To me, the inspiration to practice wilderness survival skills is based in an ideology of minimalism. The less gear you bring, the more intimate an experience you will have with the outdoors. Going with less also means that you can’t rely on your gear as a safety net of comfort, rather you must be creative and find new solutions in order to succeed.
If you have ever used stone tools to create a bow drill set, you know exactly what I am talking about. The experience can be tedious, but the reward is a profound feeling of satisfaction and an incredibly enhanced ability to use a modern knife.