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How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere [Kindle Edition]

Bradford Angier
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Book Description

HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE WOODS is a practical, readable-and potentially indispensable-manual for anyone venturing into the great outdoors.

Broken down into four essential sections, Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety, this enlightening guide reveals how to catch game without a gun, what plants to eat (full-color illustrations of these make identification simple), how to build a warm shelter, make clothing, protect yourself and signal for help. Detailed illustrations and expanded instructions, newly commissioned for this deluxe edition, offer crucial information at a glance, making How to Stay Alive in the Woods truly a lifesaver.



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Rosehips, rich in vitamin C, will remedy scurvy. Poplar, red cedar, elm, and willow are preferable for friction fires. If stuck on a flat, shelterless desert, dig a shallow pit (east-west) to lie in; even a few feet can result in a 100-degree temperature change. This is the sort of information outdoor enthusiasts will find in Bradford Angier's classic guide to survival in the wilderness. Divided into four parts (sustenance, warmth, orientation, safety), How To Stay Alive in the Woods is packed with woodcraft tips and age-old tricks--and it's packable as well, so don't leave home without it.

About the Author

Bradford Angier (1910 - 1997) was a wilderness survivalist and the author of numerous best-selling books on nature, survival, and living off the land.


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  • File Size: 2871 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; 1 Reprint edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007N4WLE4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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99 of 111 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas, but a bit outdated... March 10, 2002
By steve
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although there is a good deal of information to be gained from this book, some of the information is a tad outdated. I have read through several similar books and in my opinion the US Army Survival manual as well as Wilderness Survival by Gregory Davenport does a much better job in helping a camper/hiker feel comfortable in knowing how to take care of themselves or others should the situation arise.
The initial copyright on the book is 1956; the writing style and information show their age... The discussion of wool being the best bet for cold weather seems a bit outdated. The writing style is unique and not the easiest to read. I wouldn't be comfortable if the only survival information I had were Angiers instructions and illustrations. I found that many of the other "survival" books do a much better job in explaining how to do a given task with step by step information. The illustrations leave much to be desired as I couldn't tell most of the edible plant illustrations from the poisonous ones, and I doubt I could match an illustration to an actual plant if my life depended on it...
In my opinion your best bet would be the two other books I mentioned before you considered this one...
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone planning an extended stay in the woods December 8, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Angier's book, How to Stay Alive in the Woods, is a must for all outdoor people. It describes, in detail, how to overcome almost any backwoods disaster. Those who like to take overnight hikes into wilderness areas should be prepared for anything, and this book does just that; it prepares you for everything. I have spent numerous weeks at a time trekking through Alaska, Northern Canada, and the Rockies and have read many books. This is the best wilderness survival book out there.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book February 28, 2004
By Cacman
Format:Paperback
I have never had to use any of the information contained in this book in a susrvival situation but as a kid I did use the information about trapping and snares to catch rabbits in Alaska as a kid (I'm using the third printing 1966 version.) I also built snow shelters to play in. Everything I tried from this book worked.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How to Stay Alive in the Woods February 15, 2000
Format:Paperback
Having read an earlier book by Mr. Angier many years ago I looked forward to a revised and updated version of the tips offered decades ago. Unfortunately I was dissapointed. While many things have not changed in the wilderness, clothing, emergency suplies, and first aid techniques certainly have. Saying that only wool is good enough to keep one warm and to advocate the outdated use of snake bite kits and iodine are examples. I suggest that today's survivalist look for a more modern guide.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, except the pictures January 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is primarily focused on survival in the northwestern United States and Canada. The pictures leave something to be desired, but Angier's descriptions are excellent. The book a bit dated, but for theoose looking to go back to simpler times, the lack of GPS systems and Gore-Tex may be just the thing.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tips for Survival February 20, 2003
Format:Hardcover
You are stranded in the woods, alone and scared. Bradford Angier's "How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere" very well may save your life. Throughout the book, Angier gives important information which is also quite interesting. He covers main topics which are the focal point if each chapter. Most ideas and tactics are generally understandable, although the illustrations are downright ridiculous at times. The moments that leave you thinking "that was a brilliant idea" are often interrupted with common sense tips that make you wonder what age group the book is intended for. Detailed explanations of practical knowledge draw attention from several parts of the book, which results in numerous low points. In conclusion, this book makes for a decent read, but lacks the qualities which would make it a book that you would like to own.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book January 9, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. Yes, it is a little outdated, but the ideas are just as valid today. This is written by a writer who lived off the land and knew exactly how to survive in situations that others would give up on. The fact that this was written before the GPS came around doesn't make it any less valuable a resource.

How on earth do you start a fire with only a piece of ice? Read the book! (And yes, I really don't think I could start such a fire even with the book in front of me, but it's nice to know that it is possible...)

How do you create a fish trap out of sticks? How do you create a snare? How do you find civilization if you are lost? How do you find water? What type of things do you need to bring with you on camping trips? What is safe to eat, and what is not? These types of things are all answered inside.

I've read it cover to cover several times and I believe it is the perfect type of book to give to an outdoorsman or to keep down at a cabin for a little light winter reading...

Highly Recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, great, great! April 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Not only does this book give you the confidence to set off on your own, but it is immensely pleasureable to read. I would agree the plant pictures are a little vague, but that can be supplemented. The Bible of survival!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for novice and experienced
This book is great for the novice and good memory jogger for the experienced. This book should be in every wilderness camp. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book and good price
Published 8 days ago by J. R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, great condition!
Published 19 days ago by Joe A.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can only afford one survival book, buy this one.
The basics, very well done. Binding is super strong and pages are heavy and appropriate for uncivilized places that you might find yourself in. Read more
Published 28 days ago by M. Reith
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Standard
Before Cody Lundin, before Les Stroud, before Bear Grylls, there was the old school survival experts with the real world knowledge and backwoods experience. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aradan
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Information
I have a number of survival books that I refer to as I do different things in the woods and mountains. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alfred D. Bolden
5.0 out of 5 stars A Woodsy Classic
HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE WOODS was very popular in my boyhood, and though now some of the lore is perhaps dated and more of it is anathema to the rattlesnake-huggers singing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Mack Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars the book seems to assume, you know basic techniques
I bought this at a request of a friend for them. They were confused that it already assumed you had many survival skills in trapping etc
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for a future mountain man
My 10 year old son has decided that he is going to be a mountain man (yes from the tv show) when he grows up. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Provo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, maybe a little outdated
This was a good read, and I was happy I picked it up. For the most part, I imagine the vast majority of wilderness survival skills don't change over time, so the age of the book... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J.
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Bradford Angier (1910 - 1997) was a wilderness survivalist and the author of numerous best-selling books on nature, survival, and living off the land.



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