1. Please introduce yourself.
Hi All, Bush Lore is Australia’s only dedicated self-reliance school.
We specialise in survival, tracking and bushcraft and are situated on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland.
2. What is the story behind your website? How did it came to be?
Our business came to be as we were observing the ever growing gap between humankind and the natural world.
We believe that humankind is becoming domesticated, de-evolved and that fewer individuals are able to think critically for themselves.
People are now poor when it comes to looking after themselves and lean heavily towards a position of waiting for help as opposed to helping themselves.
We empower rescuers and leaders and discourage a ‘victim’ mindset in our students.
Bush Lore is about wholistic self-reliance!
3. “Wilderness Survival, Tracking & Bushcraft School” – that sums most of my passions. If you hat to choose one, what would be the most important thing in wilderness survival?
The way you think and control your emotions.
Based on my SAS background I know for a fact that mindset is the most vital aspect of any form of survival.
People these days seem to think that survival is about kit.
Wrong approach because when that ‘stuff’ is taken away people experience emotional collapse and that is a killer.
4. What is your survival gear of choice?
A strong basic knife, metal water bottle, cordage, fire lighting kit, fishing kit, tarp, and plastic (transpiration) bags.
5. Can you give us 5 tips that would sum up the thinking behind “Bushcraft School”?
Remain calm, Assess your situation, Plan, Act and Adjust.
6. Can you please give us 5 tips on improving tracking skills?
Use your eyes, use your ears, be quiet, practice, practice, practice.
7. What is your favorite multi tool?
I carry a very basic Leatherman Tool.
8. What are the tools that you would recommend to a beginner scout?
See point #4.
9. How hard is it to make fire in the wild without having a lighter or matches at hand? Can you give us a few alternatives?
Training and knowledge fix most things.
Learn the basics of bow and drill fire making. when you fail, take a break and then try again.
10. What is the difficulty of your survival course and how would you describe a person that would be a good fit for it?
Our courses start as teaching courses centered in a base camp environment so that students can learn the skills they seek.
We get individuals, families, elderly, adventurers, you name it they come.
We hope to make the knowledge accessible as much as we possibly can.
Beyond this level we offer advanced courses and expeditions where people can do more of the testing side of things and find their limits in challenging environments.
We don’t scale courses based on degree of difficulty, rather allow the individual student to push themselves to the levels they wish to.
Survival mindset is intrinsic not extrinsic, so the motivation has to be in the individual not derived from the instructor.
11. A message to your readers.
Learn the basics, master the basics then go and test the basics.
Retain what works and discard what doesn’t.
Choose a teacher with care, listen to what they say with a critical but open mind.
Learn from those who ‘can do’, not just talk the talk.
What and how they teach will guide you when deciding if they have actually practiced survival or if they are just regurgitating survival manuals.
If they are not teaching you from a position of personal experience then what are they teaching?
Finally …. ‘Just do it!’