Wilderness Survival For Dummies
Want to know how to stay alive in extreme situations? This practical, accurate guide gives you all the expert, field-tested tools and techniques you need to survive. Whether you find yourself lost in the woods, adrift on a life raft, bitten by a snake, or needing shelter in cold weather, this hands-on resource teaches you how to stay safe (and sane), find rescue, and live to tell the tale!
- Know the basics of survival — perform life-saving first aid, make fire and shelter, and find water and food
Manage your emotions — cope with panic and anger, get the "survivor's attitude," and foster cooperation and hope with others
Increase your chances of rescue — signal for help and navigate using a compass or the sky
Practice expert survival methods — tie essential knots, craft your own weapons and tools, and make natural remedies
Gain wisdom for water emergencies — stay afloat when your ship or boat sinks, avoid dehydration and starvation, and make it to shore
Open the book and find:
- Common survival scenarios you may encounter
Tried-and-tested advice for individuals or groups
The items you need to stay alive
Basic orientation skills
Ways to keep warm or cool
The best methods for building a fire in any environment
What you can (and can't) eat and drink in the wild
True stories of survival
Part I: Stayin’ Alive: Basic Wilderness Survival Principles 7
Chapter 1: Surviving the Wilderness 9
Chapter 2: Preparing Yourself for a Survival Situation 19
Chapter 3: The Psychology of Survival: Gaining the Upper Hand 33
Chapter 4: Survival Style: Keeping Warm or Cool 45
Chapter 5: Making Fire in the Wilderness 63
Chapter 6: Home, Sweet Hut: Survival Shelters 75
Chapter 7: Liquid Capital: Finding Drinking Water 87
Chapter 8: Gathering and Hunting to Stay Alive in the Wilderness 105
Part II: Eyeing Advanced Survival Techniques 141
Chapter 9: Finding Your Way with Tools: Basic Wilderness Navigation 143
Chapter 10: Looking Up to the Skies: Celestial Navigation 167
Chapter 11: Trekking over Land 177
Chapter 12: Signaling for Rescue 195
Chapter 13: Administering First Aid 219
Chapter 14: Survive or Thrive? Advanced Methods and Tools 249
Part III: Surviving in Extreme Land Environments 269
Chapter 15: Special Considerations for Forests and Jungles 271
Chapter 16: The Big Chill: Enduring in Snowy Places 289
Chapter 17: Staying Alive under the Sun 313
Part IV: Surviving on the Seas, Oceans, and Great Lakes 337
Chapter 18: Staying Afloat and Warm 339
Chapter 19: The Great Drift: Aboard Life Rafts and Disabled Vessels 357
Chapter 20: Food and Drink at Sea 373
Chapter 21: Emergency Travel and Navigation at Sea 397
Chapter 22: First Aid on the Water 413
Part V: The Part of Tens 423
Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Practice Wilderness Survival Skills 425
Chapter 24: Ten Quick Escapes 433
Cameron M. Smith is an archaeologist at Portland State University. He has traveled the world's wildernesses in some of the most unreasonable ways imaginable.
People just can't get enough of extreme reality. Whether they're stepping away from Wall Street or Main Street to don a neoprene dry suit and brave the glacial rapids of Alaska's mighty Matanuska River, slathering on the Deep Woods Off and loading their pack for an off-the-grid solo hike, or conjuring up their inner Magellan to chart the open waters at sea, people are looking for adventure!
This summer, the trusty yellow-and-black reference series published a one-stop shop for advice on how to survive and enjoy "the great outdoors.” In Wilderness Survival For Dummies® (Wiley, 978-0-470-45306-3, July 2009), field experts John F. Haslett and Cameron M. Smith, PhD, teach readers how to navigate using both a compass and the sky, forage for food, create and use a solar still, and much more. From building a campfire to signaling for help and identifying edible plants and insects, readers can find loads of practical information on living in the wild.
Veteran expedition leader and adventure writer John Haslett has spent decades catching unpleasant tropical diseases, explaining himself to local authorities, and fleeing from various misguided animals. In the 1990s, with the help of an isolated community of Ecuadorian mariners, John built four 30,000-pound wooden rafts and then voyaged on the Pacific Ocean for hundreds of days!
Coauthor Cameron M. Smith’s mountaineering, sailing, archaeological, and icecap expeditions have taken him to Africa, South America, arctic Alaska, Canada, and Iceland. In 2004, he made the first solo winter ski crossing of Iceland’s storm-lashed Vatnajokull icecap, an expedition televised on the National Geographic Channel. He is currently documenting arctic Alaska by trekking on, piloting a paraglider over, and scuba diving beneath the sea ice. A Life Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Explorers Club, and a member of the Society for Human Performance in Extreme Environments, Cameron is currently writing a narrative of his Iceland expeditions and preparing for balloon exploration of the stratosphere as well as another Pacific expedition with John Haslett. You can track his expedition at www.cameronmsmith.com.
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