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About the Author

Tim MacWelch, founder and head instructor of Advanced Survival Training, has had a love of the outdoors from a young age, growing up on a farm in the rolling hills of Virginia. Eating wild berries, fishing for trout and learning about the animals of the forest were an everyday part of his country life. Tim has been an active practitioner of survival and outdoor skills for over twenty-four years; and he has been actively teaching survival skills for the past 16 years. Tim and his wilderness school have been on Good Morning America and National Geographic, and featured in several publications including Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and the Washington Post newspaper. Tim has written articles for Outdoor Life magazine, The Virginia Sportsman newspaper, and for several blogs and online survival sites. At the beginning of 2011, Tim became the head contributor for the Outdoor Life Survival website, and providing them with 3 articles per week, every week.

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TIP 111: BUILD A SOLAR STILL
 
The solar still is a simple invention that collects water and distills through a greenhouse effect. It’s not perfect, nor does it collect massive quantities of water, but it does provide fresh water in arid climates and it can effectively desalinate saltwater.
In the original method developed in the 1970s, a square of clear or milky plastic is draped over a pit with a clean cup in the bottom. The plastic at the edge of the pit is sealed with a rim of dirt or stones to keep any of the steam from escaping. The plastic sheet is weighed down in the middle with a small rock, pushed down to shape the plastic into a cone shape. The sun will create a steamy environment under the plastic, and the steam will condense on the underside, running down into the cup below. Each site works for days, and you may get a up to a liter of water per still per day.
 
STEP 1 Set up the still in a sunny area with the dampest dirt or sand available.
 
STEP 2 Make certain that the point of the cone of plastic is directly over the container inside the still.
 
STEP 3 Add vegetation inside to increase production.
 
STEP 4 Urine can be recycled by peeing down a hole dug next to the still so the liquid can soak through the ground and vaporize into the still.
 
STEP 5 A rubber, plastic, or vinyl drinking tube can be placed in the cup and lead outside the still. This way, water can be sipped as it collects without having to take the whole still apart to get the water out.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616286733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616286736
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a little embarrassed about how many survival books I own. I am a rare creature in that I am a liberal democrat gun owner and prepper. I have to say that this book is above average. I found it on sale at a big buyers club for bulk purchases and it was slightly cheaper than here on big A. I buy almost all my books and many other things at Amazon so it was rare to look it up to review and see it cheaper. Anyway, the book covers lots of areas of preparedness and has great detailed pictures and directions. I would say that this is a great buy for the novice or mid grade survivalist. It is not on par with, say, the SAS Survival Guide but has some greater pictures and step by step directions than many of the more advanced books I own. Happy reading and Be Prepared.
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I have attended Tim's classes. He and his staff are fantastic primitive/wilderness survival instructors. This book is a super adjunct for those who have taken his classes, as well as being an outstanding "how to" for those who cannot attend. Tim's approach to explaining the techniques and strategies is simple and straight-forward, and doesn't contain all the "I'm a bug-eating bad-ass" attitude that permeates the works of other authors. He's a "regular guy" in person, and this comes through in his writing. But make no mistake: Tim is a subject matter expert and recognized authority regarding primitive/wilderness survival.
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I have been reading survival since the mid 80's and they all basically fall in the same line of thought. This book was a breath of fresh air for me. I have really had a mind change about how I view and approach survival at this period in my life after reading this book. Tim comes with an easy to read, captivating and basic approach to the prepping\survival. Many of us view survival in a PAW (POST APOCOLYPTIC WORLD) as we will live off the land in the wilderness, survival will be in the wilderness. While this may be nice to think many of us will hunker down in the house and our natural disaster will be our most likely survival situation.
Tim takes us into the world of the probable, of the non-zombie related or an alien take over. I loved the common sense approach, the ease of many of the solutions he presents. This is a multidimensional approach of how to survive this world. I think it is very probable and rooted in a possibility of happening. I still enjoy my fantasy of living through a zombie apocalypse and crushing many zombie brains Tim has managed to bring me to the reality and start adding things to my survival tool kit that can make my life much easier.
I also attended Tim’s primitive skills class here in Va and he is a great writer as well as instructor. I encourage all of you to purchase this book and see how this will help change your mind set of what survival is and how to survive after this world goes to hell or the latest natural disaster strikes…. you will be much more prepared.
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Great information to prepare you for many situations that we may be faced with. Well worth buying and reading. Keep it handy to use when needed. We WILL need to use some of this information. Be prepared.
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I've got a lot of "prep"books, but this one is just downright fun to read, and he has some ideas I've not seen elsewhere. Also, he gives several ways to accomplish your task or skill--not just one. Example: making waterproof matches...of course you can buy them, but making them is simple and MUCH cheaperj, and he outlines 3 ways to do it. If you wanted to give a gift of a prepper book, this would be a good choice, because the book itself is "armored"...the picture doesn't do it justice. It takes "paperback" to a whole new level. Whether this is your first prep book or your twentieth, you won't be disappointed.
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The only reason I only gave 4 out of 5 is that it is very basic. Not a lot of detail, but it does cover a wide range of topics in one book. Worth the cost.
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For beginners and certified. I learned a few things from this book that have never been covered elsewhere. Well worth the money. By the way, I've been doing this for over 50 years. I even invested in another of the series.
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This book covers everything. Very well written. Hope we never have to use a lot of this info but it is better to be prepared for anything than not. Great gift for relatives.
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