Doug Shoe Bushcraft

Posted by: Ratch

Doug Shoe Bushcraft - 08/02/21 11:57 PM

Iíve been watching some Doug Shoe videos on YouTube. Like his low key low cost approach. No survival ninjas defeating the elements to the tune of loud music. Hereís one video on dressing appropriately. Wish every tourist would see it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaHVECBsqM0
Posted by: hikermor

Re: Doug Shoe Bushcraft - 08/03/21 02:40 AM

Agree on his low, low cost ideas - a good treatment of layering and selection of versatile fabrics. He is absolutely right about military clothing - low cost and practical. I would change a bit and argue for at least some articles of bright clothing.

Doing SAR, I have spent days looking for folks dressed in subdued colors and they can be really hard to spot. Even a right handkerchief or bandanna can make a difference, but more is better, especially if you are immobile...
Posted by: Herman30

Re: Doug Shoe Bushcraft - 08/03/21 07:12 AM

Originally Posted By: hikermor


Doing SAR, I have spent days looking for folks dressed in subdued colors and they can be really hard to spot.

This is why I bought a couple of mesh signal panels in bright orange: https://postimg.cc/S2WCF5pt
Weighs almost nothing and packs small, fits in a trouser pocket.
Posted by: Phaedrus

Re: Doug Shoe Bushcraft - 08/03/21 11:28 AM

Originally Posted By: hikermor
Agree on his low, low cost ideas - a good treatment of layering and selection of versatile fabrics. He is absolutely right about military clothing - low cost and practical. I would change a bit and argue for at least some articles of bright clothing.

Doing SAR, I have spent days looking for folks dressed in subdued colors and they can be really hard to spot. Even a right handkerchief or bandanna can make a difference, but more is better, especially if you are immobile...


So many folks choose camo, OD green, etc for all their outdoors gear. On the one hand I get wanting to blend into nature and not stand out. That's maybe nice emotionally and fits a certain aesthetic but it backfires when you need to be found. For every instance where training in evasion is important there are probably 200 where getting found is the goal. It can be hard enough finding someone dressed in bright clothing, and much harder still finding a lost hiker hunkered down under a camo tarp!
Posted by: roberttheiii

Re: Doug Shoe Bushcraft - 08/03/21 02:35 PM

Dougs are like highlanders...there can be only one... :P Kidding, guy seems nice enough. That said, living in New England, I don't consider it to be a particularly inhospitable or dangerous climate/region.
Posted by: teacher

Re: Doug Shoe Bushcraft - 08/03/21 05:23 PM

Originally Posted By: hikermor
Agree on his low, low cost ideas - a good treatment of layering and selection of versatile fabrics. He is absolutely right about military clothing - low cost and practical. I would change a bit and argue for at least some articles of bright clothing.

Doing SAR, I have spent days looking for folks dressed in subdued colors and they can be really hard to spot. Even a right handkerchief or bandanna can make a difference, but more is better, especially if you are immobile...


Would you recommend a strobe as well?
Posted by: teacher

Re: Doug Shoe Bushcraft - 08/03/21 05:24 PM

One thing I do is carry SOME bright gear - A neon scarf and sleeping bag.
Posted by: Ratch

Re: Doug Shoe Bushcraft - 08/04/21 01:43 AM

Some good ideas. If you want cheap sturdy gear, surplus is useful, but supplementing it with some blaze orange articles would be smart. Iíve seen evidence of even off season hunting in my woods, so I wear an orange t shirt when Iím back there in the summer and an orange hunters hat and sometimes a vest in the winter. Iíve been thinking of replacing my brown cloth sun hat with a brighter one.

My survival kit only has a 3 ft 1 inch wide strip of orange marking tape so Iím thinking of adding an orange trash bag or two to wrap around it.

I got religion on not buying camo or black colored knives when I lost one too many. Now I carry a cheap ($20) kabar orange dozier hunter.
Posted by: hikermor

Re: Doug Shoe Bushcraft - 08/04/21 01:53 AM

Would you recommend a strobe as well?

A strobe, or almost any bright light, and a signal mirror are very good items