Howdy from the west slope of the WA Cascades (where NW Primate seems to be able to crank off a primitive blaze no matter HOW dank it gets); new here, and new to bushcraft after nearly 15 years as an REI employee. That’s a lot of years with easy and regular access to the latest and greatest of “cutting edge,” technical outdoor gear, and I’ve used a good passle of it (and have too much of it stashed away hither and yon). As time has gone by, I find myself more and more drawn to more traditional methods of interacting with Life in the Out There, more and more aware of how subtly the newest tech often serves, ironically to sever us from that Life rather than enrich our experience of it, even as we wander through it... (That being said, with every year that makes a pack feel heavier and heavier, I looooove me some lightweight gear!) Over the years - since wandering the woods of SE Missouri as a kid - if it’s back country and muscle-powered, I’ve tried it a mite, or fallen head over heels for it: hiking and backpacking, hunting (trad), flyfishing, climbing, canoeing, kayaking (whtwtr and ocean), mtn biking (I’m still with REI as a bike mechanic/ ski tech) and road cycling..... you get the picture. What draws me to bushcraft is a perceived tendency of the tools and skills involved to take us deeper, almost by their very nature, into what’s real Out There... the closest thing I have to a church... What draws me here to bcusa is wanting to learn from, and share in, the experience of what seems to be an endless spectrum of bushcraft enthusiasts: happy to be here!