Outdoor Safety & Survival

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Prince George-based outdoors expert Mike Nash shares what he has learned about outdoor safety and survival during more than thirty years of year-round treks into the rugged backcountry of western Canada. This dynamic and up-to-date hand-book discusses ways to prepare for and deal with any number of critical...

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Overview

Prince George-based outdoors expert Mike Nash shares what he has learned about outdoor safety and survival during more than thirty years of year-round treks into the rugged backcountry of western Canada. This dynamic and up-to-date hand-book discusses ways to prepare for and deal with any number of critical situations that may arise in remote and mountainous terrain. The book is packed with information on:

general safety principles

what to take with you

finding your way

coping with year-round weather conditions

unexpected overnight trips

wildlife encounters

communication strategies

Interested with "reality checks," the book aims to keep adventure enthusiasts safe when travelling in the outdoors, at all the while ensuring an appreciation of the many splendours that outdoor adventuring has to offer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781927330012
  • Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Cautionary Note 7

Preface 8

Forty Days and Forty Nights alone in the Wilderness 9

1 Safety Awareness 12

2 Inherent Risks and Good Judgment 17

3 Preparedness 33

4 Preparation, Planning and Practice 41

5 What Kind of Problems can Occur? 47

6 Psychology of Survival 52

7 Safety Procedures 56

8 Equipment for an Unexpected Overnighter 62

9 First aid Kit 68

10 Additional Equipment for Planned Extended Trips 70

11 Navigation 72

12 Cold Problems: Hypothermia, the Silent Killer 87

13 Giving and Heeding Advice when Assessing Risk 97

14 More Cold Problems: Frostbite 99

15 Heat Problems: Hyperthermia 100

16 Desert and Arid Environments 104

17 Electrical Storm, Lighting 109

18 Borderline Mountaineering 113

19 Swift Water and Ocean Shoreline 116

20 Communications 125

21 Safety Around Bears 135

22 Other Wildlife Encounters 150

23 Native Plants 168

24 After Something has Happened 171

25 Emergency Shelters 178

26 Winter Survival 185

27 Avalanche 194

28 What if you are Lost? 200

29 What if Somebody Else is Lost? 203

30 Industrial-Road Safety 206

31 Downed Aircraft 210

32 Preparing for an Extended Outdoor Trip 214

33 Outdoor Leadership 219

34 Epilogue 247

Acknowledgements 252

Appendix A Lessons of History, an Annotated List of Classic Reading 253

Appendix B Commonly used Knots 259

Appendix C Sources and Resources 261

Notes 264

Index 266

About the Author 279

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