I think one of the most useful tools of the Woodsman, can be his journal. This tool is not often talked about with regard to what one carries with him to the field. I’m not sure why that’s the case, perhaps it is the other remnants within his pack that allows for this one to be over-shadowed. It’s not flashy, expensive, made out of carbon steel or the trending piece of gear to display, and so it’s nonexistent in most cases. I would say it’s just as valuable as having a knife with you, at least to some extent.
The journal doesn’t have to be anything fancy, like the one depicted in the photo here, it’s what goes inside that makes the real difference. I wish I had started keeping a journal when I began this journey some years ago. I did to some degree, but not like I should have. So there is no better time than now to start. I look back now and realize all of the trips and memories, lessons to be more accurate, that could have been a help possibly moving forward. If nothing more, it could have shown just what I have done and accomplished over the years. Anyway, I don’t plan on wasting any more time and will be doing that from here on out.
Again there are very few who ever mention such a thing, but there are a couple of very accomplished folks who see it’s real benefit and spot in one’s kit. Mors Kochanski gives it a mention a time or two if I’m not mistaken, and my friend Tim Smith makes it of mandatory use at his school. I would say that should tell you something, if my mere rambling of words and a picture didn’t.