need for survival. Everything from knives, to axes, and how to care for them. You will also learn how to spot quality tools, because quality could be the difference between a fun trip in the woods and not coming back.
Then it goes on to cover cordage. Including cords, rope, webbing, and mule tape. It also tells you how to make natural cordage as well as some knots. The book also goes over lashings, bindings, toggles and some tips and tricks for rope and cordage.
Following with the five C's of survival, it covers containers next. Containers like water bottles and canteens, cups, pots, skillets, planks, and rotisserie. It also covers cooking irons, stoves and burners, and tools for food handling.
Part one ends by covering combustion and shelter. Combustion things like lighters, ferrocerium rods, lens, sticks, and blades. Shelter like tarps and tarp tents, polypropylene, canvas, oilcloth, ground pads, thermal blankets, hammocks, sleeping bags, wool blankets, and natural shelters.
Part 2: In the Bush
Shelter provides a micro-environment that supplements inadequate clothing or allows you to shed cumbersome layers, especially when you want to stop moving or when you want to sleep in cold weather. Shelter also enhances the effect of a warming fire.”
Where you set up camp is the most important decision you can make. The book has a simple checklist to go over when selecting camp, it's called the four W's. They are:
The book then goes into detail about each of the four W's. It also covers tarps, and many different types of fires. Such as long fires, Dakota fire pits, and keyhole fires.
The next chapter covers how to navigate the terrain. Navigation is an underrated skill to many people. Finding your way back to camp after a short scouting mission should always be manageable. It also covers things like compasses, terrain features and maps, measuring distance, obstacles, and figuring daylight hours
Trees are covered in the next chapter. Many plants you use has a short season you can use them in. Trees are a bit different, many of their resources are available year round. The important ones being construction materials and medicine. In this chapter Canterbury covers Pines, Willows, Black Walnut, Sassafras, Oaks, and tips for making use of trees.
In the final chapter the book covers trapping and processing game. Including, trap components, creating sign posts, bait, modern traps, improvised traps, water traps, specialty traps, primitive traps, deadfall traps, bird traps, fishing, and how to process everything you catch.
Bushcraft 101 - Conclusion
This book is the perfect book for anyone looking to start bushcrafting, or surviving. The book is packed with a plethora of knowledge for people of any skill level. It would make a great addition to any bug out bag. I, and many others, would heavily recommend this book. There is a reason it is on the best seller list.