Lead a life of adventure from the cushions of your couch
Long before emergancy assistance was just a cell phone call away and GPS systems kept the mystery out of even the deepest off-roading trips, toughness-mental and physical- and independence were valued far above technology.
Our fathers and grandfathers know how to fend for themselves and survive in even the most perilous situations, but up until now, our generation has taken a pass on acquiring such crucial life skills.
The Dangerous Book for Men shows how today's man can once again discover the exhilaration of an adventerous life with just a little forethought and a lot of good sense (and a few handy implements).
Learn utlimate survivor tactics, like how to:
•Navigate by the sun and stars
•Break up a dogfight
•Survive a sandstorm
•Deal with suspected poisoning
•Land a small aircraft
•and so much more
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About the Author
Rod Green is a freelance editor and writer whose publications include books on the Special Forces, the Army Air Corps, and the building of the
Titanic. He has also written widely for children–his Santa Claus: The Magical
World of Father Christmas was a New York Times bestseller in 2006.
Read an Excerpt
Men, are you tiring of the sedentary pleasures of the modern world? Are you wearied by web surfing? Bored of the vicarious thrills offered by the shoot-’em-ups and racing games on your console? Jaded by life among the MTV generation, so that even the videos of Lady Gaga do nothing for you now?
Of course, there are many things in today’s world for which the modern man should be truly thankful—delivery pizza, GPS, five-blade disposable razors, painless dentistry, and Megan Fox, to name but a few. But they have come at a price—our ability to go out and create our own adventures and to deal with danger. However, your ennui is telling. I do declare that you are ready to write your own stories of derring-do and to reconnect with a more noble past where a boy grew up learning all the skills needed to be a real chap.
Not so long ago, our fathers and grandfathers could light fires in the rain, deal with a blown-out tire, replace a missing button, come up with a tasty supper out in the wilds, even land a light aircraft in an emergency. In short, they knew how to do lots of things that so many men today simply don’t have a clue about. Yet, this pool of invaluable knowledge was not garnered at special, secret, evening classes or from a sweep of the internet, nor were boys born with it somehow prebuilt into their DNA.
So how did they come to know the best way to deal with an angry bull or to save a drowning man? Well, many of them picked up know-how during a childhood in the Scout movement (back in the days when health-and-safety regulations had not begun to strangle us). Still more skills were drilled into them or learned by necessity when they were serving their country in the armed forces. The rest were simply passed on from father to son.
Add to this the fact that young men now travel further to college, university, and work. Gone are the days when many a son neither expected nor wanted anything more than to follow his father into the local factory or to take over the family farm. In itself, that is no bad thing, and how many of those old factories or farms are still there anyway? But with them went a great deal of tradition, including the gradual passing on of life skills from one generation to another.
This book cannot replace that sacred relationship, but within its pages you will find a plethora of hints and tips not only on how to cope when you have to face up to things without the help of modern technology, but also on how and why you should learn some of those important little gems that a young man of years past would almost certainly have known—with some twenty-first-century twists thrown in for good measure.
The skills that will serve you best are universal. First, you must always keep a calm head. Getting into a stew never helped anybody. Secondly, you must prepare yourself as best you can for what lies ahead. That does not mean that you won’t find yourself in a situation somewhere along the line that is wholly unexpected, and that is where your calm head will come in. However, ahead of most expeditions, you can equip yourself for a great number of the eventualities that you might meet.
Naturally, what you should have in your kit will depend very much on the particular circumstances of your trip and the environment in which you will be exploring. There are a few staples that should serve you well almost anywhere though. Chief among these are suitable food and drink supplies, compact enough to fit in your kit bag and full of the energy and nutrients you need. Water or sports drinks will always serve you better than alcohol or sugary pop. A survival bag—a man-sized plastic bag that folds up very small—can be used not only to preserve body heat, but also as the roof of a bivvy and for a variety of other purposes.
A few other tools are of obvious value. For instance: a flashlight, a button compass, a distress whistle, a first-aid kit, and water-purification tablets. A flint-and-steel, matches, and a birthday cake candle will give you the power of fire, while a tampon (yes, you have read correctly) can provide you with a compact supply of tinder. And what of condoms? They are not carried simply in the hope that a chap might get lucky in the woods. A nonlubricated prophylactic will stretch inside a spare sock to make a useful water carrier. It can also keep essential items dry (such as matches) and is elastic enough to be used as the sling in a rudimentary catapult.
Some cord (or twine or string) will come in useful as a means of lashing or for a rudimentary fishing kit, while a stout stick is worth its weight in gold (as is a really decent pocketknife, but take due notice of the law relating to carrying knives). Not only does a stick offer a source of support, but you can use it to check the ground in front of you, clear away undergrowth, reach out to someone in distress, repel a predator, knock wooden stakes into the ground, dispatch a snared rabbit…the list goes on. And never, ever underestimate the value of a sturdy and comfy pair of hiking boots.
You may now begin your education in earnest.
Table of Contents
Skills for the Great Outdoors
How to Make Your Own Compass
How to Read a Compass
How to Navigate with the Sun
How to Navigate with the Stars
How to Find North in the Northern Hemisphere
How to Find South in the Southern Hemisphere
How to Signal You're in Trouble
How to Climb a Tree
How to Stay Safe from Lightning
How Dangerous Is a Strike?
How to Avoid a Lightning Strike
What If There Is No Shelter?
How to Conquer a Can without an Opener
How to Beat a Bottle Top
How to Pick a Lock
In the Woods
How to Build a Temporary Shelter
Choosing Your Location
How to Erect the Bivouac
How to Build an Eco-Friendly Bivvy
How to Build and Light a Campfire
Preparing Your Site
How to Light the Fire
Other Sources of Flame
How to Find Food in the Wild
How to Get Food from Plants
How to Conduct an Edibility Test
How to Snare a Rabbit
Positioning the Snare
Checking the Trap
How to Prepare a Rabbit
How to Tickle a Trout
How to Clean a Fish
How to Cook without Pots
How to Boil Water
How to Fashion a Roasting Stick
How to Build a Spit Roast
How to Bake in a Parcel
How to Build an Earth Oven
In the Desert
How to Cope with Heatstroke
How to Treat a Casualty
How to Find Water in the Desert
How to Survive a Sandstorm
In the Arctic
How to Build a Snow Hole
How to Get Water from Snow and Ice
How to Escape from Ice
Up in the Air
How to Land a Small Aircraft When the Pilot is Incapacitated
How to Survive if Your Parachute Doesn't Open
In the Water
How to Save a Drowning Swimmer
How to Deal with a Capsized Sailboat
How to Make a Raft
How to Cross a Swollen River
How to Escape from Quicksand
Where to Expect Quicksand
What Happens When You Walk on Quicksand?
How to Extricate Yourself
On the Road
How to Escape from a Car in Water
How to Cope with Skidding on Ice
How to Deal with a Stuck Accelerator and Failing Brakes
How to Cope with a Jammed Accelerator
How to Cope with Nonresponsive Brakes
How to Cope with a Tire Blow-Out
How to Escape a Road Ambush
How to Ram a Hostile Vehicle
How to Drive Your Way Out of Trouble
Emergency First Aid
How to Treat Electric Shock
How to Deal with Burns and Scalds
How to Cope with a Broken Limb
How to Tie a Sling
How to Give the Kiss of Life
How to Deal with Choking
How to Deal with Splinters and Blisters
How to Get a Splinter Out
How to Treat Blisters
How to Deal with a Panic Attack
How to Recognize a Panic Attack
How to Cope with Suspected Poisoning
Dealing with Animals
How to Escape from a Bear
How to Fight Off an Alligator
How to Treat a Snakebite
How to Defend Yourself in a Shark Attack
How to Break Up a Dog Fight
How to Deal with an Aggressive Dog
How to Deal with an Angry Bull
How to Fend Off a Leech Attack
How to Treat a Jellyfish Sting
Coping with the Unexpected
How to Escape from a Burning Building
How to Talk Your Way Out of a Fight
How to Fend Off a Frontal Attack
How to Fend Off an Attack from the Rear
Dressing the Part
How to Choose Your Wardrobe
How to Look After Your Shoes
How to Stitch a Hem
How to Sew On a Button
How to Darn a Sock
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