An essential guide to everything you need to stay sheltered, fed, healthy, and safe in the backcountryOrganized around the six essentials of survival (shelter, water, food, fire, comfort and health, and navigation), Wilderness Survival Handbook covers 100 skills and techniques, including preserving fire, building pit shelters, toolmaking, stoneboiling cookery, and trappingAn essential guide to everything you need to stay sheltered, fed, healthy, and safe in the backcountryOrganized around the six essentials of survival (shelter, water, food, fire, comfort and health, and navigation), Wilderness Survival Handbook covers 100 skills and techniques, including preserving fire, building pit shelters, toolmaking, stoneboiling cookery, and trapping and hunting animals with handmade tools and weapons. By mastering these skills, you will be able to survive with few tools or provisions in any wilderness setting--forest, plain, desert, or tundra--in nearly any part of the world....
|Title||:||Wilderness Survival Handbook: Primitive Skills for Short-Term Survival and Long-Term Comfort|
|Number of Pages||:||266 Pages|
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Wilderness Survival Handbook: Primitive Skills for Short-Term Survival and Long-Term Comfort Reviews
Don't know why I picked this up, as I will not be hiking in the woods, much less be going on snow bound treks. Maybe to see if anything new has come up since the things that I learned in childhood. Not much has changed.It seems weird to me that so many people in the 19-35 age range would be S.O.L. if their car broke down on a road less traveled. Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts have become so uncool that few young people have any exposure to 'being prepared' for worse case scenario. Yet the young pile in cars, dressed in Bay Area work clothes and head to the mountains to throw a few snowballs assuming that their GPS, cell phone and intentions to be in the elements will last until they feel uncomfortable. They are often surprised by road closures that leave them without the basic necessities as the sit for hours and hours on an Interstate, with no water, no food, no snow gear and no blankets in their cars.I was a Girls Scout and when we camped, we had some parts easy, the military would go ahead of our week in the wilderness and set up 14 man tents, then buses would take us into semi remote areas. Where our adult supervisors treated us more like we were in basic. But we learned a lot, it wasn't a lets make lanyards type of camp.I have talked to my grandchildren about acquiring basic survival knowledge which they brush off as so silly, as they have better things to do, and after all they can google it. First good skills require practice, it is not like you read a book and can start a fire. I think about living in earthquake country, and almost no one has a easy to get to rucksack with basic survival gear set out in a place where it is accessible. It is like they just expect in a major quake, if they are injured or thirsty, they will call 911 and some one will show up within an hour or so. In spite of being told over and over that they are likely in a major quake to be on their own for up to a week. Cell towers will be down, electrical lines will be down water and sewage pipes will be broken and even a suburban setting will be like a wilderness area at a critical time.I have never been a fan of the idea of going out into wilderness areas and finding ways to live off the land for a long period of time....but am a total believer in having a fairly deep knowledge of short term survival. This book is a good start, but as the author points out it is practice and practice that makes survival most likely.
I only read the first section meant for people in short-term survival situations (such as being stuck in the middle of the woods with no ability to contact people). It was okay. There are a few good things here but I think most of it will be familiar to people who spend time in the outdoors. And what might be new doesn't go into a whole lot of depth, so it probably won't be able to teach you a whole lot. Additionally, it's written more in a prose format than as a skills book, which makes it poor for reference purposes. I have not read much survival material but I assume there are better options.
Should society crumble, I shall be much more prepared. Should I become lost in the woods, I will be much less likely to turn into a Perished. The skills to be starting fires and making cordage at every appropriate moment. Sample: For emergency lost-in-the-woods-ness, cotton balls smothered in vaseline kept in a waterproof containter make great fire lighters. For long-term forming-civilization-anew-ness, among the coal making techniques described is a pump made from sticks, rocks, and cordage. Boom! (ok, not actually boom) Fire.
I use this book a lot! Everything from the layout (the first 7 days of survival followed by survival living) as well as the index to find obscure stuff, is super handy. All the stuff that is commonly covered in other books has tons of little details I've not seen before. I highly recommend this book!
Tons of detail that add some good new perspective to common skills and some stuff too. The first bit is about short term, and the then the rest is all about long term wilderness living. Lots of great little stories mixed in throughout the whole book. Worth getting.
- available in SG NLB 613.69 (Serangoon)
I'm going to come back to this one in the spring. I'm juggling too many library due dates at the moment. I've enjoyed it so far.
One of the more interesting survival books I've read as it focuses more on primitive techniques. I would like to learn more and put it to practice.
So much information in this book about survival! Very valuable resource.