Wilderness Bushcraft Semester Gear List

•  Broken in footwear. Must be good for walking.
•  Sandals or water shoes (can be old sneakers, but these dry slowly)
•  Knee-high waterproof boots (rubber)
•  Sleeping Bag: rated to 20 degrees for the semester, can be warmer for the summer
•  Sleeping Pad (foam pad or Thermarest)
•  Tent – Be sure you set it up and stay in it a few times before arriving, and that it has noseeum netting
•  2 Tarps: No smaller than 10′ x 12′. This will be used in shelter construction. Bring an extra tarp to set up a dry spot to store your gear.
•  Inexpensive Wool Blanket – $20 or less at a military surplus store
•  Wool Socks: 3 pair
•  Other Socks: several pair
•  Warm Wool Shirt or Jacket
•  Long Pants
•  Underwear, T-Shirts, shorts, etc.
•  Bathing Suit
•  Other clothing that can get dirty and beat up.
•  Towel
•  Rain Gear, including rain pants (no ponchos allowed in canoes) – should be sized to fit over cold weather clothes
•  PFD – Personal flotation device, also known as a life jacket. Get one sized to fit you.
•  Extra closed-cell foam pad (aka camping pad, sleeping pad) – For use as a pad when kneeling in the canoe.
•  Warm winter hat (to wear when sleeping and late in the semester course)
•  Hat with wide brim (for sun and rain protection)
•  Work Gloves (available in most hardware stores. leather is best)
•  Bag for your gear (we’ll be making pack baskets, pack frames, etc.)
•  Sun Glasses
•  Personal Toiletries, washcloth, biodegradable soap, etc.
•  Head Lamp or flashlight
•  Cup for Hot/Cold drinks (unbreakable, travel mug-style)
•  Plate, bowl, fork, spoon and net bag to hold them (similar to a laundry bag)
•  Cook pot with a bail handle so you can hang it over a fire (Mors Pot, 16 cm Zebra pot, coffee can with lid or something similar). Will be used for cooking food and boiling water in the field, so don’t get one that’s too small (because it’s a pain to boil drinking water a pint at a time).
•  Water Bottle with wide mouth(wide mouth to fill, not spill) – you should have enough water bottle capacity for a full day’s water
•  Orienteering compass
•  Notebook and pen/pencil
•  Cooler – For keeping perishable foods. We have no electricity or refrigeration at the field school.
•  Camp Chair – Not a necessity, but you’ll probably get tired of sitting on logs. Can fold or not, as you won’t have to transport it far.
•  Dry Bag – To hold your gear when canoeing. There are lots of options here. The best long-term option is a rigid container, such as this 60 liter barrel from Recreational Barrel Works. Other options include: canvas pack with waterproof liner, commercial dry bags, army duffel-type bag with waterproof liner, pack basket with liner, or any sack lined with a garbage bag. What you need is a way to keep things dry on canoe trips. If you have any questions on this, don’t hesitate to call or email.

Tool List

•  Sharp Knife, fixed blade (non-folding) – We recommend the Frosts Mora #2 in carbon steel, available from Ben’s Backwoods
•  Axe with Sturdy Leather Sheath (no hatchets) – handle should not be shorter than 25″. Contact Pole And Paddle Canoe for old, high-quality axes, draw knives and spoke shaves.
•  File (mill bastard, flat) and sharpening tool or stone
•  Draw Knife or Swedish Push Knife (Scroll down to #2006)
•  Spoke Shave
•  Farrier’s Rasp
•  Plastic Bin – for storing personal items and keeping them dry. Like this or similar.

Optional Gear

•  Personal solar panel. You will not have access to power to charge phones, tablets, etc. There are lots of these on the market, such as this one.
•  Dutch Oven. This oven from camp chef has a lid that serves as a skillet.
•  Fishing Gear
•  Bug Net – nice to have when the mosquitos and black flies are out
•  Fishing Gear
•  Lantern – These provide light and heat for your shelter. We’ve had good luck with the Coleman Dual Fuel or Deitz Hurricane oil lamps
•  Thick, open-cell foam pad – can make a stick bed the pinnacle of luxury
•  Camera
•  Small backpacking stove for individual use
•  Canoe paddle and/or pole. You’ll be carving one, but helpful as a backup.
•  Cell Phone
•  Canoe or Kayak
•  Bicycle – we’re 7.5 miles from Ashland

We provide canoes and you’ll be carving a paddle. As for boats, our home base is on the Aroostook River. If you have a boat that you enjoy paddling, feel free to bring it. You will not have access to our phone, except in case of emergency. Likewise, we will not be acting as your message service. If you need to use a phone regularly, please consider getting a cell phone. Otherwise, it is 7.5 miles to town and pay phones.

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