Desert Survival Skills

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Every year people die in the deserts of California, the Southwest, and northern Mexico. Alloway's goal is to show how these deaths can be prevented through the use of desert survival skills. He covers survival in a logical and sequential manner, starting with "Intelligence: The Ultimate Survival Tool" and continuing with more specific topics such as survival kits, water, fire, shelter, tools and weapons, traveling, and wayfinding. Throughout, he liberally sprinkles true survival stories, which reinforce the need for acquiring desert survival skills. Illustrated with line drawings, photographs, and maps, the handbook includes a brief glossary and over 50 selected references. Alloway is employed as an interpretive naturalist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in the Chihuauan Desert, has worked with the U.S. Air Force on survival skills, and is a veteran of search and rescue-all of which explains why his book is authoritative, comprehensive, well written, and entertaining. Recommended for all public libraries in the region, large public libraries in the rest of the country, and academic libraries.-Thomas K. Fry, Univ. of Denver Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292704923
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 269
  • Sales rank: 1,420,499
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Preface: A Philosophy of Survival in the Desert
Acknowledgments
Introduction: People and the Desert
1. Intelligence: The Ultimate Survival Tool
2. The Priorities of Desert Survival
3. Survival Kits
4. Water
5. Fire
6. Shelter
7. Aiding Rescuers
8. Expedient Vehicle Repairs and Uses
9. Chihuahuan Desert Plant Resources
10. Chihuahuan Desert Animal Resources
11. Expedient Tools and Weapons
12. Weather Hazards
13. Desert Hazards, First Aid, and Sanitation
14. Traveling and Wayfinding
15. Debriefing
Appendix A. Wilderness Survival Schools
Appendix B. Equipment Sources
Glossary
Selected References
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Great book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2004

    Desert Survival vs. Planning Ahead

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    Good but limited in coverage

    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.

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