Wearing clothes in sleeping bag or not

Originally published (in Dutch) on the Dutch Bushcraft Forum on July 22, 2011. Last week in the Belgian Ardennes I had a discussion with a friend about the effects of wearing clothes when sleeping in a sleeping bag. She claimed that you would be warmer without wearing clothes. Her reasoning had to do with warming up … Continue Reading

Running in minimalist footwear

Originally published (in Dutch) on the Dutch Bushcraft Forum on May 22, 2011. For a year and a half now I have been experimenting with running in minimalist footwear (footwear without cushioning). I’m doing this mainly out of historical interest. I assume that people in the past used to walk barefoot or in very simple footwear … Continue Reading

Mukluks (snow moccasins)

Originally published (in Dutch) on the Dutch Bushcraft Forum on May 15, 2011 in a thread about making moccasins. Early 2010, I made a couple snowshoeing moccasins (mukluks). I used the sewing pattern from the book Snow Walker’s Companion by Garrett and Alexandra Conover. (I can really recommend this book by the way, if you are interested … Continue Reading

Stone Age hunter-gatherers key to modern health problems

Originally published in the Bulletin of Primitive Technology on October 1, 2010. Today we have a radically different lifestyle than that of Stone Age hunter-gatherers but genetically we are still very similar. According to the new field of evolutionary medicine, this mismatch between our modern way of life and our Stone Age genes is the … Continue Reading

Winter Survival Training in Tyngsjö, Sweden

TRIP REPORT 18-27 Feb. 2010 I went on Winter survival training in the snowy woods of Tyngsjö, Sweden with my friends Rob Hofman and Johan Hoogendijk. We built a Mors Kochanski super shelter, made long log fires, got water from a stream, made two signal fires and, unfortunately, didn’t catch any fish in the lake. … Continue Reading

Survival and Canoeing in Tyngsjö, Sweden

TRIP REPORT 1-8 Aug. 2009 I was in Tyngsjö, Sweden to assist my friend Dennis van Dokkum of Survival school O.V.E.R.L.E.V.E.N. for a week of survival instruction and canoeing. With the 7 students we built campfires and shelters, fished for perch and pike, did some trapping, baked bread, navigated and traveled about 57 km (46 km … Continue Reading

Winter Survival Training in Tyngsjö, Sweden

TRIP REPORT 15-24 February 2008 I went on Winter survival training in Tyngsjö in central Sweden with my friends Rob Hofman and Johan Hoogendijk. It wasn’t as cold as we expected (most days the temperature was only a few degrees below zero Celsius) but there was lot’s of snow and we had good fun. Total … Continue Reading