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Mors Kochanski

Mors Kochanski.

I think it would be fair to say that Mors Kochanski is a legend within the bushcraft community. His book "Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills & Wilderness Survival" (first published in 1987) is now widely regarded as a standard text for those interested in further study. Although extremely modest Mors has been teaching wilderness living skills for more than 40 of his 70+ years! A truely remarkable achievement in itself. His enthusiasm for wilderness recreation, his extensive knowledge of the field, and his desire to learn everything there is to know about the wilderness has made him one of the foremost authorities on wilderness skills. Mors is the former editor of Alberta Wilderness Arts and Recreation.  He was formerly Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education at the University of Alberta.

I have spent time with Mors in 2010 learning a variety of winter wilderness living skills including: -

  • Clothing for the winter bush
  • Igloo & quinze building
  • Roycraft snowshoe & frame making
  • The winter "super shelter"
  • Bindcraft, knots and winches
  • Winter firelighting
  • Winter travel hazzards in the backcountry
  • Winter foraging & medicinal plants

Naturally, I'm really excited about this opportunity as it gives me the chance to learn new skills and improve existing ones from a man who has set the tone and pace in wilderness survival skills. I first met Mors three summers ago at the BCUK Bushmoot, and have enjoyed his talks and lectures on the "Super Shelter" and his Top 10 things to know about survival.

(Incidentally, Mors always teachs students that it is bad etiquette to borrow another's axe. He is pictured here having taken a shine to mine: it would have been churlish to have refused him.)


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