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Wilderness Survival Handbook: Primitive Skills for Short-Term Survival and Long-Term Comfort [Kindle Edition]

Michael Pewtherer
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Book Description

An essential guide to everything you need to stay sheltered, fed, healthy, and safe in the backcountry

Organized around the six essentials of survival (shelter, water, food, fire, comfort and health, and navigation), Wilderness Survival Handbook covers 100 skills and techniques, including preserving fire, building pit shelters, toolmaking, stoneboiling cookery, and trapping and hunting animals with handmade tools and weapons. By mastering these skills, you will be able to survive with few tools or provisions in any wilderness setting--forest, plain, desert, or tundra--in nearly any part of the world.

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About the Author

Mike Pewtherer, founder of Woodland Ways, a company teaching wilderness survival and living skills to youth and adults, has been practicing and teaching wilderness living and survival skills for over 20 years. He is coauthor of Wilderness Survival: Living Off the Land with the Clothes on Your Back and the Knife on Your Belt and has taught in venues ranging from private high schools to conferences. Mike also teaches blacksmithing, tracking, woodwork, and ceramics. He has traveled widely and studied with native tribes in North America, Fiji, and Australia, and has acquired and practiced survival skills in military settings as a combat engineer, in Australia's Outback, and with various wilderness instructors across North America. He has also worked with the National Parks Service on the Wilderness Rescue Squad in numerous back-country settings, assisted on black bear studies, and worked as a hunter of feral hogs in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4590 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (April 9, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WJR5YU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for a beginner September 8, 2010
I have several wilderness survival books and am constantly in search of ones that will further my knowledge. I went to this book hoping it would take things to the next level. Pewtherer has written a very good beginner's book, starting with a section on "Seven Day Survival" which gives you priorities and guidance for immediate needs for short-term survival. He soon moves on to shelter-building, fire-building, weapon-building, traps, skinning deer, and even takes it to the point of creating tools, pottery, and utensils for long-term survival situations.

While I did learn a few new things (the weapon building section was especially interesting), most of this was just a restatement of things you find in most other survival books. I have to give the author credit for really going into detail in this stuff though. If you are just getting started in camping or wilderness survival, then this book is an excellent reference and probably one of the better ones to teach you the foundational skills you'll need to build confidence.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinfle edition - Missing pages February 20, 2011
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I am 17% into the book and really enjoy the content, except that I have already encountered at least three sections where pages are missing. If you want to "whole story", buy the paper version.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 3, 2011
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This book is very informative in survival skills that anyone can use in a tough spot. I look forward to sharing some ideas with our scout troop.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Same, Yet Not the Same. It's in the details.... November 4, 2010
Disclaimer: Mike Pewtherer worked for me for seven years while learning wilderness skills and teaching as an instructor at my camp, Hawk Circle. He is a good friend and I have known him since 1989 or earlier.

Okay that is out of the way.

It is hard to write a wilderness survival book that is useful and new. The subject is immensely broad and detailed, and many of the subjects have been done already very well, so much can seem like a repeat of previous books. However, Mike has done a good job here and provided a perspective that is needed in the field, as well as adding to the overall body of knowledge. His stories are strong and helpful, adding insight and a sense of humor and humanity that is sometimes lacking in other guides.

We use many field guides for our students, camps and classes and this is one I am glad to have in our reference library, and it is already dogeared from just a few weeks of use.

Just about any chapter topic could be a whole book, but Mike has provided some good info that will help both the novice and the more seasoned wilderness person...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars useful March 19, 2013
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The "helps" in the book are NOT long-winded, but are short and to the point.
There is enough information along with the drawings to be able to try out the advice given in the book.
ONE THING IS VERY IMPORTANT. DO NOT take this book out on a trip and expect to be able to do everything in it without trying it out first. [This is advice I would give with ANY book about survival.]
You need to try out these suggestions and techniques first in "your back yard." In the wilderness when an emergency is upon you is NOT the time to try out something new.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brick in the wall January 20, 2013
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You know, I've read so many news articles of people stranded in hostile environments here in the U.S. where some or all die because they were unprepared mentally and physically (equipment wise). You can't rely on 911 to get you out of every situation. This handbook is an excellent start for preparing yourself for survival. It's well written with a little light humor and personal anecdotes, well researched, and does not claim to be the one and only book you need. The author even encourages readers to read other sources and gather as much information as possible because chances are information may be the only tool available when the hammer drops and you're stuck in a survival situation. Ya just don't know. So read this book and as many others as you consider worthwhile and don't complain because it doesn't do your thinking for you. Read up, practice the skills before you need them and best of all, live to tell the tale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survey of Survival Skills April 1, 2012
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This book provided a good survey of survival skills for both short term and long term survival. It was not wordy, but was in-depth enough to provide a good foundation of knowledge in survivalism. The tone of the book was not superior as I've found with other authors on this topic. It includes pictures that are helpful in explaining the descriptions of certain items.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book but too BIG to take with you June 22, 2011
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Good buck with good basic illustrations but definitely too big to take backpacking with you. I was looking for a pocket size book with survival basics that I could take with me and read at night in my tent. But I'm still happy with it because it's a little more in depth and covers more that what could fit in a small book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to read, great tips and instruction
Published 2 days ago by Meg C
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
AWESOME BOOK, Fast delivery too!
Published 2 months ago by carla wehe
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide - If You're Wondering How To Build a Kiln or Skin a Deer
Got this on sale as I was headed to a camping trip with friends. There's some good tips in here, but it's mostly directed towards folks who don't mind sleeping in a pile of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Trish
4.0 out of 5 stars great, now just have to rember it..
take my kindle camping with me and this has some cool ideas.. some even if you just have yourself and no extra gear.. how to make something out of just the woods is what I wanted.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kilu
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable information
This book was very informative. It is a good addition to any outdoor enthusiast's library.
Published 9 months ago by L. Woodrow Ross, freelance writer/photographer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just an overview but it seems to hit all of the highlights
Published 10 months ago by T. Williams
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Published 10 months ago by epgssg
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information free of bad attitude
Enjoyable advice and instructions wrapped in interesting stories. Don't get lost in the wild until you've read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Survival!
If you ever need to survive in the wilderness or make it through a natural or manmade emergency, here's the almost definitive guidebook. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book on an important topic
A very thorough presentation. The author seems very knowledgeable on his subject.
Published 10 months ago by Bill B
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