- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: DK; 2 edition (February 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756690382
- ISBN-13: 978-0756690380
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 123 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
I got the little dude this book when he was 4 after researching survival guides. I've purchased myself a copy as well and my boyfriend and I have found the information to be accurate and extremely thorough. The pictures are far better than ones in other books I've found, which is always appreciated. My nephew's had my sister read him a section every night since he received this book and the little guy lugs the thing around in his backpack everywhere he goes. Unfortunately, this book doesn't seem to be printed in hardback anymore, but I guess that issue was a bit impractical for people chilling outside of urban settings, so I can't blame the publishers on that. I just hope my buddy and his step-siblings' paperback copies they received for Christmas this year will hold up as long as the hardback edition did.
You can always learn more. I first saw this book as a hard cover in a Barnes and Noble Book Store. I liked it immediately because it has a no nonsense, simple approach. In a survival situation, the last thing you need to be is complicated. I saw it online in soft cover and purchased it. Don't think that the soft cover is any less in quality. The pictures are the same, as is the info. There are no short cuts that cheapen this book. It is excellent. Yes, it may be too big to carry around. So, set up a day of two each week and teach yourself the book as if you were in class. The knowledge weighs a lot less when in your head!