The Ultimate Wilderness Survival Handbook: 156 Tips for Any Environment

The Ultimate Wilderness Survival Handbook: 156 Tips for Any Environment

by Outdoor Life

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Overview

With 110+ years behind them, the experts at Outdoor Life magazine have compiled the information-packed Ultimate Wilderness Survival Handbook. Whether you’re planning a three-day backcountry hike, a day trip, or a full-on Grizzly Adams experience this compact handbook has the essential information you need to stay safe.

From the best-selling team at Outdoor Life this essential guide to surviving in the wilderness is for survivalists and hobbyists alike. This book covers making shelter, finding food and water, dealing with predators, signaling to rescuers, and making it out alive and well...probably even with all your limbs.

Chapter One: Skills and Tools

How to Pack for a Wilderness Adventure

Build a Fire Anywhere

Forage for Food

Create a Basic Shelter

Get Rescued

Handle Medical Emergencies in the Woods

Tie Basic Knots

. . . and more things every adventurer should know

Chapter Two: Into the Woods

Survive Getting lost in the Wilderness

Handle Animal Attacks

Navigate Bogs and Marshes

Purify Water

Stay Sane and Healthy

Trap Wild Animals

Fish with Almost No Equipment

Eat Wild Plants

. . . and more tips to get out of the woods safely

Chapter Three: Extreme Environments

Survive a Wildfire

Ford a Raging River

Navigate the Arctic

Survive Falling through Ice

Punch a Polar Bear

Find Water in the Desert

Survive Being Lost at Sea

. . . and more terrifying things you’ll hopefully never experience (but know how to survive)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681881515
Publisher: Weldon Owen
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 390,388
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

For over 110 years, Outdoor Life has provided outdoor survival expertise to millions of readers. Their authors have written on everything from how to fight off an angry bear to how to hunt and fish like a caveman, and how to survive in just about any environment. This book gathers the best of that wilderness survival advice from their top experts in one handy package.

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Tip 17: Shelter Yourself
 
Ducking into a temporary shelter to quickly get out of the elements is one thing, but if you need to live in that ramshackle space for a prolonged period of time, you’ll want to make some home improvements.
 
CALL IN REINFORCEMENTS Use boulders or the upturned root system of downed trees for a basic framework. Gather heavy branches and layer them onto your exterior walls for further protection. If you have a rain poncho or tarp, spread it over the boughs to keep rainwater from pooling inside.
 
LAY A FOUNDATION Scrape together a deep layer of pine needles or leaves, then add tender boughs to create a soft, insulated floor that’s about 8 inches (20 cm) thick. Position logs or stones around the perimeter to hold the floor materials in place. Do the same to a cave floor.
 
LOOK UP For long stays, you need food storage. You don’t want to sleep with that deer carcass, so hang it away from your shelter and out of predators’ reach.
 
LOOK DOWN May as well make yourself at home with a go-to bathroom spot. Go lower in elevation and a healthy distance downwind to dig your latrine, and, if you’re sheltering near your water source, make sure to dig at least 100 feet (30 m) away from it so you don’t contaminate your own drinking water.
 

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