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Who am I, what drives me and what are my goals.

The future

For the next 2 years, in addition to some workshops/ courses that I will give as No Trace, I will be at the Winter Training 2020 of Living by Nature. The ultimate follow-up to the year-course.

This course will completely focus on living in arctic conditions. The cold, snow and ice. It changes everything you know about being in nature comfortably. Activities need much more planning. You cannot “just” walk outside without gloves when temperatures are -35 C or less.  Fuel for a fire becomes even more important. When the sun is gone, an important source of heat disappears immediately. This also changes the way and time to travel. You’ll have to transport all your belongings on a toboggan instead of a backpack.

A snow shower brings with it many more dangers than a heavy rain. Add some wind and you will have a nice challenge to tackle. I have already experienced several times that these weather changes can suddenly happen very quickly and the adaptability that this entails. Then it was a sudden change during the summer in mountainous areas. From 18C with brilliant weather to a snow shower where you couldn’t see a meter. The right clothes or a small shelter were enough to sit everything out and wait for the weather to calm down. If you start at a temperature of -18C, that offers very different perspectives.

the goal

This course have me make all my necessities to travel through freezing environments. I will make my own snowshoes, snow-goggles, clothing and learn how to build a quinzhee. But also all clothes are made by myself. From the mukluks to the fur hat, we will tanne and confection everything ourselves. The final expedition for this training is scheduled in Canada around February 2021.

The theory will be discussed during the entire Winter course in every weekend, for example, on routines and disciplines in cold conditions, the use of insulation by means of snow and your body heat in the shelter. Wearing your clothing and materials in arctic conditions, dealing with overheating and hypothermia. Of course we are going to learn how to make fire in cold and wet conditions.

No Trace, meanwhile, has gone from a blog to a one-man business that will hopefully, in the near future, bear fruit.

Content

Furthermore, this site is mainly a collection of methods I tried and succeeded. That is not to say that this is the only or even best method. It’s the one I’ve tried and which has succeeded. Do you think you still have a nicer or better version. Let me know above all, I like to learn.

This learning is also discussed in the book reviews that I will post on this site. Over the years I have devoured a lot of them and through this way I will share those who have stayed with me the most or who have inspired or taught me the most.

Topics to be addressed include fire making, navigating, finding food and cooking. But also the provision of a (base) camp or the manufacture of utensils.

Sharing knowledge

I was also asked to write for Living by Nature Social Media posts this is for me, besides the book recommendations on the site exactly the nudge I needed to start blogging again and share my knowledge. Preserving knowledge by sharing it has been the way for centuries. This started at the campfire where the traditions took place in the evening, via the old script to the social media of today. One of the big problems now, I think, is that it used to be clearer/seemed through the knowledge carriers and what value you could attribute to this. Nowadays everyone seems to be an expert and everyone seems to have the real knowledge. I believe that no one was born with the knowledge we have now. Everyone learns   every day and/or comes to new insights.

Bushcraft, Living by Nature, Earthroamer – Outdoor Living Skills what does it mean (to me)?

To me bushcraft embodied “living with nature not against it” treating it with respect. In addition, at the height of all the survival and bushcraft programs, I once heard someone make the following difference: Survival is the knowledge to stay alive until you get saved. Bushcraft has so much knowledge that you no longer need to be saved. ­čśë

My grandfather taught me at a very young age: “Nature gives us everything we need. Do not confuse that with everything we would like. ”

Living by Nature was the next natural step. The principle of “using everything” from what you take. Much more conscious about the materials you use. Being much more aware of the seasons and your surroundings and everything that this brings. When what the collect but certainly also; when what to leave. Thijmen Apswoude, founder and head instructor of Living by Nature and mentor during this trip, says it all in the next movie:

 

And now…

At the beginning of 2020 I read the book of EARTHROAMER (let curiosity guide you) by Donny Dust and I sense again the feeling of being labeled. The book tries to break free from all and therefore attaches itself a new label. One of the reasons I always refer to the knowledge I share with No Trace with “Outdoor Living Skills”. I prefer to use a mix of methodologies, skills, knowledge and crafts. Every environment requires a different approach. I don’t always have the same stuff with me. Especially the anthropological part always appeals to me very much. Who does what in what environment, to put it briefly.

You can expect everything from primitive to modern but above all adaptive.

Greetings and maybe Goodbye,

Marco

Disclaimer:

Most of the videos, photos and other illustrations I have often found on the internet, from books or received from a course or workshop I have followed. I try to appoint the original author as much as possible. If you find something here that is your original work and that hasn’t happened, or that you don’t want to use, please let me know. Then I delete it directly.

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