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Wilderness Survival: 1st Edition Paperback – April 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1st edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811729850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811729857
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Greg Davenport, a former USAF Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Specialist, is considered one of the best survival experts in the world. For over 30 years, he has had students from around the world, with a myriad of backgrounds, follow him into the mountains and deserts to learn both basic and advanced wilderness skills. Davenport is a well known motivational speaker addressing survival related skills such as stress abatement, leadership, and teamwork. In addition, he has consulted or appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, FOX, MSNBC, CNN, HNN OLN, and many others in his role as a survival expert.
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Davenport has a Doctor of Health Science degree with an emphasis in Leadership and Organizational Behavior and a Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies focused on Wilderness and Emergency Medicine. He is a proud husband and father of seven adorable children ranging in age from 30 to 4.

Customer Reviews

Good information to know.
Kansas John
Davenport's book teaches you how to think through a survival situation and promotes the art of improvising when things go wrong.
Backpacker
This book is great for anyone who likes camping and the outdoors.
C. Kuhn

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127 of 133 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Greg Davenport's simple approach to Wilderness Survival is the key to this user friendly educational text.
Greg posts on several of the wilderness survival forums. Through his book and posts I have come to understand his unique approach to wilderness survival. He believes that it is based on ones ability to do three things:
1. Stop and recognize the situation for what it is.
2. Identify your "five survival essentials" and prioritize them, in order of importance, for the environment that you are in.
3. Improvise to meet your needs using both your manmade and natural resources.

His book covers this process. It explains in step by step format how to meet your "five survival essentials" in every global environment. Davenport believes that these essentials are constant and the only thing that changes (from one climate to another) is the order and method in which they are met. These "five survival essentials" are:
1. Personal Protection (clothing, shelter, fire)
2. Signaling (manmade and improvised)
3. Sustenance (water and food ID, procurement, and preparation)
4. Travel (with and without a map and compass)
5. Health (psychological stress, traumatic and environmental injuries).

Davenport covers this information and more in his book (preview the table of contents). If you travel outdoors and are interested in learning about wilderness survival buy this book! You will not be disappointed.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on October 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Wilderness survival and wilderness living are not the same thing!!!
Like the previous reviewers - I have read most of the survival books on the market and I agree that this is hands down the best one out there. It covers all aspects of survival:
1. personal protection (clothing, shelter, fire)
2. signaling
3. sustenance (water and food)
4. travel (using a map and compass)
5. health (psychological stress, traumatic and environmental injuries)
I agree with a previous post -- its navigation chapter is the best I have seen and has really helped me master this skill. In addition, Greg Davenport's medical experience is apparent - his health section is by far the best I have seen in a book related to wilderness survival...
In a time when most survival books are actually about living in the wilderness ... it is good to find a book that focused on teaching the skills needed for those who play and work in the wilderness... I look forward to reading Mr. Davenport's newest book -- Wilderness Living -- which does focus on wilderness living skills.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a no nonsense book on adapting and surviving in the wilderness. A former Air Force SERE instructor, Davenport breaks survival down to its basic essentials (personal protection, sustenance, signaling, travel, and health), teaching the reader to evaluate his/her situation, prioritize needs, and take life-saving action. Many survival books are just a catalog of exotic skills, poorly illustrated, and giving the reader no clear idea of how or when to employ them. I liked this book because it follows the KISS approach--surviving is 90% common sense. The other 10 is the ability to apply basic skills, which the book clearly details. If I were going to carry one survival manual with me into the bush, it would be this one.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
I?ve lived in various parts of the world, and have always chosen to spend as much time as possible, as far from my fellow man as I could. I?ve spent more than twenty years as a wildlife photographer and artist. I?ve captured images of the world?s rarest and most dangerous game on every continent. My assignments have taken me Pole to Pole, and all points in between. The risk of finding myself alone and in trouble in the wilderness has always been a very real possibility and has come to light several times so far in my career. I hesitantly anticipate more of these possibilities in the future. On a side bar, the rumors of having heightened senses after such an encounter are very accurate.
To my review. I was intrigued about this book because of the background of the author. Knowing that the military spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on training their pilots and other airmen, I could only imagine how much time and money they must?ve spent on training their instructors whose job it was to keep these men alive. If an airman were to find himself stranded in the wilderness, for whatever reason there might be, he would need to know the essentials of survival for many different climates and geographic locales. That is where this book excells. It gives the reader an intelligently structured set of instructions that offer anyone the best odds of survival in nearly every circumstance.
I have read every book on the subject of wilderness survival and there are many fine ones in print. This book by Davenport seems to bring them all together. It is concise, very well written, very informative, and most importantly it is organized better than any other wilderness skills book I have read. It serves as the new center piece in my library on the subject.
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