The First Dutch Bushcraft Handbook

BOOK REVIEW Finally there is a book about bushcraft in Dutch. Before, aspiring bushcrafters mainly had to resort to English books like Ray Mears’ excellent Essential Bushcraft, Mors Kochanski’s classic Bushcraft, or look online for -again- mainly English content. But no more. 29 Nov. 2015 the Bushcraft Handboek (€ 29,95) was presented by René Nauta and … Continue Reading

Start of this blog

2 Nov. 2015 I registered the domain name and set up the blog in WordPress (a content management system). To get some content straight away, I’ll start by uploading some things that I already wrote in the past, including: Popular science features I wrote for United Academics online magazine (2011-2012) Some posts I wrote for the … Continue Reading

Trek on the Hardangervidda, Norway

TRIP REPORT In the Winter of 1943, a small group of Norwegian commando’s parachuted on the snow-covered Hardangervidda in Nazi-occupied Norway. Their mission: to blow up the Vemork power plant in Rjukan which was producing heavy water that could be used by the Germans to create an atom bomb which could have dramatically changed the … Continue Reading

My gear for a trek in the Scottish Highlands

Next week I’m going on a 1-week backpacking trek in the Scottish Highlands with my friends Leon Reteig and Paul de Moel. Ever wondered what kind of stuff I bring on these hiking & wilderness camping trips (and keeping it as light as possible)? Here it is: Clothing & backpack Isolation jacket (MMB Sleeka Jacket) … Continue Reading

How Irregular Wars Changed Our World

Originally published in United Academics Magazine on January 28, 2013. Guerrillas, raiders and terrorists are from all times and their methods offer valuable military lessons, especially in our modern era of unconventional wars. Some wars are waged without large and well-organized armies but still have great effect. Only think about the nineteen al-Qaeda hijackers in … Continue Reading