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The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure Paperback – February 20, 2012
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A few of the complaints I've noticed here, and my observations:
1. The book is too large to carry in your backpack.
Yes, it is. I bought the paperback--the binding is excellent for a paperback, but it is still too large for a backpack. But the book never claimed to be a "carry-along," and the scope of the book would be greatly hindered if it were distilled into a pocket guide. I'm using it to learn and practice at home--I don't want to teach myself after the fact.
2. The book is not detailed enough.
Look, it's just not realistic to expect complete depth in all areas. This book gives you the essentials (just as the title says), but it doesn't spend 30 pages on buckskin tanning like Naked Into the Wilderness (great book, by the way). This should be expected. This book deals with the various climates you might normally expect to survive in. Is it a dissertation on Boreal Forest survival? No.
If you're in the market, which is why you might read my ramblings, I urge you to buy this book. It will get you started, it will get you thinking, and it will get you ready. Then, once you know what you're doing and that you want to narrow your focus to the deserts of the southwest, or the northwest rainforest, you can purchase Mors Kochanski's stuff, or John McPherson's stuff, or Ray Mears' stuff.
You can get more of a feel when you preview the book. The "Contents" section will tell you all that is included and if this book is for you. This is an excellent all-around survival guide, and the next step is location specific. Good luck!
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.
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.