Surviving Cold Weather: Greg Davenport's Books for the Wilderness

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  • How to dress for winter; how to create a campsite and what to use as shelter; how to keep warm
  • How to signal for help with aerial flares, smoke, mirrors, and whistles; finding and purifying water; finding and preparing food; protecting yourself and your supplies from wildlife
  • How to use a map and compass; how to travel on snow and ice with snowshoes, skis, and crampons; how to avoid and deal with avalanches
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Overview

  • How to dress for winter; how to create a campsite and what to use as shelter; how to keep warm
  • How to signal for help with aerial flares, smoke, mirrors, and whistles; finding and purifying water; finding and preparing food; protecting yourself and your supplies from wildlife
  • How to use a map and compass; how to travel on snow and ice with snowshoes, skis, and crampons; how to avoid and deal with avalanches

The first in Greg Davenport's Books for the Wilderness series, Surviving Cold Weather covers the techniques and equipment necessary for surviving in ice and snow. Photos and drawings illustrate gear and techniques. The book covers the five survival essentials--personal protection, signaling, sustenance, navigation, and health--as they relate to the cold. Upcoming books in the series are Surviving Open and Coastal Waters, Surviving the Desert, and Surviving the Jungle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811726351
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Greg Davenport's Books for the Wilderness
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Davenport, a former USAF Survival Instructor, is the founding member of Simply Survival, a wilderness education program based in Stevenson, Washington. He has consulted or appeared on 48 Hours, BBC, NBC Nightly News, CBS News, ABC PrimeTime Thursday, and Outdoor Life Network.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 1
The three-step approach to wilderness survival 1
2. Snow and Ice Climates 3
3. Gear 6
Ice ax 6
Snow shovel 7
Mountaineering poles 7
Probe 7
Avalanche transceiver 8
AvaLung 9
Clinometer 9
Altimeter 10
Snowshoes 10
Crampons 16
Cross-country skis 16
Sled 18
Backpack 19
Sleeping bag 23
Sleeping pad 24
Knives 25
Ax 28
Saws 30
Backpacking stove 32
Headlamp 34
Cooking pots 34
Survival tips 35
4. Clothing 36
Heat loss 36
Materials 38
COLDER acronym 40
Parka and rain pants 43
Boots 44
Socks 45
Gaiters 45
Hand coverings 46
Headgear 46
Eye protection 47
Zippers 47
Skin protection 47
Survival tips 48
5. Camping 49
Selecting a campsite 49
Tent 50
Bivouac bag 52
Emergency tarp shelters 53
Emergency natural shelters 54
Survival tips 66
6. Fire and Other Heat Sources 67
Man-made heat sources 67
Building a fire 68
Survival tips 77
7. Signaling 79
Signals that attract rescue 79
Signals that pinpoint your location 80
Cellular phones 86
Improvised signals 86
Helicopter rescue 90
Survival tips 90
8. Water 92
Water sources and procurement 93
Water indicators 96
Natural water filtration 97
Water impurities 98
Purifying water 99
Dispelling myths about water 103
Survival tips 104
9. Food 105
Foods to Pack 106
Plants 107
Bugs 114
Crustaceans 115
Mollusks 117
Fish 118
Birds 125
Mammals 126
Cooking methods 134
Storing food 135
Survival tips 136
10. Navigating 138
Map and compass 138
Determining direction without a compass 154
Global Positioning System (GPS) 160
Survival tips 161
11. Traveling on Snow and Ice 163
How to load your pack 163
Basic travel techniques 163
Terrain issues 166
Using an ice ax 168
Traveling on snowshoes 173
Traveling on cross-country skis 175
Traveling on crampons 183
Survival tips 183
12. Avalanches 184
Avalanche types 184
Avalanche triggers 186
Identifying avalanche hazards 186
Route selection 193
Avalanche necessities 193
Surviving an avalanche 194
Avalanche rescue 194
Survival tips 199
13. Health Issues 200
General health issues 200
Traumatic injuries 201
Environmental injuries and illnesses 206
Survival stress 212
Survival tips 213
14. Animals 214
Polar bears 214
Brown bears 215
Black bears 218
Pumas 219
Gray wolves 220
Moose 221
Survival tip 223
Survival and First-Aid Kits 224
Knots and Lashes 226
Index 229
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