Wilderness Secrets Revealed: Adventures of a Survivor

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"Fire! Wake up! The shelter is on fire!"

His students affectionately call him "Doc Survival." He's Quebec's Indiana Jones in a forest setting. Searching for the treasures of the wilderness has been his life-long quest; with passion as his only guide, he has dared to penetrate the forest on its own terms, facing increasingly difficult challenges in the hope of becoming nature's confidant, of learning her secrets.

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Overview

"Fire! Wake up! The shelter is on fire!"

His students affectionately call him "Doc Survival." He's Quebec's Indiana Jones in a forest setting. Searching for the treasures of the wilderness has been his life-long quest; with passion as his only guide, he has dared to penetrate the forest on its own terms, facing increasingly difficult challenges in the hope of becoming nature's confidant, of learning her secrets.

Professor emeritus André-François Bourbeau holds a Guinness World Record for voluntary wilderness survival in the boreal forest. Herein lies his path and his stories, unadulterated: gritty and often comical mistakes punctuated by inspiring successes. What remains of this lifetime of experimentation is one man's everlasting love of the wilderness and its intricacies, a rousing reflection on our own human priorities, and need for deep connection with the environment and other fellow beings.

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In this celebration of life and career, Bourbeau (Surviethon) narrates his evolution from frog-hunting boy to wilderness-surviving young man to canoeing-with-a-baby father. He lays bare his mistakes, from misidentifying plants to choosing lousy campsites, with plenty of humor, mild chagrin, and a touch of cheekiness. This is not a wilderness survival manual, though it imparts some riotous lessons on what not to do, but rather a biography of the man known to his University of Quebec students as "Doc Survival." Bourbeau gives a play-by-play description of some of his wilderness adventures, par-ticularly a one-month stint in the backwoods of Quebec. In his conclusion, he explains how to assess risks and draws a line between good and bad risk taking. Bourbeau also outlines the four factors of wilderness survival–physical capacity, psychological outlook, specific technical skills, and decision-making–and how to improve them for maximum survival chances. Readers get a sense of Bourbeau's awe for and connection with the wilderness, and he exhorts them to protect it in its natural, wild form, sans chalets, lookouts, and even hiking paths. Unfortunately, the tone is surprisingly juvenile for a pro-fessor emeritus and at times the language borders on foul, but, despite these drawbacks, Bourbeau has crafted an engrossing read. Canadian distribution: UTP. U.S. Distribution: Ingram (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459706965
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 725,634
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

André-François Bourbeau is professor emeritus at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi where he taught for over 30 years in the Outdoor Adventure Program he co-founded. He also founded and directed the university's outdoor research laboratory. Bourbeau lives in the Saguenay region ofQuebec.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Bob Henderson
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction

One: The Hunt
Two: Garlicky
Three: Spicy
Four: The Swamp Tramp
Five: Up Here, Sir
Six:  Dear Frank
Seven: The Farmer
Eight: Sandals
Nine: Licking My Chops
Ten: Banquet Time
Eleven: Cold Hole
Twelve: Batman
Thirteen: Ferns Crack Me Up
Fourteen: Survivathon
Fifteen: Captain Haddock
Sixteen: Retropulsion
Seventeen: Camping with a View
Eighteen: Clean Dirt
Nineteen: Birchbark Pillow
Twenty: Unexpected Swim
Twenty-One: Surprise

Conclusion
About the Author

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