No Trace Bushcraft - About Me

Who am I, what do I do and what do I want to achieve with No Trace.

No Trace: Disapearing without leaving a single trace. Clean up your mess. Be aware of what you take and/or leave behind. Just a few definitions for the name I chose.
The most appropriate thing I think is: sustainability. Life like our hunter-gatherer ancestors did. Eat what’s in season. Not almost exhausting one place, but keep moving around and thereby reduce the impact on the environment. Move with nature instead of trying to put it to your hand.
All my life I look around in amazement and see how much is wasted and destroyed. And how we all seem to need more and more to experience the feeling of happiness. Fully No Trace life does not exist and I do not think it is possible. But to strife towards it seems evident.
One of the most important things I learned in my life is that as a human being we can go without oxygen for an average of 3 minutes, 3 days without water and up to 3 weeks without food. Let those first two in particular be the things we seem to want to pollute the most. Most of this pollution also seems to stem from the urge for progress. Pollution also does not stop by making it “invisible”. By burying it o.i.d. That may seem like No Trace, but it’s not.

The future

In the coming years, in addition to some workshops/courses I will be teaching as No Trace, I will mainly continue developing myself and my skill set. Not only by continuing to follow educations and courses myself. But also by working even more for companies like Living by Nature and In addition, I am busy writing my own lessons. One of these lessons I will give at namely Felting and Vollen.

the goal

To learn people to deal with their environment in a more responsible way. To experience this environment more. Move with it instead of against it. Accept change.
Also be sure not to be afraid of everything that can be found “outside” but to experience this. Being afraid often comes from incomprehension or ignorance. Don’t confuse this with being careful. But also (to) be careful can become a pitfall. After all, you have to break eggs to make an omelette ;-)


Furthermore, this No Trace site is mainly a collection of methods I have 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 No Trace 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

Also, No Trace has been 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.
Tradition, adaptation, adaption, anthropology, who does what in what environment and why are questions that I always ask myself or that keep me busy.


Since we were able to move into our workshop, it has become completely easy to tan skins, buckskin and salmon skins for the products that we sometimes offer in our store.
The felting of all kinds of wool products has also become a lot less weather dependent in this way. Where we were first condemned to our mini backyard, there is now plenty of space and opportunity to make everything we dreamed of.
The processing of bone and wood in every possible way has suddenly become a lot more pleasant.
And all this less than a stone’s throw from our house.

The No Trace Store

Wendy and Marco Weerribben - No TraceNo Trace, partly due to all the restrictions imposed on us on behalf of Covid-19, has had a nice store since March 2020 with mainly our own made stuff. The driving force behind a large part of the end products that you can find in this store is my wife Wendy. She is responsible for most of the pouches, covers, key rings and wool products for sale here.
Although the manufacture of these products is a hobby for us and most are given away, here too we do not like waste. What is being sold therefore goes away at what we believe to be a very reasonable price. It helps us learn to make new products and master new techniques and gives others a nice gift.

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. ;-)
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.
You can expect everything from primitive to modern but above all adaptive.
Greetings and maybe Goodbye,


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.