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Trek deeper into the wilderness with New York Times bestselling author Dave Canterbury! In this valuable guide, survivalist Dave Canterbury goes beyond bushcraft basics to teach you how to survive in the backcountry with little or no equipment. Using the foundation you learned in Bushcraft 101, Canterbury shows you how to completely immerse yourself in the wilderness Trek deeper into the wilderness with New York Times bestselling author Dave Canterbury! In this valuable guide, survivalist Dave Canterbury goes beyond bushcraft basics to teach you how to survive in the backcountry with little or no equipment. Using the foundation you learned in Bushcraft 101, Canterbury shows you how to completely immerse yourself in the wilderness with advanced bushcraft and woodcraft techniques. He covers crucial survival skills like tracking to help you get even closer to wildlife, crafting medicines from plants, and navigating without the use of a map or compass. He also offers ways to improvise and save money on bushcraft essentials like fire-starting tools and packs. With Canterbury's expert advice and guidance, you will learn how to forgo your equipment, make use of your surroundings, and truly enjoy the wilderness. Whether you're eager to learn more after your first real outdoor adventure or have been exploring the backcountry for years, Advanced Bushcraft will help you take your self-reliance and wilderness experience to the next level.


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Trek deeper into the wilderness with New York Times bestselling author Dave Canterbury! In this valuable guide, survivalist Dave Canterbury goes beyond bushcraft basics to teach you how to survive in the backcountry with little or no equipment. Using the foundation you learned in Bushcraft 101, Canterbury shows you how to completely immerse yourself in the wilderness Trek deeper into the wilderness with New York Times bestselling author Dave Canterbury! In this valuable guide, survivalist Dave Canterbury goes beyond bushcraft basics to teach you how to survive in the backcountry with little or no equipment. Using the foundation you learned in Bushcraft 101, Canterbury shows you how to completely immerse yourself in the wilderness with advanced bushcraft and woodcraft techniques. He covers crucial survival skills like tracking to help you get even closer to wildlife, crafting medicines from plants, and navigating without the use of a map or compass. He also offers ways to improvise and save money on bushcraft essentials like fire-starting tools and packs. With Canterbury's expert advice and guidance, you will learn how to forgo your equipment, make use of your surroundings, and truly enjoy the wilderness. Whether you're eager to learn more after your first real outdoor adventure or have been exploring the backcountry for years, Advanced Bushcraft will help you take your self-reliance and wilderness experience to the next level.

30 review for Advanced Bushcraft: An Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Spear

    If I could give it 2.5 stars, I would. It is decent for what it is but my main critique is for what it is *not.* It would be inaccurate to call this an "expert" field guide - more of a primer. There was an odd pattern not to illustrate some concepts (e.g. cloud formations, sewing section...) but then to have a whole spread on axe head types (with no description of their various functions/pros vs. cons), as well as metal codes and mineral hardness. So - this is a better primer than a guide. It's If I could give it 2.5 stars, I would. It is decent for what it is but my main critique is for what it is *not.* It would be inaccurate to call this an "expert" field guide - more of a primer. There was an odd pattern not to illustrate some concepts (e.g. cloud formations, sewing section...) but then to have a whole spread on axe head types (with no description of their various functions/pros vs. cons), as well as metal codes and mineral hardness. So - this is a better primer than a guide. It's good for generating ideas but not as a "how to." Think of it like the Wikipedia of survival guides. I'd recommend looking up the table of contents and pursing other resources for each section.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eric B. Kennedy

    I cannot figure out who this book is for, other than perhaps those with money to burn on gimmicky books. In 'Advanced Bushcraft,' a book I received as part of an ill-fated secret santa, Dave Canterbury sets out to "take [your] wilderness skills to the next level and prepare you for a lengthy stay in the wilderness." Written as part survival handbook, part homesteading guide, the book is full of seemingly practical advice about how one can survive and thrive in the remote wilderness. So, what's the I cannot figure out who this book is for, other than perhaps those with money to burn on gimmicky books. In 'Advanced Bushcraft,' a book I received as part of an ill-fated secret santa, Dave Canterbury sets out to "take [your] wilderness skills to the next level and prepare you for a lengthy stay in the wilderness." Written as part survival handbook, part homesteading guide, the book is full of seemingly practical advice about how one can survive and thrive in the remote wilderness. So, what's the problem? Well, the book is certainly full of intriguing anecdotes (did you know that the bracken fern is apparently the most suited plant in the eastern woodlands to producing soap?), it's comedically useless when it comes to any actual knowledge. How should you use said fern to make soap? What recipe do you need to follow? What does it look like? I don't know, because Canterbury was ripping off towards anecdotes about latrine construction before actually explaining anything of value about soap production. In a whiplash-inducing, massively superficial volume, we learn about how to build several types of looms (well, we don't get more than one picture, because apparently that would be too useful in imagining how these parts go together) but don't really find out how to get any raw supplies to use on said loom. There are instructions on how to set up a blacksmithing shop for reasons that seem to escape comprehension (unless, I suppose, you're trekking off into the wilderness for an extended stay.... but also to open a boutique metalworks business), but maybe the rationale will become obvious when you find the gourds on abandoned homesteads that Canterbury recommends using as cups. To be fair, the squirrel stew recipe certainly seems like an inventive way to use local ingredients, so long as your stocks of pre-packed bacon and cheddar cheese haven't since run dry. We don't get any meaningful guidance on how to ensure your meat preservation is food safe, but, fortunately, we do get some instructions of the specific clothing item (not just brand, but like specific jacket model within that brand) that Canterbury prefers. If it didn't seem to be written so earnestly, I'd assume this was a trolling parody of the genre.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Again, same as with Bushcraft 101, more illustrations would have been nice. A picture is worth a thousand words and all that... I have just recently found out that there is a "Bushcraft Illustrated" by the same author. Perhaps that is their effort to remedy the lack of illustrations in the first two books? Again, same as with Bushcraft 101, more illustrations would have been nice. A picture is worth a thousand words and all that... I have just recently found out that there is a "Bushcraft Illustrated" by the same author. Perhaps that is their effort to remedy the lack of illustrations in the first two books?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    Expert Field Guide This guide is what you need for wilderness self reliance. Dave's first book, Bushcraft 101 was for a 72 hour or a couple of weeks type scenario, this new book is one that if you were planning to stay out there for an extended time, you would take and practice the information in this book. This is a great read for anyone who wants to stay or visit the outdoors. Great book Dave. Expert Field Guide This guide is what you need for wilderness self reliance. Dave's first book, Bushcraft 101 was for a 72 hour or a couple of weeks type scenario, this new book is one that if you were planning to stay out there for an extended time, you would take and practice the information in this book. This is a great read for anyone who wants to stay or visit the outdoors. Great book Dave.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Meh. Basic info. Average writing. Virtually no illustrations, especially where it might be helpful. Lots of room for improvement.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Indy Quillen

    I purchased this book because, by the size and construction, it appears to be more of a field guide rather than an instruction manual. I have plenty of tomes too big to carry into the bush with me. I thought this might be a handy field guide to have with me while out in the wilderness. I wouldn't recommend this book for beginners as it would prove to be frustrating for the lack of detail and illustrations for what I would say is common knowledge for experienced woodmen/women—which is probably wh I purchased this book because, by the size and construction, it appears to be more of a field guide rather than an instruction manual. I have plenty of tomes too big to carry into the bush with me. I thought this might be a handy field guide to have with me while out in the wilderness. I wouldn't recommend this book for beginners as it would prove to be frustrating for the lack of detail and illustrations for what I would say is common knowledge for experienced woodmen/women—which is probably why it's titled Advanced Bushcraft. While I found it an interesting read and learned some things, it certainly isn't the field guide I thought it might be. It was a bit strange to me what topics the author choose to illustrate or include elaborate charts, while other topics that could've benefitted from a simple drawing were blank—which is why I'm giving it four stars instead of five. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt in that perhaps he was given limited page count from the publisher and couldn't include all that he wanted. And there is the possibility that the publisher randomly cut illustrations without the author's input. That does happen, to control cost of print book production. For me it was still worth the cost for the information I did glean from the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Much like the first book in this series, Advanced Bushcraft doesn't actually teach much bushcraft. Like the first book, it is much more a book that glosses over skills that are or may be useful, without actually teaching those skills. If you wanted to become a bushcraft expert, you could use these books as guides, but to actually learn the skills you will need to look elsewhere. The way page space is divided between topics is also a bit of a head scratcher. The amount of ink dedicated to talking Much like the first book in this series, Advanced Bushcraft doesn't actually teach much bushcraft. Like the first book, it is much more a book that glosses over skills that are or may be useful, without actually teaching those skills. If you wanted to become a bushcraft expert, you could use these books as guides, but to actually learn the skills you will need to look elsewhere. The way page space is divided between topics is also a bit of a head scratcher. The amount of ink dedicated to talking about weaving and looms is a bit mind boggling given the lack of ink dedicated to detailed instructions on, say, knot tying. My old Boy Scout handbooks were far better bushcraft instructional tools than these two books.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Ok, this book is seriously one of the best I have come across regarding bushcraft. If you are considering taking up bushcraft or just even backpack from time to time, I would recommend reading this book. The beginning is basic stuff, but then it covers so much info, from shelter to tools, to even what type of wood you should be using for each, woodworking, blacksmithing, food, trapping, knots, cloud charts, measurements are just some...yes, some of the topics covered in this book. Awesome book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Cruz

    This is a good book if you want an overall view of first aid in wilderness settings or with low means or if you need a refresher. What this is NOT, is a comprehensive guide to first aid or a clearly illustrated guide to follow, there are few illustrations, it barely gets into any details and while I can appreciate the art style I feel it would be better with photos. There are better wilderness first aid books out there.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristaps

    While the first book Bushcraft 101 felt rather good and packed with useful information, Advanced Bushcraft is not for all wilderness enthusiasts anymore. There are some great tips and info on more advanced techniques, however better part of the book is about methods and situations that you would have only if you would choose so not realistically in this day and age. A decent guide, but felt less consistent, more chaosy and less illustrated (meaningfully) than Bushcraft 101.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joshua J Caviness

    Decent book. I think the topic here varies. What he terms "bushcraft" actually covers several different fields. Blacksmithing is not bushcraft although it is a related field. Not to mention the author doesn't live in the "bush". See origins of bushcraft for an explanation to that. Decent book. I think the topic here varies. What he terms "bushcraft" actually covers several different fields. Blacksmithing is not bushcraft although it is a related field. Not to mention the author doesn't live in the "bush". See origins of bushcraft for an explanation to that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lnsimon

    This is a great book to take out on the trail. The skills are certainly challenging; however, the writing is clear with easy-to-follow instructions. Of Dave Canterbury's books, this one is my favorite. This is a great book to take out on the trail. The skills are certainly challenging; however, the writing is clear with easy-to-follow instructions. Of Dave Canterbury's books, this one is my favorite.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Blake

    An exceptional writer's resource for anyone who writes about bad-ass, alpha men who can survive in the wilderness with just a knife and some duck tape. And judging by this book, you probably won't need the duck tape! An exceptional writer's resource for anyone who writes about bad-ass, alpha men who can survive in the wilderness with just a knife and some duck tape. And judging by this book, you probably won't need the duck tape!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Terry Cheek

    Great read for the outdoors person I grew up in the outdoors, hunting,fishing, camping, etc.. I’m no professional. This book is written in common language, providing common practices with common gear. I recommend the entire series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Bickerstaff

    This is the squeal to the book Bush Craft 101 this book goes more in detail about all of the basic survival techniques and this book also goes into detail about simple techniques the author used to survive in the wilderness.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shayne Lee Charlesworth

    Good read This was a good read. It was not as advanced as I was hoping for , but it was worth my time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sam Decker

    Great book!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Coger Ethan

    Average advice, some questionable stuff, but in suppose for inner-city folk this could be "advanced" Average advice, some questionable stuff, but in suppose for inner-city folk this could be "advanced"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Too similar to the 1st book. Save yourself some money and don't buy this is you have the 1st book Too similar to the 1st book. Save yourself some money and don't buy this is you have the 1st book

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nigel Wright

    Yeah

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dunderwild

    Learned alot Cool. I found the info very informative and interesting. Reading this book will have been an excellent experience for you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Mallory

    great book this book contains alot of detailed information for beginners and tricks for those who have been or are in the bush. takes into consideration local resources book is easy to read and understand whether you want to learn a few things or live in the wilderness .

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Cordova

    Bushcraft 101 was a very great book to read. However, if that was not enough, Advanced Bushcraft has all the valuable information for a longer stay in the wilderness, and will guide you with what you will need for up to 6 months! From hunting animals, to making natural medicines, this book really teaches you well on what you need to know if you ever plan to stay for more than a month in the natural world. I really enjoyed this book, and I will definitely read it again!

  24. 5 out of 5

    James Harms

    I bought ebook for myself. I bought the paperback for my son.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robert Lewter

    If you are going to spend any time out in the woods, this book and it's predecessor are almost something you have to read. Great information. I highly recommend it. If you are going to spend any time out in the woods, this book and it's predecessor are almost something you have to read. Great information. I highly recommend it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Was very boring

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kcrossett

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jaroslav Dubovsky

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark Clapps

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