When Bushcraft Meets Hiking!


Hello my friends, in this video I try to show some important things to consider when bushcrafters think about going hiking. Enjoy and Cheers, Marc



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  • I ain't gonna argue with this logic.

  • Modern hikers now are carrying less than 20 pounds. I am a prepper that started watching bushcraft videos and then through hikers as well. I incorporated all three into my bag. I got my 60 pound prepper bag down to a 35 pound wet weight and it actually does more now than before with more comforts. This is the only video I have seen that address this subject.

  • Good topic which many people need to address. For some reason people get mentally too stuck in one camp or the other.

  • Great concept, this is what I’ve come up with as my hybrid kit
    https://youtu.be/00L_sKQaz1Y

  • I’ve been looking for a video like this for a long time now, I’ve had similar thoughts about weight and hiking. Glad to see I’m not the only one

  • Its easy to do a traditional load of about 25lbs, with comfort items. Anything over 30lbs should be on a travois, pulk, toboggan or sled. The mistake that many "Bushcrafters" make is packing traditional gear like modern gear.

  • Keep up the good work be blessed

  • You are absolutely right! I'm new to the craft and went hiking at Devil's Tomb Trail in the Catskills Mountains and I almost Died!!! Ha!. I'm 51 yrs old 165 lbs and was carrying 45 lbs (almost a third of my weight) of gear. I spent two nights and enjoyed using the bushcrafting skills I've learned but could not, for the life of me, hike as I thought I would. Every step on the rocks and, mud and bolders was a painfully cautious one. For anyone who has been to Devil's Tomb, I don't have to tell you how grueling it is. https://www.newyorkupstate.com/catskills/2015/04/devils_path_7_catskill_peaks_23_miles_in_the_toughest_hiking_trail_in_the_east.html
    Needless to say, I only "hiked" (actually shuffled) a total of 13 miles round trip in 3 days. I was just happy to have not slipped and broken something ( I know, I know, I'm a wus; But an honest one!)The 1st thing I did when I got home was tear down the pack and lighten it. I'm down to 24 lbs (including 3 days of food) and am working on shedding more lbs. Funny thing is that, while in a delirious state of mind during this torturous episode, I had a vision which told me I would become a hybrid Bushcrafter/hiker!

  • That is a great kit, I also hybrid between hiking kit and bushcraft kit. There is certainly a fine line between the two but I’ve been favouring the lightweight hiking kit. Thanks for the video cheers!
    NS Canada

  • This concept of combining bushcraft with ultralight gear is really interesting. Was just out on an overnighter and overpacked. I have since really thinned out my gear and I’m looking for a light pack that works for bushcraft. Great video and concept.

  • Great video. I only take the bushcrafting gear when we are car camping, like you said it’s too heavy for backpacking. You earned a new subscriber with this vid. Keep it up

  • Thanks for sharing Marc!Definitely 2 very different mindsets! Very true about distance vs weight! If I’m trying to make miles I’m not going to take my full size axe and only rarely a hatchet but those times I knew it was going to rain and I might need to get into dry wood for a fire. Still offset the weight by carrying a mora instead of my heavy fixed blade. No tarp or wool blanket either just my Bivvy and sleeping bag. I too scale down my fire kit from a large SAW ( American belt fed machine gun) ammo Pouch to a small belt pouch with just essentials like storm proof matches, extra ferro rod, emergency cotton balls and Vaseline and some fat wood. Definitely no extra cook pots either! Usually just a canteen cook cup. Makes me wanna do some VR type vids showing the differences in my kit. But great video again!

  • Guten tag, Marc! Das ist Alex in Virginia. Due to age and slowly declining physical attributes I developed a deep interest in bushcraft camping almost 2 years ago. However, I miss the long treks. I spent 12 years in Europe and three years in the Middle East (active duty military) and hiked every country that I could possibly do…loved the Bavarian forests, Schwarzwald or as we know it here in America, The Black Forest. I wish I knew about bushcraft then. I think I would have enjoyed each country more. The old adage, stop and smell the roses. My buddies and I would hike 12 to 15 miles, camp, then start the next hike. We enjoyed the scenery but never took time to talk to people at length or really delve into history on castles for instance. Bushcraft gives one that opportunity to do just that and I love it. Speaking of load out weight. My first pack load out was just under 50 pounds…nicht gut! My load out for this next trip to the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is 25.43 pounds including food and water (Sawyer Mini kit to process more wasser as necessary). Sadly I decided to not take my favorite camp chair as it takes the weight up a couple of pounds. At 71 I need to leave luxury items at home unless camp is close to where I park my car. I'm glad to have found your channel, mein freund, and I subbed. Gruss Got.

  • Good video…for us Glamping. Bushcraft loving…newbe hikers…why do I feel ALL of my sins have been revealed..lol

  • A military woobie with a zipper for my head to pass through so it can be mated via safety pins to a SOL mylar heat sheet with a head slit. I reinforce the slit with packaging tape. I also bring a fleece hood. The combo makes for an extra warmth garment, especially when joined to a poncho, or can be used inside a hammock as a first warmth layer at 18 oz. I bring 2 pairs of extra socks. My Frog togs rain gear doubles as extra clothes if I get wet, or cold. I always carry a wool or fleece hat. If really cold two fleece hats, neck gater. The military poncho is my shelter, and over wear rain gear to cover me and my pack. There are newer extra long ponchos that are lighter. My hammock is a Rothco single or a DIY 50X 105 inch lightweight material with a prusic knot on each end. I use doubled and knotted paracord instead of hang straps, 150 lb rated carabiners to mate both together. The hammock always goes with me as it doubles as a chair. I use a reflectix foil sun screen trimmed to 4 ft with a piece of para cord gorilla taped to it so it can be secured to the hammock or give me a clean and warm surface to sit or lay on at 4 oz. long story short, I have a core kit like you. Other items are added per activity. My sleep system goes on long hikes or Bush wacking into unfamiliar places. I liked the vid.

  • You think a lot like me. For a short hike in a familiar area I do not bring a sleep system. My sleep system is lighter than a tent though. Only in the very cold temps will I bring a 4.5 lb sleep bag. My 3.5 season sleep system contains: 1.9 lb down sleep bag from Walmart, 4 oz SOL mylar bivy,. a Military woobie with a heat

  • Buscrafting is CAMPING. Most bushcrafters are lucky if they can walk 50 feet from their car to the fire pit. It is really sad but me kings are lemmings.

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