Glen’s Bushcraft Learning Journey around the world

More details on some of Glen’s more interesting learning points of his journey of learning Bushcraft around the world (Extension of Glen’s Bushcraft profile).


Took a survival course to advance his knowledge and skills: learnt from a local jungle survival instructor who have practiced junglecraft since he was a child, and also learnt from an Orang Asli village chief (indigenous person who lives and breathes junglecraft the traditional way). Glen upgraded his skills in; friction fire, fire by stones, animal traps, junglecraft cooking, junglecraft toilet/washing skills, water acquisition and purification, various shelters, various methods of handling leeches and small wounds and injuries.


Learned from local herdsman and villagers. Solo bushcraft, trekking and wildcamping: Animals awareness and dangers and what to do. Weather watching and preparations and how to handle weather. Camping safety. Stone knapping. Universal navigation techniques.


Learned from locals. Solo bushcraft, trekking and wildcamping: Animals awareness and dangers and what to do. Water acquisition and purification. Universal navigation techniques. Camping safety.


Learned from locals (From 3 different tribal wilderness instructors): Fishing and food, bushcraft medical care (dealing with injuries and health matters), animals awareness and dangers and what to do, camp safety, water acquisition and purification, primitive navigation techniques and methods, bushcraft shelters.


Learned from locals. Solo kayak wildcamping on isolated deserted islands: Navigation. Campcraft. Bushcraft shelters.


Learned from locals. Solo hiking, bushcraft and wildcamping: Dealing with very wet, humid and misty + freezing weathers.


Learned from local tribe villagers. Solo bushcraft and wildcamping: Camping in -10 to -27 degrees temperatures.


Solo trekking and wildcamping and bushcraft: Drinking water sourcing. Navigation. Campcraft.


Solo trekking, bushcraft and wildcamping: Bear safety. Primitive navigation. Campcraft.


Learned from locals: Minimalistic line fishing (no rod). Edible fishes, gutting fishes.


Learned from local villager: Bushcraft fishing.

Total number of countries with substantial learning: Cambodia, Canada, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Greenland, Sweden.

Main types of teachers: Indigenous, tribal villagers who live traditional way of life, bushcraft instructors, own learning through trial and error (solo self-supported bushcraft overnights).

Core bushcraft skills learnt;
Food: Identifying, sourcing and processing local wild edibles of Southeast Asia. Edibility tests and finding/testing wild edibles in general (globally). Identifying, sourcing and processing local wild edibles in the region of Southern Africa. Making and setting up traps for animal passive hunting. Active hunting with spear and bow & arrow. Crafting of hunting tools such as bow and arrow. Survival fishing. Bushcraft style cooking (without tools). Fish gutting. Storage and preservations of food.

Bushcraft cooking safety and hygiene (Preparations) - Universal.

Water: Practical ways of getting drinking water in the wild in general (globally). Practical ways of getting drinking water in the tropics. Staying safe from tainted water (globally). Purifying water without tools, boiling water without containers.

Shelter/Campcraft: Practical ways to set up survival shelter with limited things you have with you. Practical ways to set up survival shelter with nothing. Setting up long term to permanent bushcraft shelters (learning how to use the right construction techniques and materials, etc). Practical methods to keep your camp safe from dangerous wild life and other wild dangers. Roof thatching with natural materials. Making a raised bed. Making cordage. Making tools for shelter construction (Bush knife, etc). Working with natural clay, earth, etc. Various survival shelters for different environments around the world. Long term bushcraft shelters in tropical and subtropical regions. Stone knapping. Animals tracking awareness and safety. Protection from freezing temperatures (dry/wet).

Firecraft: Setting up the appropriate campfire for various uses (cooking, camp safety, hygiene - keep yourself clean, cleaning equipment and tools, crafting purposes). Setting up campfire under certain rainy conditions. Starting a fire by wood friction in the tropics (Wood selection, proper crafting, handling techniques, etc). Starting a fire by wood friction in general. Starting a fire with sparks (From firesteel and with stones). Starting a fire with other improvised methods with minimal tools, etc.

Safety/Hygiene. Methods to clean up after urinating and defecating and protect the environment (global). Keep your whole body clean in wild (global). How to bathe, brush teeth - bushcraft style, etc. Simple treatment and management of common issues you may face in the tropical environment. How to handle/manage small injuries in the wild in general (global). Avoidance and dealing of dangerous wildlife in southeast asian tropical environments, in europe, north america, southern africa and central asia in general.

Navigation. Practical ways of navigating with map and compass in general (global). Practical ways to effectively navigate in the jungle environment without anything. Primitive ways to navigate in any environment in general.

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