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A Handbook for Wilderness Survival

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If you pursue any form of outdoor recreation for any length of time in primitive surroundings, you are likely to become lost or stranded at some time. What stands between you and ultimate disaster is a knowledge of the basic elements of survival, your common sense, and your own ingenuity. Nature is never hostile, only indifferent. Odds are that you will not be torn apart by wild animals, you will not starve to death, you will not freeze to death, and you will not suffer undue hardship unless you are both careless...
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Overview

If you pursue any form of outdoor recreation for any length of time in primitive surroundings, you are likely to become lost or stranded at some time. What stands between you and ultimate disaster is a knowledge of the basic elements of survival, your common sense, and your own ingenuity. Nature is never hostile, only indifferent. Odds are that you will not be torn apart by wild animals, you will not starve to death, you will not freeze to death, and you will not suffer undue hardship unless you are both careless and stupid. Life's necessities are all around you, but they are not prepackaged with detailed, useful instructions. A Handbook for Wilderness Survival provides the how-to manual to tip the scales toward life in any survival situation. The single biggest threat is fear itself and all such fears are baseless. A Handbook for Wilderness Survival tells you how, in any situation, you can build a fire and keep it going; construct a weatherproofed shelter out of available materials; find and prepare food and water; avoid hypothermia and dehydration; deal with severe distress signals; and make basic workable tools. It tells you what to include in your emergency kit, without which you will soon learn to feel naked. It encourages you to experiment in your back yard and make each and every trip into the field an imaginary survival test. Your life is important only to you in a survival situation and you alone will decide by the actions you take how well you will live.
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"Nature is never hostile, only indifferent," Harris, past director of the Oregon Wildlife Federation, writes. "You will not ... suffer undue hardship unless you are both careless and stupid." With those maxims, Harris lays out the basics for surviving in the wild, beginning with a list of contents for a very complete emergency survival kit. He moves on to direction finding and map use; avoiding hypothermia; finding the right clothing; shelters; fire making; water; food from land animals, plants, and fish; learning to improvise; and "getting out." A wilderness traveler wouldn't take this book on a trip, but the knowledge gained from reading it first would be valuable (though an index would have been useful). While much of this information is covered in fundamental sources such as Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills (LJ 1/92) or almost any basic backpacking or backcountry skiing book such as Lito Tejada-Flores's Backcountry Skiing: A Handbook (LJ 11/1/81), this book is recommended for public libraries as a good addition to the literature.-Thomas K. Fry, Penrose Lib., Univ. of Denver
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871317872
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company
  • Publication date: 2/27/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Ch. I If You Are Lost 13
Ch. II Emergency Kit 21
Ch. III Direction Finding 25
Ch. IV Maps 37
Ch. V "Getting Out" 45
Ch. VI Hypothermia 47
Ch. VII Clothing 55
Ch. VIII Winter Shelters 61
Ch. IX Shelter Living 73
Ch. X Fire Making 77
Ch. XI Fire Know-How 91
Ch. XII Dehydration 97
Ch. XIII Water 103
Ch. XIV Basic Food Needs 113
Ch. XV Food from Animals 115
Ch. XVI Trapping Know-How 137
Ch. XVII Improvisations 143
Ch. XVIII Food from Fish 153
Ch. XIX Food from Plants 157
Ch. XX Winter Problems 217
Ch. XXI Making Do 229
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