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Dave Canterbury and the 5 C's of Survivability

Posted on February 23, 2013 by olinselot There have been 1 comment(s)

Dave shows us his trapping shelterThere are men who have a garage full of tools and trunk full of wilderness preparedness gear, but not many men hand made all those things themselves. Aside from his fame on the hit television series Dual Survival, Dave Canterbury has an impressive following on YouTube. How did Dave earn his over 124,000 subscribers? By being awesome!

Dave has a cool brake drum that he uses as a forgeDave has an extensive video series where he lives in isolation in a yurt, traps his own meals with handmade traps, flint knaps his own arrow heads, and even blacksmiths his own axe heads in a forge he made out of a rusted break drum. His approach to wilderness survival is appealing because he adapts everything for the “common man”. Focusing on the best value and multipurpose functionality of everything he uses and promotes sets him apart from other celebrity survival expert.

The “5 C’s of Survivability" are the foundation for Dave's practical methods to wilderness survival:

  1. Cutting tool – something that can cut down trees as well as do fine cutting if needed.
  2. Combustion device – a reliable way of getting fire.
  3. Covering – Clothing/covering designed to wick moisture and regulate body temperature.
  4. Container – a metal container that can be used to carry and boil water or food.
  5. Cordage – multipurpose rope useable in lashing or building anything you need.

Dave showing his amazing yurtYou can watch Dave hand craft all of the five items in his video series except for #3 – the Covering. When it comes to regulating his core body temperature, maintaining comfort, and ensuring moisture wicking, Dave prefers Merino Wool base layer to get the job done.

In list latest series about blacksmith skills, Dave can be seen sporting high quality Merino Wool, compliments of Outersports.com, in which he hand-forges a knife out of an old railroad spike. We look forward to seeing Dave Canterbury as he continues to exemplify the standard of wilderness preparedness in future videos.


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1 Response to Dave Canterbury and the 5 C's of Survivability

  • Jade Koyle

    I love it how he uses something basic like a railroad spike. Great idea!

    Posted on February 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM

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