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Outdoor Survival Handbook

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Whether you are a novice hiker or camper, or a more experienced outdoorsperson who spend weeks or months in the wilderness The Outdoor Survival Handbook will help you make the most of your adventures in the great outdoors. Suvival-skills expert Raymond Mears delivers dependable, thorough, and easy-to-understand advice on every aspet of outdoor survival, season by season. The essential everyday skills you'll learn include how to:

construct a warm, waterproof shelter at any time ...

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Overview

Whether you are a novice hiker or camper, or a more experienced outdoorsperson who spend weeks or months in the wilderness The Outdoor Survival Handbook will help you make the most of your adventures in the great outdoors. Suvival-skills expert Raymond Mears delivers dependable, thorough, and easy-to-understand advice on every aspet of outdoor survival, season by season. The essential everyday skills you'll learn include how to:

construct a warm, waterproof shelter at any time of the year build a good fire in all kinds of weather gather, prepare, and cook wild foods for tasty and nutritional meals identify medicinal herbs collect and purify water track and idenfity animals orienteer using map, compass, and natural navigational aids make tools and equipment from natural materials and much more.

Filled with practical tips and hundreds of useful drawings and diagrams, this book will help outdoorspeople of all experience levels mater the art of taking full enjoyment in the wilderness without violating the natural wonders that surround them.

A guide to the resources and materials available in the wild and how to use them for food, shelter, warmth, and navigation. Organized by season, this book explains the essential everyday skills needed to get the most out of outdoor adventures, including fires, water, medicinal herbs, and more. An indispensable guide for everyone who ventures into the great outdoors.

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Mears, who teaches woodlore courses, advocates learning to ``see through the eyes of an indigenous native.'' He emphasizes a back-to-nature philosophy and survival skills that can be applied nearly anywhere. The line drawings are very good; Mears is obviously knowledgeable and writes clearly. The book is a mixture of very basic skills, such as making fire, plus recipes for outdoor cooking, truck identification, basket making, and poisonous fungi identification. Unfortunately, each topic receives just one or two pages, and no references for further reading are supplied. Furthermore, this book was first published in Great Britain, and all the supply source addresses are British. Readers wanting some depth and American specificity would do better with Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival (Berkley Bks., 1984) or Paul Rezendes's Tracking and the Art of Seeing ( LJ 10/15/92). Not recommended.-- Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312093594
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 455,263
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Mears is a frequent lecturer on outdoors survival skills and an expert on the survival techniques of native people. He lives in England.

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