Survival Basics I & II, The Adventure
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Don't get caught in the wilderness without the knowledge needed to survive. In this double feature DVD, Dr. Ron Hood shares his experiences and teaches you the critical survival techniques every outdoorsman needs to know. Build a fire without a match, defeat the five deadly heat loss mechanisms, what to eat and much more.Duration: 134 Minutes
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With that in mind, I think anyone will come away with at least one useful bit of information from this DVD.
On the flip side, in my opinion, calling this video survival basics is misleading. This video is geared more towards synthetic survival skills rather than pure survival skills.
What I mean by that is most of what is covered involves having some item that comes off your local hardware or tackle shops shelf. Fish hooks, steel wool, flashlight, paracord, etc...Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying that these principals do not work. Knowing them may indeed save a persons life...literally.
However, if you want to learn the 'real' basics of wilderness survival, I recommend researching other material. One for example would be Tom Brown Jr.'s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival as well as some of his other field guides to expand on what you learn in the first one. The meat and potatos of that book is to teach you to survive with nothing. Not a knife, not a piece of string, not a fish hook, not even the very clothes on your back. That is the true basics of survival.
Even better take one his classes, or anyones for that matter, that can teach you the fundamentals of wilderness survival with only what you find out in the wilderness.
If you are interested in learning as many survival methods as you can, and you should, by all means check out this DVD. But if you are just starting on the path to learning wilderness survival make sure you learn to survive with nothing. If Mr. Murphy has any say so...and he usually does...you may end up stranded in the woods without your survival pack. And then you may be in a world of hurt.
When you can survive with nothing...you will have everything. And if you find yourself in a survival situation and you have any of the items demostrated in this DVD, your task at survival will be all the easier.
Their instructional style is friendly, funny and compelling. You will find yourself wanting to get out into the woods more * more as you watch. I find this refreshing in a subject matter which is USUALLY as dry as dirt with dull regurgitation of the same old military cliches. Instead, Ron & Karen teach FIRST CLASS wilderness skills which are entirely usable and enjoyable to watch over & over again. Their video skills are so good infact that this year they won 1st and 2nd prize at the 2001 Telly Awards for their Jungle Skills and primitive forgeing/knife & tool making videos.
Do yourself a favor, if you want to know more about living in the outdoors from people who do it as a lifestyle and are good at teaching YOU - buy this series of tapes. One warning though: Ron & Karen's tape ARE addictive, and soon you'll want the entire set from their website.