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.
Chapter 1: Surviving the Wilderness.
Chapter 2: Preparing Yourself for a Survival Situation.
Chapter 3: The Psychology of Survival: Gaining the Upper Hand.
Chapter 4: Survival Style: Keeping Warm or Cool.
Chapter 5: Making Fire in the Wilderness.
Chapter 6: Home, Sweet Hut: Survival Shelters.
Chapter 7: Liquid Capital: Finding Drinking Water.
Chapter 8: Gathering and Hunting to Stay Alive in the Wilderness.
Part II: Eyeing Advanced Survival Techniques.
Chapter 9: Finding Your Way with Tools: Basic Wilderness Navigation.
Chapter 10: Looking Up to the Skies: Celestial Navigation.
Chapter 11: Trekking over Land.
Chapter 12: Signaling for Rescue.
Chapter 13: Administering First Aid.
Chapter 14: Survive or Thrive? Advanced Methods and Tools.
Part III: Surviving in Extreme Land Environments.
Chapter 15: Special Considerations for Forests and Jungles.
Chapter 16: The Big Chill: Enduring in Snowy Places.
Chapter 17: Staying Alive under the Sun.
Part IV: Surviving on the Seas, Oceans, and Great Lakes.
Chapter 18: Staying Afloat and Warm.
Chapter 19: The Great Drift: Aboard Life Rafts and Disabled Vessels.
Chapter 20: Food and Drink at Sea.
Chapter 21: Emergency Travel and Navigation at Sea.
Chapter 22: First Aid on the Water.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Practice Wilderness Survival Skills.
Chapter 24: Ten Quick Escapes.
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.