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Wilderness Survival For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-54231-6
480 pages
June 2009
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Your one-stop guide to surviving and enjoying the Great Outdoors

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

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

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

Index 441

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Author Information

John Haslett is a veteran expedition leader and adventure writer whose articles have been featured in National Geographic Adventure.

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.

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