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- Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Reprint edition (June 23, 2003)
- Publication Date: May 29, 2020
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About the Author
Russ Miller is an internationally syndicated artist and writer of Russ Miller’s Oddly Enough. He also writes and illustrates a weekly editorial newspaper column called “Miller’s Musings.”--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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As the title suggests, Lundin focuses on the issue of maintaining the body’s core temperature as the key to short-term survival, and special attention is given to the subjects of hypo- and hyperthermia. Besides dressing appropriately, maintaining core temperature involves requirements such as hydration that may not seem relevant at first blush. The heart of the message is that one has to plan for the worst even on apparently mundane treks or drives into the backwoods. Lundin hammers home the importance of letting others know where one is going and by when one will return. However, the bulk of the space is devoted to suggestions about what to pack in your survival kit.
Lundin takes a light-hearted tone while talking about the dire nature of survival in the wild. Many of the graphics are quirky, caricaturesque line drawings (there are also photos--mostly towards the rear of the book in the discussion of gear and kits.) His writing style is conversational—which is to say that he writes like he talks. While this may induce rage in English teachers, I find it’s only problematic if it leads to misunderstandings. (i.e. In conversation there are fewer opportunities for misunderstanding because there is non-verbal communication and the potential for feedback.) Having said that, I can’t recall any cases in which meaning was unclear, so either Lundin is conscientious about this issue, or his editor did a good job of maintaining his style without losing clarity. The conversational tone involves a lot of analogies and metaphors that are sometimes humorous but sometimes over-the-top.
Lundin’s advice runs toward the pragmatic and the frugal. Survival gadgetry and gear is a huge industry, and Lundin’s guide helps a budget-weary amateur outdoorsman know where it’s worth spending a little extra and where it’s likely to be a waste of money. (In some cases, spending more money will leave one worse off in more areas than the pocket-book.)
Despite his folksy tone, it’s clear that Lundin is no stranger to science. One thing that one will get in his guide that’s uncommon in others is scientific explanations--in lay terms--of why some methods or equipment will or won’t work. This ranges from the physics of space blankets to the psychology of fear to the chemistry of nutrition.
Another strength of this guide is that it gives due attention to the crucial nature of the mind in survival. There are a few early chapters devoted to this. Many guides might give a paragraph to the subject before plowing into survival methods. The problem is that some people may die overwhelmed and unable to keep all that knowledge straight. Tips about keeping one’s head seem worth the space.
In addition to the use of humor and anecdotes, there is a clear attempt to make the information memorable. Lundin uses mnemonic devices to help people ingrain information, and frequently recaps important points. He also has a “Cliff Notes” version at the back of the book that condenses his message down into a few pages.
If you like to spend time outdoors, I’d recommend you pick up this book. Of course, reading a book is not going to keep you alive, you have to practice with the gear you assemble, but the book is an important first step.
living in the Desert and attending school. I was intrigued because of my own association with Tom Brown.
Some years later, I was considering doing a Masters at Prescott myself. But my interests had always remained
wilderness survival. In an Interview with some Admissions Counselor, we went round-and-round. Apparently,
she was unable to grasp that my interest was applying wilderness survival into a Masters Program even though -
at the time - Prescott advocated a self-directed approach to Graduate Education. Trouble was this was all talk.
I was re directed into a more status quo outcome and told Cody was not on the graduate faculty and so just forget
my plans of working with him. Well, that did not go over too well so I went to grad school elsewhere.
Fast forward present day. I got to watching Cody's show Dual Survival and loved it. This led me to his two great books.
Needless to say, Cody covers exquisitely everything one will encounter in wild places with astonishing depth
on everything from physiology, to what to expect, and prepare for.
This is a great book. And Cody is one of the rare few in this world of equivocation and double-speak worth
listening to. The book is well written and embraces a philosophy of the Free Spirit in its utter fullness! Those who understand and know what I speak will flock to the philosophy Cody presents.
Top international reviews
It's a great book, buy it and enjoy
OK, since it's Cody's book I gotta admit it's really hard to read this book and some of the tips he's giving while you keep seeing this barefoot guy in Dual Survival walking in deep snow in socks only,
It went into so much detail + also had a funny side to it!
He said it will come in very handy & allow hime to keep a check on his body.
it describes not only techniques and tools and kit but also about the state of mind you need to be in to survive and survivie with your family, friends etc.
its not an sas survival book but a very down to earth, advice and guidance book with a lot of humour.
a refreshing read after other survival books!