There are several types of rope, and each has it's own advantages and disadvantages. These are detailed on the pages linked here.
Be inspired - try these Bushcraft camp (run by Scouts South Australia).
How to survive a bushfire
You may find each of the links below to be of assistance.
Methods of treating Hypothermia are discussed at firstaid.about.com (note: call 000 in Australia, not 911)
and at natureskills.com.
Navigating by the sun or stars
Oberon SES have some great resources covering Improvised Navigation that will be of interest to those wishing to be able to "navigate the Surface of the Earth with less than a GPS or Compass".
Telling the time by both sun and stars
Whilst the majority of relevant websites out there give information relating to the Northern Hemisphere, these will give you some useful guidance for those of us in Australia and other southern hemisphere countries.
There are some ideas in the above pages for finding north using physical gadgets other than sundials.
Water Purification Methods
There are three ways to treat suspected water: filtration, boiling and chemical water purification.
- Filtering water doesn't purify it, but it reduces particles and sediment and makes the water taste better. Learn how to make a water filter.
- Boiling is the most certain way of killing all microorganisms. However, boiling will NOT neutralize chemical pollutants, nor will it remove sediment
- To purify water with chemicals, use water purification tablets like these that should be included in your survival kit.
There are microbial purification filters available that not only removes parasites such as Giardia, but also kill waterborne bacteria and viruses. For example, Bushwalkingskills
Use a lifestraw
Obtaining water under survival conditions
Survival.org.au has a great page of methods for finding or creating water.
Whatknot shows one way to make a useful rope,
while makerope.com is about making rope with hand operated rope machines.
There are also many video-style presentations such as
this one about Making rope out of dead plants.
For our purposes here, Backwoods Cooking refers to using nil or minimal utensils to cook a meal. For lightweight camping (such as the NSW State Rally) this is an especially useful skill to have, as less utelnsils means less weight in your backpack.
here are a range of great resources -