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98.6 Degrees by Cody Lundin
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Sep 20, 2010

it was amazing

Great book. The author was president of the search and rescue team of Arizona's state wilderness parks, a suvivalist, teaches survival classes, professor, and a minimalist.

The book is presented in a format with crazy illustrations, which is good to keep your interest. Topics vary more by section than chapter in the book. For instance:

The start of the book talks about just how most people end up in survival situations, and mistakes they made: not bringing water, not telling friends where they would be, not wearing proper clothing, not signalling, wandering from paths, etc. Also the typical person or group who ends up in a survival situation: an under-equipped inexperienced day-hiker

The middle section of the book describes how to stay warm when the weather is cold, visa versa in warm weather, always stay dry, and stay hydrated. A lot of good detail here. If you can manage to regulate your tempature and drink water in a survival situation, you can survive for months. It's not about food, it's about hydration!

The end area of the book describes how to make a survival bag, or "bug out bag". Focus is given to things such as being able to start a fire several different ways, using items that have very little weight (the author carries something under 4lbs of gear!!!), and always using multi-purpose items.

If I was going to find fault in the book, it would be the scientifics of hydration and dehyrdation get boring for a few pages. That's it though. Overall very happy, and heck I'd even consider packing the book in a bug out bag. Makes me wonder if that's why the book has an illustration of the book in the back pocket of jeans...
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