Survival, Self Sufficiency and Sustainable Living
Survival, Self Sufficiency and Sustainable Living

Survival, Self Sufficiency and Sustainable Living

This site is for people who would like to learn about the self sufficiency, sustainable living, wilderness survival, and self sufficient living skills that people knew in ancient times before we became dependent on modern fossil-fuel-based technology. That includes myself, i.e. I am learning this as I go, and writing it up on the site as I get around to it.

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HOT:Survival, Self Sufficiency and Sustainable LivingIn this new video Tom Mcelroy goes into the wilderness of North Eastern North America with only a knife and live off the land for a week. He documents many of the crucial steps and tips and tricks that he does to survive in the forest. Skills shown are shelter, primitive fire, bark containers, water purification, fishing, weaving natural rope, bark shelters, trapping, edible plants, primitive cooking, fish traps....and tons more. Recent Page List

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Welcome to

One thing I have always loved is to spend time outdoors, in unspoiled, natural settings. This came quite naturally to me as a child. My childhood home backed onto bushland and a large amount of my time was spent exploring this green world. Almost every rock and every tree had a name or some kind of significance.

Wilderness Survival, Self Sufficiency and Sustainable Living

Even when removed from fast paced environments, very few of us are able to slow down enough to appreciate the full splendour of nature.... Yet that connection can be reestablished—in large part simply by awakening and nourishing our innate awareness. With a few simple skills and some dedicated practice, any person can open his or her senses to the full richness of nature, regardless of what he or she seeks there.
Tom Brown Jr, Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking.

Why would I want to learn self sufficiency and wilderness survival skills?

The idea I have adopted for myself, as a path to learning self sufficiency, sustainable living, and wilderness survival skills, is to isolate a small enough number of core topics that I can feel somewhat proficient in them, after having practiced them myself. The skills I have chosen are in four categories: Plant food, animal food, fire, and cordage. I have left out water, since in the area where I live it's easy to find water. I have left out shelter, since I think it would be possible to make some kind of shelter without a lot of knowledge. I think I could figure out the essentials of shelter if I really needed to, and more than that can be learned later.

The site will start off very small, and simple, and I will add content to it as I go. Photographs of how to perform the techniques will be included as I get around to it.

Why This Site?

There is a wide variety of (mostly non-Australian) sustainable living, self-sufficiency, and wilderness survival material existing on the web already. I am not intending to reproduce what is already available, but rather to provide a record of my own development that could be used as an introduction to the techniques.

I feel that much of what is already available is written for people who are already experienced in wilderness survival, tracking, nature observation, awareness, and/or self-sufficiency. Or, is written for beginners, but does not include enough details for a person with little or no experience to be able to follow easily. Or, it is written by North Americans and featuring North American plants and animals, which are mostly fairly different from what we have here in Australia.

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