The latest issue of American Survival Guide is out. This one focuses on bushcraft and the "bushcraft lifestyle." I'm not much interested in that . I may need to go out into the forest but I come back before nightfall. Bushcraft people are concerned with living full time in the woods, desert, mountains, or whatever environment. They focus on the rock bottom minimum of equipment, or making your own. They are not quite "primitive livers" but are a sort of in between lifestyle.
The bushcraft lifestyle really started in Australia in the 1960's, and most of the current day guru's of that philosophy are Australians. In general, they don't believe in pre-established retreats, or in stockpiling. Rather, they try to hone a set of primitive living skills that will let them live a nomadic existence way out there in the wilderness. They tend not to acquire more than they can carry, and they look for sustainability through the ability to hunt for food, harvest natural plant resources, and build or maintain their own equipment.
Obviously you have to be a fairly tough individual to live that way, and you have to be physically fit. The bushcraft crowd does not lean towards families, or even towards having women along as far as I can tell. Most of them are hyper masculine type A personalities with a "go it alone" philosophy. I don't really recall ever reading about one who planned to do anything but live in the bush on his lonesome. Of course, it's possible that's the only bush crafter type who writes, so who knows. It's not for me, but whatever suits the individual. I'll leave them alone if they'll leave me alone.
Someone sent me this catalog of oil and electric lamps and lanterns. I don't know who, because with typical concern for the mail, the post office ripped the corner of the envelope that had the return address on it, and part of it was missing. So whoever it was that sent this my way, thanks. I appreciate it. These people have some beautiful things, and the goods are functional as well. I buy from Lehman's once in awhile, and this catalog reminded me of the Lehman's catalog. I do keep kerosene lamps in my storeroom, but I have largely replaced them as a first line back up to electricity with LED lanterns. Less of a fire danger. However, if some event occurred that disrupted life long enough, I suppose even my prodigious supply of batteries would eventually fail, and I would have to go back to candles and kerosene lamps.
I got my new Emergency Essentials catalog, and I had a small shopping list for them, but it will have to wait. Instead, I've put my available "preparedness money" from this months budget into ammo. I hope the Dark Lord will not get away with banning a common type of 5.56 ammo by executive order, as he is trying to do, but just in case I bought more.
Anyway, like Kipling said, you can never have too much ammo. I always remember how much travail the protagonist of "The Road" went through, simply because he was down to two rounds.....