Desert Survival Skillsby David Alloway
Remote desert locations, including the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico, southern Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, draw adventurers of all kinds, from the highly skilled and well prepared to urban cowboys who couldn't lead themselves (much less a horse!) to water. David Alloway's goal in this book is to help all of them survive when circumstances beyond their… See more details below
Remote desert locations, including the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico, southern Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, draw adventurers of all kinds, from the highly skilled and well prepared to urban cowboys who couldn't lead themselves (much less a horse!) to water. David Alloway's goal in this book is to help all of them survive when circumstances beyond their control strand them in the desert environment. In simple, friendly language, enlivened with humor and stories from his own extensive experience, Alloway here offers a practical, comprehensive handbook for both short-term and long-term survival in the Chihuahuan and other North American deserts.
- University of Texas Press
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Meet the Author
David Alloway was an interpretive naturalist at Big Bend Ranch State Park who has taught and practiced arid land survival techniques in the United States, Mexico, and Australia for over twenty years.
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This book is a great great book I have read a lot of survival books and this book gave me the infomation I needed to hear.It gives reasonable suggestions and opinions from his experience and the storys of what he either went through or saw is great. Personally I would defenitly recommend this book if you have read a lot of survival books or you enjoy the desert.
This is strictly a desert survival book, not a desert hiking book; i.e. it is mostly about surviving until rescue once things have gone very wrong. But don't look for a lot of information on how to plan a desert hike, learning to navigate, avoiding poisonous snakes, or checking out groundwater sources so as to avoid having to employ survival skills in the first place. Desert Survival Skills is written by the late David Alloway, who learned his desert skills at at Big Bend National Park. It is a good resource for survival skills in that part of the country, although it is true that some of his advice doesn't translate to other deserts of North America and the world. I give it three out of five stars.
This is a good book on desert survival, though it is a little uneven. Some of the survival 'skills' needed by someone traveling the desert aren't provided, for instance, learning to navigate with skill, or planning for an adequate water supply especially when on foot. The book is at its best in describing survival in the Chihuahuan Desert (Texas, New Mexico)of North America. Its usefulness in other desert areas is limited; in particular the sections on finding water and food, or plant and animal dangers, are really targeted to that particular bioregion.