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While we often focus on the tools to bring to the wild, how often do you consider what tools the wild have at your disposal?
There are a number of things that can be used as tools. The most basic and the most apparent are those rocks scattered out there.
For eons, we have been using the rocks to get all sorts of tasks completed. They were used as axes, hammers and used to pulverize. Our very first tools came to the wild and could be the reason we are where we are today. It’s an astounding thing to consider. Before metal, we had very few choices.
Here are some other interesting tools in the bushcraft mindset that are out there waiting for you to find them.
Many different plants, like bamboo, can be used as straws in the wild. Of course, you could use straws to drink liquid from hard to reach places or even from just the right water column, you could also use them to blow air during fire making.
Tree bark and vines are some of the best examples of cordage. A little manipulation makes a big difference and can create cordage for all sorts of uses. Some bark you can even use to weave. This can create baskets for carrying things or for catching crayfish.
Cordage is crucial in a survival situation.
While rocks are great for bludgeoning things. The right rocks, namely flint, can be used to create spark that might get you fire. If you are utilizing charcloth you will have a much better chance of starting that fire but a spark you will have from a mere rock and some form of high carbon steel.
While tension is more of a force than a tool, it can be used to do all sorts of things other tools would. The best example is how tension can catch you food by creation traps using the tension of young saplings.
Never underestimate the tools of the wild.