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Essential Bushcraft by Ray Mears

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What you learn from these books might not be profound enough to save your life, but they sure are a lot of fun, and when it comes to bushcraft, for most of us, that’s what it’s all about.

Knowing what’s safe to eat and what’s not, how to build an effective shelter and how to stay to warm when you’re out in the wild, we’ve picked a few of our favourite best bushcraft books, to help you make the most of the world around you.

Never did practice as a scout? Learn how to live off the land, and turn what looks like nothing, into something practical, and often fun. As always at Camping Things, we’re about combining great quality and value, and we only choose books we love. Great for yourself, and perfect as gifts.

Essential Bushcraft by Ray Mears

‘Practical bushcraft tips, condensed.’

Woodland tracker of 2010 gunman Raoul Moat, and arch nemesis of fellow TV wildman Bear Grylls, Ray Mears is known as on the UK’s most outspoken bushcraft fanatics. Essential Bushcraft is a condensed edition of Bushcraft, in which Mears presents survival tips and tricks for some of the most tricky environments, as well as practical hints for how to live off the land, when your beef jerky runs out and your tent blows away.

This pocket-sized guide will teach you how to start a fire responsibly, how to cook in the wild, and which wild-foraged foods are safe to eat. Designed to be packed away in your rucksack, or tucked into your pocket, Essential Bushcraft is less detailed than its parent edition, but filled with just as much practical and fun stuff. Great for campers, hikers and families.

Our guide to the Best Bushcraft Books

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