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Wilderness Survival Handbook: Primitive Skills for Short-Term Survival and Long-Term Comfort

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An essential guide to everything you need to stay sheltered, fed, healthy, and safe in the backcountry

Organized around the six essentials of survival (shelter, water, food, fire, comfort and health, and navigation), Wilderness Survival Handbook covers 100 skills and techniques, including preserving fire, building pit shelters, toolmaking, stoneboiling cookery, and trapping
Paperback, 266 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by International Marine Publishing (first published 2010)
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Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Don't know why I picked this up, as I will not be hiking in the woods, much less be going on snow bound treks. Maybe to see if anything new has come up since the things that I learned in childhood. Not much has changed.
It seems weird to me that so many people in the 19-35 age range would be S.O.L. if their car broke down on a road less traveled. Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts have become so uncool that few young people have any exposure to 'being prepared' for worse case scenario. Yet the young pil
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is pretty close to being a good book on this subject. I think I like what this guy was going for more than I like what he actually put together. He's not another idiot survivalist giving advice on how to stockpile canned food and gas masks or something. He does focus a lot on truly primitive survival skills. Even though I'd expect to really like this guy if I'd met him and I feel like the book does cover most of the essentials, it's just too sloppy and hard to follow at times.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I only read the first section meant for people in short-term survival situations (such as being stuck in the middle of the woods with no ability to contact people). It was okay. There are a few good things here but I think most of it will be familiar to people who spend time in the outdoors. And what might be new doesn't go into a whole lot of depth, so it probably won't be able to teach you a whole lot. Additionally, it's written more in a prose format than as a skills book, which makes it poor ...more
Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: envir
Should society crumble, I shall be much more prepared. Should I become lost in the woods, I will be much less likely to turn into a Perished. The skills to be starting fires and making cordage at every appropriate moment.

Sample: For emergency lost-in-the-woods-ness, cotton balls smothered in vaseline kept in a waterproof containter make great fire lighters. For long-term forming-civilization-anew-ness, among the coal making techniques described is a pump made from sticks, rocks, and cordage. Bo
John Alexander
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I use this book a lot! Everything from the layout (the first 7 days of survival followed by survival living) as well as the index to find obscure stuff, is super handy. All the stuff that is commonly covered in other books has tons of little details I've not seen before. I highly recommend this book!
Martin Hainsworth
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Tons of detail that add some good new perspective to common skills and some stuff too. The first bit is about short term, and the then the rest is all about long term wilderness living. Lots of great little stories mixed in throughout the whole book. Worth getting.
Mar 23, 2011 marked it as to-read
- available in SG NLB 613.69 (Serangoon)
Oct 04, 2010 marked it as on-hold
I'm going to come back to this one in the spring. I'm juggling too many library due dates at the moment. I've enjoyed it so far.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the more interesting survival books I've read as it focuses more on primitive techniques. I would like to learn more and put it to practice.
Danielle Decker
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So much information in this book about survival! Very valuable resource.
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