High Desert Bushcraft

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  1. BurtonDN85

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    Hi, I'm From New Mexico and I'm just getting into the bushcraft community. I've been camping, hiking, etc. only a handful of times but I love it so much I want to make it a full-time hobby. I'd say, experience wise, I am little more than a fledgling in the art of bushcraft. I have spent the last month or so educating myself with videos and the like, but now I'm looking for more specific information, like how to identify North American plants, trees, and fungi, how to identify a game trail, how to trap, skin and clean small and medium game... among other things.
    Lastly, I'm looking for a good list of inexpensive (but not "cheap") basic equipment, like a good knife, axe, saw, ferro rod, and anything else that one might suggest. I do intend to do most of my camping in a hammock and I know what system I want to use for that (I'm looking at a Warbonnet set up.) so shelter at least is taken care of for the most part.
    Thanks for reading my rambly little post, I look forward to any feedback I can get. Ciao.
     
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    Welcome from Prescott AZ, Pick up your gear as you need it, I love Mora and Condor knives, both inexpensive both will get you through the night. Start simple, buy good medium priced gear. The difference between Mid Priced and top end is usually a bunch of bells and whistles that only a few people use. Buy secondhand when possible for your cook pot go to a second hand store and find a stainless steel one for kitchen use, take the handle off and use a small pair of vice grips. Make, Modify or buy used.

    Eric
     
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    Welcome from the Keystone state. Bushclass is a great place for answers and practice.
     
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    Hunter63 saying Hey and Welcome......From Wisconsin.
     
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    Longbeard Continental Drifter Supporter Bushclass III

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    Welcome from the low desert of Arizona. You can find the answers to all of your questions here by searching the threads. The one thing that I wouldn't skimp on is a warm sleeping system.
     
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    Welcome from Arizona,

    A word of wisdom, there's a lot of good history and natural resources here in the southwest. A lot of bushcraft can be done with tools harvested from the desert the same way people have managed to live here comfortably for thousands of years. I recommend checking out primitive skills and hitting the museums. New Mexico has some the best archaeology in the United States.
     
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    Welcome to Bushcraft USA.

    +1 on both of these threads if you are wanting to sort yourself out with inexpensive gear and learn some of the basics thru quite advanced bushcraft techniques. You could also wander through the self made gear forum as there is a multitude of ideas available in there on how to make or re-utilize stuff for any number of solutions to the need for gear at little or no cost. Have fun and enjoy the forums.
     
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    Welcome. I have only a few general comments about equipment - it is all a matter of personal choice for what works for an individual. Personally, I believe that Mora knives are inexpensive and of proven good quality for bushcraft, and unless you are in the high country of NM, I would argue that rather than an axe, you'd be much better off with a good folding saw such as a Bacho Laplander. Again, these are inexpensive, and of proven good quality for bushcraft.

    Here is my kit, which is well-suited for the sage and piƱon flats/pine mountains of Southern Colorado:

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    Lastly, here is a great YouTube Channel that should be exactly what you're looking for: Primitive Lifeways
     
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    Welcome aboard!

    Define what "inexpensive but not "cheap" means to you?

    Knife or axe or saw > $50 but < $100 ?

    A good old Kbar knife is $56 but a ESEE 6 is $120 or more.

    Rather than ask for a list I would read up in a lot of the threads here and try to define what you will use the tools for and then choose your particular solution based on the requirements and your budget limits.

    Jim
     
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    I would approach it from a task-based perspective. First figure out exactly what you intend to do with the equipment. A great place to start is the BushClass section of this website. You can look at each of the tasks in the BushClass Basic section. Watch the how-to video lesson and then determine what equipment is needed. You can add to your collection as you go.
     
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    HI, I live in ABQ.
     
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    Greetings from CT and welcome to BCUSA! All you have to do is to go through the threads of the forum and you will get the information you need to put together a great kit.
    Cheers!
     

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