Outdoor Survival Guide

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The beauty and tranquility of nature can be deceptively dangerous for the unprepared. A change in weather conditions, personal injury, or lost or damaged supplies can turn a scenic hike into a life-threatening ordeal. Those with the knowledge of survival stay calm, stay safe, and stay alive.

Outdoor Survival Guide provides you with the essential survival information to help you overcome the most frequently encountered outdoor hazards. This guide offers practical, step-by-step ...

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Overview

The beauty and tranquility of nature can be deceptively dangerous for the unprepared. A change in weather conditions, personal injury, or lost or damaged supplies can turn a scenic hike into a life-threatening ordeal. Those with the knowledge of survival stay calm, stay safe, and stay alive.

Outdoor Survival Guide provides you with the essential survival information to help you overcome the most frequently encountered outdoor hazards. This guide offers practical, step-by-step instruction so you can implement the skills and techniques even under the most stressful circumstances. From extreme cold to the isolated wilderness, you'll have the tools to survive.

In Outdoor Survival Guide, survival expert Randy Gerke shares the same techniques and strategies he has used with the U.S. military and other government agencies. You will learn these skills and more:

-Assess your situation and prioritize your needs.

-Use your surroundings for shelter and safety.

-Navigate through isolated wilderness.

-Survive in extreme heat or cold.

-Signal for help.

-How to find drinking water in the wild and make sure it's safe to drink.

-Identify edible vegetation to stave off hunger.

-Assemble your own custom survival kit.
Preparation is the key to survival, and Outdoor Survival Guide will ensure that you are prepared. Before you venture afield, read this guide, and then stow it in your backpack, in your glove compartment, or with your outdoor supplies. It might save your life.

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"Gerke offers no-nonsense, practical advice that can help you get through almost any survival situation. This book has everything you need, including instructions on foraging for food and finding water, building a fire without matches or a lighter, constructing a primitive shelter, and navigating your way out of the wilderness. Written in an engaging style, Outdoor Survival Guide could very well save your life. " 

Jay Cassell, Deputy Editor, Field & Stream

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736075251
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/2/2009
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 474,788
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1978, Randy Gerke has been teaching survival techniques to the general public and groups from corporations and government agencies. He is a former captain and a member of the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team in Ouray, Colorado, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. He has been a technical advisor to the television programs Rescue 911 and Worst-Case Scenario. He has been personally involved in many search-and-rescue operations in a variety of terrains and weather conditions during every season of the year.

Gerke is the founder and owner of Enviro-Tech International at www.etisurvival.com, a company devoted to teaching wilderness survival and rescue, wilderness medicine, and aircraft crew survival. Gerke has taught survival and rescue courses from Maine to Washington state. His clients have included the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Air Force, U.S Navy, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Gerke lives in Montrose, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Survival Skills Quick Reference
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. The Art of Survival
Chapter 2. Shelter
Chapter 3. Fire
Chapter 4. Water
Chapter 5. Food From Plants
Chapter 6. Food From Animals
Chapter 7. Navigation and Finding Help
Chapter 8. Signaling
Chapter 9. Injuries and Illness
Chapter 10. Dangerous Animals and Environments
Chapter 11. Survival Kits
About the Author

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

    A Well Done Guide! - Easy to read, well organized text with straightforward instructions.

    Randy Gerke's Outdoor Survival Guide blends easy to read, well organized text on what to do in a survival situation with straightforward instructions. He takes you from the probable psychological state you may find yourself, to building a shelter and foraging for food, through to stumbling upon a dangerous animal and everything in between. Not only should every outdoor enthusiast, scout, and nature loving family read and own this book, but everyone from the occasional hiker to those who drive a car. Outdoor Survival Guide should be slipped into every backpack and stowed in every glovebox. If read before any outdoor adventure, Gerke's clear-cut, candid advice on precautions and preparations could prove to be the key ingredients to surviving a life-threatening situation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Essential Knowledge for Everyone

    Outdoor Survival Guide by Randy Gerke is an outstanding overview of essential knowledge for anyone from novice outdoor enthusiasts to seasoned survivalists.

    The book is well organized and takes what could otherwise be dry and technical information and presents it in a very user-friendly and easily readable manner. Within each section, the skill sets are introduced in a linear progression so that each new skill presented builds off of something previously learned. This obviously comes from Gerke's extensive background in teaching wilderness survival for many years. The book is outlined in a very practical way so that it is easy to either read through cover to cover, or search through by topic to quickly find relevant information. The abundance of included photographs and illustrations enhance the quality of written knowledge contained in the book, so that concepts can be learned easily and efficiently.

    Compared to many similar books on the market, I prefer the simplicity of Outdoor Survival Guide. It does not bombard the reader with too much information, but at the same time makes sure to cover all the essential survival skills necessary to stay safe. I recommend it for anyone who spends time outdoors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Cool

    This book was really cool. I really loved it. I am an Eagle Scout myself and going into this book I wasnt expecting to learn anything really. But to my surprise I learned lots. From fire making without matches to filtering unsanitary water you get it all. The book really surprised me. The book starts with the description of the first thoughts you might have after first realizing you are stranded in the wilderness alone. It goes through the proper way to think and strategize while stranded. The most important thing is to not panic. Panic causes you do things you would never do that would cause you to use precious energy that could be used on survival. The book takes you through the steps necessary for survival. They start from the most important to the least important. The cool part was shelter building. From previous experiences I made sloppy shelters but I learned some new shelter building techniques. After that you learn the art of filtering water. The water you drink has to be safe, because if it isn't you can get seriously sick and it shows how to avoid that. There is an art to survival, and you have to actually be in that position to find out. The book in a way puts you in that place and gives you a glimpse of what that might be like. The book enhances your survival skills more that you will ever know. I really loved the book. It would be great for anybody to read. The book is like reading from Bear Grylls himself, so if you like him, then read this. After watching all those survival shows on the Discovery Channel you won't find anything in greater detail than this book. This is the book that will save your life.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

    Everyone Should have this book!!!!

    Outdoor Survival Guide by Randy Gerke, is brilliantly simple, clear, and applicable to most any survival situation. But more than this, it is a "Can Do" book. The author not only teaches essential skills, but also nurtures within the reader a spirit of confidence, pro-activity, and creativity in addressing the first, and perhaps the most deciding question in survival with a resounding: "Yes, I can do this?" Every household should have one.

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