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SAS Survival Guide 2E (Collins Gem): For any climate, for any situation Paperback – January 26, 2010
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Includes new case studies and survival scenarios
The experts' survival techniques, based on John 'Lofty' Wiseman's 26 years in the SAS
Practical, easy-to-follow advice with diagrams and color illustrations
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Wiseman's SAS Survival handbook is an excellent companion for hikers, campers and into-the-wilderness junkies. This book is extremely well written with easy to understand illustrations and excellent organization. There are color plates for easy identification of plants and animals to eat/avoid/use-as-medicine. This book has it all, or at least all I can think of. There are sections on camping, hiking, supplies, compass skills, shelter making, first aid, transport, catching and preparing animals and locating local edible foods, tool making, fishing, hunting, knot tying, general survival in different climates and environments and more.
The best part of this book is by far its terrific approachability. It is written for the layman and is very easy to understand. Either as an outdoor accomplice or a handy at home preparedness guide, this is a book to get and know.
The book covers all you'd ever want to know about the essentials of surviving in climates such as: the polar region, mountains, seashores, islands, tropical regions, or even at sea. Here's few of the many topics the book covers:
-food, what you can and can't eat
-animal tracking with numerous pics
-color pics of edible plants
-pictures of traps and how to trap things
-how to handle animals you've killed for food
-how to make a camp and various shelters
-knot tying pics
-color pics of medicinal plants
-picures of dangerous/poisonous critters
-things to have in a survival kit
A very handy resource for anybody who enjoys outdoor/wilderness activities, it's just a darn good thing to have around in case of emergencies- or even just to look at the pictures! Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff if you have a shoulder problem that is interfering with your outdoor activities.
The author is an authority on survival, being the former survival instructor or the British SAS special forces troops, which operate around the world, from arctic to desert zones, and from big cities to remote jungles. Tone is very down-to-earth, and straight to the point. The book is easy to read and understand and does not assume or need any prior knowledge of military and survival techniques (which is the author's background). I am a former search-and-rescue team member and trained wilderness first-aid responder, and I find the information in this book first rate.
The content is very densely concentrated, so reading it once will not make you an expert. To make the best of this book, you need to practice some of the survival techniques. The best way is probably to go camping and backpacking, but you can try a lot of them in your own backyard.
The book overemphasizes outdoors survival (what plants to eat, how to fish and catch animals), which is due to the author's background as a special forces soldier. For more on urban disaster preparedness, read Cody Lundin's book "When All Hell Breaks Loose". Unlike Cody Lundin and many American survival books, the SAS Guide is refreshingly free of political statements and sticks strictly to the topic of survival :) The SAS Guide is about surviving a relatively localized and temporary emergency (measured in days, not years), and assumes you will eventually be helped, rescued or return to civilization.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just received it and quick flipped through it. Lots and lots of good info. Gonna try some of the cool stuff it has in it just for practicePublished 5 days ago by Josh
This is really good, but very small print. I put a business card size Fresnel lens in it to help with reading and for fire starting.Published 6 days ago by DrEddie
If you are serious about being prepared, then you should have one for every member of your family! I purchased several of these and placed the in each of my family members'... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tier 1
Does it say tiny book? Cause it is. Great for a backpack, just remember to pack reading glasses!!Published 9 days ago by P. J. Thornton
A lot of great information, in a nice convenient small package great for back packing, long road trips, or impressing your wife with tons of survival knowledge.Published 10 days ago by Eric
I ordered this SAS Survival Guide, because my brother told me this was one of the best ones to get. He has one for is backpack. I ordered mine and my fiancee's for our go bags. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Angel
I am a dedicated camper and hiker. I also go on extended hunting trips that puts me in the deep woods in winter conditions. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Robert B. Thomas