Wilderness Survival: How to Avoid Trouble and How to Live Through the Trouble You Can't Avoid

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Expert advice on staying safe in the outdoors from one of America’s best-known survival writers

The best way to survive an extreme situation in the wilderness is to avoid it in the first place, says Rich Johnson in this refreshing new guide to outdoor survival skills. Avoiding both the rigid "primitive skills" ideology and macho, military/survivalist posturing, Johnson focuses on proven, easily implemented methods to handle emergency situations...

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RICH JOHNSON'S GUIDE TO WILDERNESS SURVIVAL: How to Avoid Trouble and How to Live Through the Trouble You Can't Avoid

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Overview

Expert advice on staying safe in the outdoors from one of America’s best-known survival writers

The best way to survive an extreme situation in the wilderness is to avoid it in the first place, says Rich Johnson in this refreshing new guide to outdoor survival skills. Avoiding both the rigid "primitive skills" ideology and macho, military/survivalist posturing, Johnson focuses on proven, easily implemented methods to handle emergency situations in an easy, low-stress manner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071588331
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/12/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 922,136
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rich Johnson is one of America’s best-known experts on wilderness survival. An Army Special Forces veteran, Rich lived for a year in a remote region of Utah with his family, staying in caves, a wikiup, and an abandoned mine shack and eating snakes, lizards, chipmunks, rabbits, insects, just about anything that wandered by. Rich has written and starred in several non-fiction books and survival videos and has published thousands of articles on outdoor subjects.

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Table of Contents


Preface xi Acknowledgments xii Introduction xv
1 Survival Strategy 1 It's All in Your Head: The Psychology of Survival 2 Assessing the Situation 10 Setting Priorities 14 Survival Is in the Details 16 Basic Survival Strategies 24 Stay or Go? 30
2 Surviving the Elements 35 The Shelter You Wear 36 The Shelter You Carry 41 The Shelter You Make 51 Wet-Weather Survival 56 Surviving Cold Weather 60 Surviving Hot Weather 77
3 Fire 81 Types of Fires 83 Building a Fire 86 Fire Without Matches 93 Fire Starters 107 Campfire Lessons 110 Don't Set the World on Fire 112
4 Water 115 Water Purification 117 Solar Still and Other Water Collection Methods 126 Water Capture 130 Dig a Hole 131 Water Pockets 132
5 Food 135 Become a Hunter-Gatherer 140 Trail Snacks 148 Food Safety: Bears, Bacteria, and More 150
6 Signaling 155 Visible Signals 157 Audible Signals 162 Electronic Signals 163
7 Medical Emergencies 169 Hypothermia: Death from the Inside 170 Frostbite: Death on the Outside 175 Surviving Cold-Water Immersion 180 Hot-Weather Injury 186 Stop the Bleeding! 192 Sprains and Breaks 197 Altitude Sickness 200 Heart Attack 203 Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer 208
8 Navigation 213 The Art of Not Getting Lost 214 Finding Your Way Without a Compass 219 Map and Compass 222 Rules of Land Navigation 232 Crossing Water 235
9 Equipment 241 Survival Kits 242 For the Vehicle 250 Proficiency 251 The Survival Knife 251 Ropes and Knots 257 Stoves: A Step Up from Campfire Cooking 266
10 Wildlife 271 Rules Regarding Baby Animals 272 Rules Regarding Small Animals 273 Rules Regarding Big Animals 273 Venomous Critters 279 Your Animal Attitude 286
11 Weather 287Lightning Safety 292 Flash Flood 296 Epilogue 301 Index 305
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    Whooda thought...

    Never in a million years would I think I'd enjoy reading a book about survival. Guess what, this one is a winner! Johnson lives up to his ratings as most popular columnist for Outdoor Life magazine. Nicely illustrated. Take it home and memorize it for your sake and your family's.

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