- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: OutdoorSafe Press; Ist edition (March 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977645908
- ISBN-13: 978-0977645909
- Package Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Surviving a Wilderness Emergency Paperback – March 31, 2006
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Peter's emphasis on practical survival skills and his clear writing style make this an excellent introduction to survival. Peter covers all the essential skills and offers sound and practical advice, as well as well-founded recommendations for survival gear that fall in line with my own for the most part. He doesn't shun the latest technology that offers advantages for the survivor, but doesn't ignore tried and trued either when they are better choices. --Doug Ritter - Equipped to Survive
About the Author
Peter Kummerfeldt grew up in Kenya, East Africa and came to the US in 1965 where he joined the US Air Force. He is a graduate of the Air Force Survival Instructor Training School and served as an instructor at the Basic Survival School, the Arctic Survival School and the Jungle Survival School. He also served for twelve years as the Survival Training Director at the US Air Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado
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"The purpose of this manual is to:
*heighten the reader's awareness of potentially life-threatening hazards and thereby reduce the number of injuries and fatalities occurring in the backcountry
*motivate the readers to better clothe and equip themselves so that, when confronted with a night out, the situation does not become life threatening--just inconvenient
*teach the readers practical survival skills, NOT primitive skills! While primitive skills such as fire-by-friction have their place, few people will devote the necessary time to become proficient in these skills.
My point of departure for the material contained in this manual will be the belief that no one is more concerned about your safety than you should be and that, while we would like to believe that there will always be someone to help us, many times there isn't. Don't depend on others--carry your own emergency equipment, learn how to shelter yourself, to build your own fire, to effect your own rescue! We would also like to believe that we will be unhurt as we begin our survival experience--often this is not the case as we find that normally simple tasks are infinitely more difficult to accomplish. (Try zipping up your jacket with one hand!)
This manual is . . . intended to help the inexperienced individual who finds himself or herself having to spend an unplanned night out. . . . Reading this manual is a good start to your preparations, but there is no substitute for practicing the skills."
That brief selection seems to sum up the whole book nicely--its emphasis on self-reliance and responsibility, individual preparedness, knowledge and practical skills, and having a winning attitude. Kummerfeldt has a very direct, clear, and intense style of writing, and he's not afraid to call something B.S. if he thinks it doesn't work. It's actually kind of refreshing.
Here are the chapter titles, which give an idea about the subjects he covers:
1) Defining "Survival" 2) Myths and Misconceptions 3) Three Little Words ("I am just...") 4) The Need to Prepare 5) What Am I Preparing For? 6) Staying Found Is Better Than Being Lost 7) Survival Medicine 8) Weather 9) Selecting Cold Weather Clothing 10) Here's What I Carry (his emergency kit and names of brand items) 11) The Fork In The Road (staying put or rescuing yourself) 12) Emergency Shelters (or how a trash bag can save your life) 13) Fires and Fire Building (fire steels and Vaseline cotton balls) 14) Getting Yourself Rescued (signaling). Appendix: sources for clothing and equipment brands he recommends (very useful), survival training schools to attend, a 6-page bibliography of recommended survival books (I love this), a few survival stories, and the author's (very impressive) biography. No index.
There are many survival books on the market--anything from primitive skills to bushcraft to prepper guides, but "Surviving A Wilderness Emergency" best meets my expectations for a guide: aims at the 72-hour rescue scenario, has clear information, gives safe and dependable advice, utilizes modern technology, author is very experienced but humble, is aimed at people with no previous knowledge or expertise level, but if you have experience this will likely integrate seamlessly with what you know.
Mr. Kummerfeldt has a website where readers can find equipment he recommends: outdoorsafe dot com.
The used copy I bought has an inscription in it by the author: "Dear Tim, Practice, practice, and practice some more--then maybe you'll be ready when your life's on the line! Best regards, Peter Kummerfeldt." It's good advice for all of us.
Favorite quote from the book: "Survival is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid!"
I know that I, and possibly Peter, disappoint folks when I teach without benefit of an "Indian middle name", or appear without a fringed buckskin jacket, but for folks who want the "real deal", the sensible no nonsense information to be able to cope with that Wilderness Emergency, get his book. Read it, study it, and take it seriously. And if you're lucky, and get to attend one of his classes, you'll be well rewarded & PREPARED.
Again, entirely by chance, several weeks ago, I attended a Search & Rescue Conference in Oregon, and there was Peter teaching his lessons to the next generation of wilderness rescuers. His message was just as important, clear & relevant as ever. Carry on Peter.............