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Likes: Mountains, Snow, Bourbon, Wood, Caffeine

Origins: Manhattan
via Flat, English Canada

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Likes: Mountains, Snow, Bourbon, Wood, Caffeine

Origins: Manhattan
via Flat, English Canada

Email John

Wilderness is where men walk with legends.

Like most long-distance backpackers, I thought an axe or knife were nostalgic, too heavy to take along. But skilled woodsmen have valued these icons of the wild since the Neolithic and if I wanted to walk with legends I needed to learn from them.

Gear that taps into the heritage of bushcraft, yet is practical enough for trekking proved as elusive as the legendary Jackalope. So Kevin and I joined forces. We camped with cowboys. We chopped with lumberjacks. We learned from Neanderthals. Then we began to assemble our ideal kit by designing and making our own gear or adding our own twist to existing gear. And like the Jackalope our products became hybrids of the exceptional from different breeds of outdoorsmen.

Bush Smarts was born – the love child of tradition and performance, created not only to provide gear and know-how but also to fuel the imagination.

We encourage you to get inspired and begin your walk with legends.

Likes: Snow, Snowshoeing, Wilderness Survival

Origins: Hudson Valley via flat, sandy, Maryland

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Likes: Snow, Snowshoeing, Wilderness Survival

Origins: Hudson Valley via flat, sandy, Maryland

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Why can't camping gear be like cheese: locally made, exceptionally high quality and meaningfully unique? Our goal at Bush Smarts is to personally procure, design and build a kit of gear that we think represents everything you need for a wilderness adventure.

We've scoured the globe to find obscure and under-appreciated gear, and we do whatever we can to make it more approachable for folks just getting into the outdoors, and more functional for seasoned pros.

Between John and me, there's over 40 years of camping, hiking, backpacking, bushcrafting and outdoor experience. Bush Smarts is our venture to combine what we know, what we love and what we do for a new generation of urbanites and mountain men alike.

If you're not sure where to start, check out our GET SMART pages. You'll learn more about our gear, how it's made and what inspires us to design, procure and make products to get you out there and safely back. 

EMBRACE YOUR INNER WILD!