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A Handbook for Wilderness Survival Paperback – February 27, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: M. Evans and Company, Inc. (February 27, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871317877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871317872
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,501,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sinbad on November 24, 2010
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I purchased this book a decade ago and to this day it's still with me.

It's of good length, not overly simple or too detailed, covering many basics regarding wilderness survival. Things like basic ourdoor orientation, how to preserve your body heat, how to make fire, basic map and compass reading skills, are covered in this book. Everytime I go on a camping trip, I took it with me.

Now it's a permanent item in my BOB kit.
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After years of bushcraft, hunting, fishing and caving, I'd have to say that this is by far the best survival book in my collection! If you are an avid outdoor adventurer that can read and comprehend well, without a thousand how-to pictures, then this book is a must have. The preface alone is priceless survival knowledge. Not sure why the book description above states that a hiker/trekker wouldn't carry this along.. I personally take it with on every outing and even own a second "uncorrected proof" copy.

I give big thanks to author Bob Harris for this "humanized" manual!
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