Mors article at Outdoor Readiness

Mors_Bushcraft_BookNice article about Mors Kochanski at the blog Outdoor Readiness

Venerable bushcraft instructor Mors Kochanski is one of the most experienced outdoor skills instructors in North America. His specialty is northern forests, the boreal, all seasons. Kochanski bridged primitive and historical methods and skills (actual skills, not just descriptions of skills) into the 21st Century and commingles these treasures with limited modern technologies and social media.

Very few outdoor skills instructors have achieved Kochanski’s broad fluency in wilderness living and survival skills. Fewer still have achieved his fluency in instructional methods for the transfer of skills to novices. Kochanski has mastered instructor-craft

Instructor-craft highlight by me. See the rest of the article HERE.

For more on Mors here at Master Woodsman, click HERE.

As an aside, here is a different perspective on Leave No Trace from what is linked in the suggested article.


About Christian Noble

Chris Noble is the founder of and Woodsmoke Camping Company. A Master Naturalist, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and has worked as a Registered Forester and Certified Burn Manager in several states. Chris is also a Wilderness First Responder and since the late 90’s has been “practicing primitive” skills and taking lessons from numerous Master Woodsmen throughout North America. An advocate for Conservation, teacher of Wilderness Living Skills, and happily married, he enjoys passing what he has learned thus far to others, especially his 2 children, Emerson and Duncan.

3 Responses to Mors article at Outdoor Readiness

    Tom Bain January 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm #


    Thanks for sharing the Kochanski post here. A spike in views resulted. Your site is popular and active. Thanks for all your hard work sharing the outdoors and helping others develop appreciation and skills. We disagree about the evolution and origins of LNT and its impacts, but we agree an the essential nature of fundamental skills, particularly fire-making. I find true readiness at the intersection of Modern Technologies, Historical Technologies, and Primitive Technologies. I use an illustrative VEN diagram to open the training discussion. With respect to LNT, Jeff Marion (a commenter at your LNT post) was one of my Master Educator trainers for LNT. He possesses a staggering depth knowledge and experience in outdoor skills and his profession, recreational ecology. Consider reading some of his academic publications and other related materials. He is as dispassionate in science as passionate about LNT. I greatly appreciate the depth of understanding he helped me gain. In my work, I spread a broader umbrella to discuss outdoor impacts, under the title “Tracecraft.” Tracecraft includes, but is not limited to LNT. One of these days I’ll finish a book under that title. Tracecraft is expertise in leaving or not leaving a trace and recognizing where you wish to do so or not do so. It’s not dependent on philosophical agreement. It centers on skills as a VALUE. It’s a big picture analysis, but a narrow applications guide. It’s about fluency in skills, unselfish professionalism. A hunter using effective camo (for deer vision, not human), or silencing his bow string, or wounding only the animal he/she harvests, is tracecraft. A backpacker skilled in the use of durable surfaces and spirit stoves demonstrates tracecraft. A stealth camper uses tracecraft. Simply put, a true professional, a fluent actor, is able to control the generation traces (smell, sound) ahead of his/her appearance, during his/her passage (sightings), and any traces left upon passage (minimizes tracks, trails, etc.). It’s not a matter of external controls, it’s a matter of internal competency. A master woodsman uses wood as needed, just exactly the amount needed, but leaves no significant trace of that usage in the present, nor contributes to the collective future ecological impacts to a habit used because he/she understands and possesses the requisite knowledge and skills. Not because he/she is told to do so, but because this demonstrates consummate development of skills. Why do I care? I abhor regulatory interventions as much as anyone. I want fluent actors to conserve outdoor venues so well, regulations are redundant. We have a lot of training to do!
    Tom Bain, Outdoor Readiness

    • Christian Noble January 26, 2016 at 11:47 am #

      Nice comment Tom, appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing more about Tracecraft. Best, Chris


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