Is the rat-race wearing you down? Do you long for the solitude of the Great Outdoors? For those who hear the call of the wild and have the courage to answer, this book is for you. With practical advice on the fundamentals of survival, you'll know exactly what to do from the moment your feet hit the pine needles. Learn how to build a temporary shelter using material from the forest, find drinkable water, and discover tips for making and using fire. Tired of instant soup? Try your hand at foraging for food, fishing and preparing your catch, hunting and tracking, and preserving and storing food. There's even a chapter on finding your way with the help of the stars and other natural indicators of direction if you happen to lose your compass. With this indispensable guide to survival at your side, you'll have no excuse not to heed that distant call.