- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Prairie Wolf (January 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967877776
- ISBN-13: 978-0967877778
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 130 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness Paperback – January 1, 1993
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About the Author
John & Geri McPherson are leaders in the field of primitive technology.They are not "arm chair" primitives but daily practitioners.If they are not "doing", they are gathering materials/learning/researching or teaching primitive skills. This is not a "job" to them.....they live it. This vast experience is reflected in their teachings. They are in their fourth year of teaching these same skills to the U.S. Army Special Operations S.E.R.E. Survival Instructors.
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Over all, if you give the techniques shown here a try, you will learn a few things about primitive living yourself. Today I am working on knaping some obsidian with the info in this book.
Don't get me wrong, there is obviously a lot of worthwhile information in here and I plan on supplementing it with my own research . . . but I shouldn't have to. A book titled 'Naked Into The Wilderness' shouldn't require a damned refrigeration unit to use. Also, the pictures are incredibly grainy (yes, considering that it's 2018 I do expect such a popular book to remaster the photos) and they spend too much time on charming little anecdotes which amounts to extra weight in my inch bag.
The book contains 10 well developed chapters that will get you well on your way to being able to "live off the land." The topics covered in this book are as follows: tanning deer skins, making fire, cordage, making a bow and arrows, making traps, meat preservation, primitive cooking methods, field dressing and butchering a deer, container making (baskets and pottery), making tools, and making shelters.
Most of these topics are covered in amazing detail with plenty of photographs. The McPhersons do an excellent job of explaining the topics so that even people with no outdoor experience could perform the task almost immediately. The only exception I found was the chapter on making baskets. Even though I read the chapter several times, I do not feel I could not weave a basket (in all do fairness, it may be easier when I actually attempt the task).
I can not stress enough how easy this book makes a seemingly impossible task for people who lack the basic knowledge of wilderness survival skills. The McPhersons don't just give you the instructions, they also explain the physics or logic behind what they are writing about. I recommend this book to anyone who needs/wants a firm foundation in basic survival skills.