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Wilderness Survival Handbook: Primitive Skills for Short-Term Survival and Long-Term Comfort Paperback – April 9, 2010
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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.
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.
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...
I'd recommend this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book as a gift for my 12 year old son who is interested in outdoor and survival skills. It covers all the basics in a straighforward and engaging manner. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Karen
Nice read - seems pretty straight forward and common sensible.Published 8 months ago by T. Mullally
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Trish
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Kilu