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Wilderness Survival For Dummies

Cameron M. Smith, John F. Haslett

ISBN: 978-0-470-54231-6 June 2009 480 Pages


Learn to:

  • Use survival techniques to stay alive on land or at sea
  • Understand basic navigation
  • Find enough water and food
  • Signal for help and get rescued

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

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