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The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure Paperback – February 20, 2012
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Colin Towell joined the Royal Navy in 1977 and later qualified as a Combat Survival Instructor with 22 Regiment SAS. He has taught survival skills to the UK and USA Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force, has served as the Royal Navy’s Chief Survival Instructor, and was Chief Instructor at the US Navy SERE School for three years. He is the author of Essential Survival Skills and The Survival Handbook.DK Publishing was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world's leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House, formed on July 1, 2013. DK publishes highly visual, photographic nonfiction for adults and children, and produces content for consumers in more than 87 countries and 62 languages, with offices in Delhi, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, and Toronto. DK's aim is to inform, enrich, and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivaled clarity to a wide range of topics with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. It has a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products. DK's adult range spans travel—including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides—history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery, and parenting. DK's extensive children's list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers, and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the bestselling LEGObooks. DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series and Prima Games, video gaming publishers, as well as the award-winning travel publisher Rough Guides.
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I love to hike and spend time in the outdoors so this book is potentially lifesaving if I ever have to put the knowledge to use. Please note: this book is pretty big and heavy. It is not a book you want to pack away with your survival supplies!!!! I recommend taking it along to practice some of the skills on your next outing, but it is literally impossible to totally absorb all of this information unless you have years of field experience and training. That kind of exposure comes with time.
Remember one important acronym if you don't care away anything else. "Please remember what's first." Or quite simply PRWF. Protection (appropriate clothing, fire, and shelter), Rescue (signalling and navigation), Water, and then Food in order of importance. Make a plan before you venture into the wilderness. Always tell somebody where you are going, make/model and license plate of the vehicle, what you are wearing, when you expect to arrive, and when they will hear from you. If an emergency happens and they don't hear from you they will contact authorities to assemble a search party. Stay with your vehicle if possible because that is the first place searchers will look. Start getting your signal devices ready (signal mirror, whistle, smoke bomb, bright clothing) because you might only have a chance at rescue once.
In our opinion the book strikes a great balance between the information that you need and showing what it means and how to do it. The book is laid out logically and the illustrations are plentiful and concise. Measuring 7½ x 1 x 10 inches and weighing ~2 pounds this 320 page book the book is probably too big to take in your backpack – but is certainly the right size to put in your car or to study at home before you hit the trails.
The book has sections on:
Before You Go
On The Trail
Water and Food
In An Emergency
Appendices on Wild Food and Natural Dangers
We really like all the detailed illustrations in this book. They are what set it apart from so many other books on the market.
Great book for anyone wanting to expand his or her knowledge of the TRUE OUTDOOR SURVIVALIST.The book has tons of USEFUL images and facts, ideas on water collecting,food gathering,fire starting,and detailed images on Shelter building and setting up traps for food. I gave the book only 4 stars due to one simple fact. ITS HARD BACK. I got two copies of the book myself. I went through one book and removed the hard covering and removed certain pages from it like desert survival and other topics that are not in my realm of travel. The other copy sits upon my book shelf which I still pick up often. The book also covers Survival on just about every type of Earths surface, from deserts,the arctic,to the jungles to your own back yard.I love the details on putting together your own little survival kits and how to pack your gear. Great section of foods to eat and other ways to keep your energy levels in check.