From Library Journal
"Nature is never hostile, only indifferent," Harris, past director of the Oregon Wildlife Federation, writes. "You will not ... suffer undue hardship unless you are both careless and stupid." With those maxims, Harris lays out the basics for surviving in the wild, beginning with a list of contents for a very complete emergency survival kit. He moves on to direction finding and map use; avoiding hypothermia; finding the right clothing; shelters; fire making; water; food from land animals, plants, and fish; learning to improvise; and "getting out." A wilderness traveler wouldn't take this book on a trip, but the knowledge gained from reading it first would be valuable (though an index would have been useful). While much of this information is covered in fundamental sources such as Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills (LJ 1/92) or almost any basic backpacking or backcountry skiing book such as Lito Tejada-Flores's Backcountry Skiing: A Handbook (LJ 11/1/81), this book is recommended for public libraries as a good addition to the literature.Thomas K. Fry, Penrose Lib., Univ. of Denver
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