ÊIf my present reader happens to be a Boy Scout or a scout-master who wants the scouts to build a tower for exhibition purposes, he can do so by following the directions here given, but if there is real necessity for haste in the erection of this tower, of course we cannot build one as tall as we might where we have more time. With a small tower all the joints may be quickly lashed together with strong, heavy twine, rope, or even wire; and in the wilderness it will probably be necessary to bind the joints with pliable roots, or cordage made of bark or withes; but as this is not a book on woodcraft we will suppose that the reader has secured the proper material for fastening the joints of the frame of this signal-tower and he must now shoulder his axe and go to the woods in order to secure the necessary timber. First let him cut eight straight polesÑthat is, as straight as he can find them. These poles should be about four and one half inches in diameter at their base and sixteen and one half feet long. After all the branches are trimmed off the poles, cut four more sticks each nine feet long and two and a half or three inches in diameter at the base; when these are trimmed into shape one will need twenty six or seven more stout sticks each four and one half feet long for braces and for flooring for the platform.
A practical handbook on how to cope with all kinds of survival scenarios, with detailed visual instruction and step-by-step sequences for every situation. Topics include building shelters, wilderness navigation, making fire, sourcing water, flint-napping, foraging and much more.
An outdoor survival guide that utilizes two of the most popular and versatile tools carried by many hikers, campers, and hunters: knives and axes. Each chapter presents the knife or axe skills and activities essential for wilderness survival, including: using a knife and axe, carrying and caring for a knife, securing food with a knife, sharpening an axe, and constructing watercraft with a knife.
Native Americans and aboriginal people everywhere survived, and often thrived, because of their wealth of common sense and backbone. Being a Neolithic man in North America or elsewhere could be a hard-scrabble proposition, with no room for the weak and scant tolerance for doing things that did not work. Generation after generation was taught how to do things the old way, because the old way was proven to work with the resources they had. Shelters built with the tried-and-true techniques and materials of Native Americans--and even those who came before them on this continent--still work. In Bare-Handed Survival Shelters, author Fred Demara, author of Eating on the Run and Survival Guide to Edible Insects , teaches what has been proven to work for improvised shelters, because learning by trial and error is too costly in a survival scenario. Building emergency shelters starts with knowing what can be done and then learning the expedient way to do it. Odds are in your favor that these largely forgotten techniques will get you through, even if you start bare-handed, regardless of whether you need to survive a few hours, overnight, or for an extended period. Demara shows you how to make tools from whatever is available, select the proper site for your shelter, and match the type of shelter you need to the terrain, climate, and native materials. The simplicity of these ancient construction methods illustrates the most essential survival lesson of all: the importance of knowing you can do it, deciding that you will do it, and then getting on with it. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -Theodore Roosevelt
Matt Graham, star of the Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival and Dude, You’re Screwed, details the physical, mental, and emotional joys and harrowing struggles of his life as a modern-day hunter-gatherer. Early on in his life, Matt craved a return to nature. When he became an adult, he set aside his comfortable urban life and lived entirely off the land to learn from the smallest and grandest of all things. In this riveting narrative that brings together epic adventure and spiritual quest, he shows us what extraordinary things the human body is capable of when pushed to its limits. In Epic Survival, written with Josh Young, coauthor of five New York Times bestsellers, Matt relays captivating stories from his life to show just how terrifying—and gratifying—living off the grid can be. He learns the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians that helped him run the 1,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail in just fifty-eight days and endure temperature swings of 100 degrees. He takes us with him as he treks into the wilderness to live alone for half a year, armed with nothing but a loincloth, a pair of sandals, a stone knife, and chia seeds. He recounts near-death experiences of hiking alone through the snowdrifts at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and tells us about the time he entered a three-day Arabian horse race on foot—and finished third. Above all, Epic Survival is a book about growing closer to the land that nurtures us. No matter how far our modern society takes us from the wilderness, the call remains. Whether you’re an armchair survivalist or have taken the plunge yourself, Matt’s story is both inspiration and invigoration, teaching even the most urbane among us important and breathtaking lessons.
With full-colour photographs, illustrations and step-by-step sequences on an array of survival scenarios, this title is a practical manual for coping with crisis and danger in the wilderness and mastering the art of mental and physical survival.
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Army Survival Manual is the finest single source for self-reliance for all extreme circumstances. A must for anyone who wants to know how to survive in primitive conditions. The book is very straightforward with many pictures and user-friendly illustrations, written in easy to understand language. This is just some of the survival information that this book provides: All-climates: arctic, tropics, temperate forest, savannah or desert. All-terrain survival tactics. The Will to Survive. Identify poisonous snakes, as well as edible and non-edible plants. Survival Medicine. Wilderness medicine. Techniques on first aid. Survival in the hottest or coldest of climates. Survival Planning. Make polluted water potable. How to find water. Ways to trap and collection techniques of water. Covers navigation and compass use. Find direction using the sun and stars. Weapons and Tools. Recognizing signs of land when lost at sea. Building life-saving shelters. Traps and snares. How to prepare wild game to be cooked also preserving food. All types of fire making. Water Crossings. Find direction using the sun and stars. Physical and mental fitness. Disaster preparedness. Again this is just some of the survival information is this book! Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION Survival Actions Pattern for Survival Chapter 2 PSYCHOLOGY OF SURVIVAL A Look at Stress Natural Reactions Preparing Yourself Chapter 3 SURVIVAL PLANNING AND SURVIVAL KITS Importance of Planning Survival Kits Chapter 4 BASIC SURVIVAL MEDICINE Requirements for Maintenance of Health Medical Emergencies Lifesaving Steps Bone and Joint Injury Bites and Stings Wounds Environmental Injuries Herbal Medicines Chapter 5 SHELTERS Primary Shelter—Uniform Shelter Site Selection Types of Shelters Chapter 6 WATER PROCUREMENT Water Sources Still Construction Water Purification Water Filtration Devices Chapter 7 FIRECRAFT Basic Fire Principles Site Selection and Preparation Fishing Devices Cooking and Storage of Fish and Game Chapter 8 FOOD PROCUREMENT Animals for Food Other Expedient Weapons Cordage and Lashing Rucksack Construction Clothing and Insulation Cooking and Eating Utensils Chapter 9 SURVIVAL USE OF PLANTS Edibility of Plants Plants for Medicine Miscellaneous Uses of Plants Chapter 10 POISONOUS PLANTS How Plants Poison All About Plants Rules for Avoiding Poisonous Plants Contact Dermatitis Ingestion Poisoning Chapter 11 DANGEROUS ANIMALS Insects and Arachnids Leeches Bats Venomous Snakes Snake-Free Areas Dangerous Lizards Dangers in Rivers Dangers in Bays and Estuaries Saltwater Dangers Other Dangerous Sea Creatures Chapter 12 FIELD-EXPEDIENT WEAPONS, TOOLS, AND EQUIPMENT Staffs Clubs Edged Weapons Fire Material Selection How to Build a Fire How to Light a Fire Chapter 13 DESERT SURVIVAL Terrain Environmental Factors Need for Water Heat Casualties Precautions Desert Hazards Chapter 14 TROPICAL SURVIVAL Tropical Weather Jungle Types Travel Through Jungle Areas Immediate Considerations Water Procurement Food Poisonous Plants Chapter 15 COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL Cold Regions and Locations Windchill Basic Principles of Cold Weather Survival Hygiene Medical Aspects Cold Injuries Shelters Fire Water Food Travel Weather Signs Chapter 16 SEA SURVIVAL The Open Sea Seashores Chapter 17 EXPEDIENT WATER CROSSINGS Rivers and Streams Rapids Rafts Flotation Devices Other Water Obstacles Vegetation Obstacles Chapter 18 FIELD-EXPEDIENT DIRECTION FINDING Using the Sun and Shadows Using the Moon Using the Stars Making Improvised Compasses Other Means of Determining Direction Chapter 19 SIGNALING TECHNIQUES Application Means for Signaling Codes and Signals Aircraft Vectoring Procedures
"It takes a lot of food for an active person to survive." Eating local takes on a whole new meaning in a survival scenario, and while growing your own food is never easy, it is the surest way to a full belly. A crop can be nurtured, controlled, and even protected as need be. To a starving stranger or a starving horde, your crops or pantry items are probably worth more than is your life. You won't have to defend something that nobody covets—and nobody covets what they don't know you have. The ability to feed oneself efficiently and discreetly under varying conditions could be an indispensable skill in a prolonged upheaval where normal food distribution is halted or seriously disrupted. Gardening of any kind is not rocket science—people have been doing it for millennia all across the globe—but there are specific skills you will need to develop to get macro production in clandestine micro settings: Choosing appropriate and compatible crops Camouflaging crops with natural and improvised screens Maximizing natural barrier plants and pesticides Adapting raised-bed, square-foot, tower, and canopy gardening to your site Feeding your garden with natural compost and manure Growing foods without soil or sunshine An added bonus of growing your own food is that it is cheaper, fresher, tastier, and as organic as you make it, and your footprint (carbon and otherwise) is greatly minimized. The perfect companion to his Eating on the Run and Survival Guide to Edible Insects, Fred Demara's new how-to manual, Guerrilla Gardening for Long-Term Survival, gives readers food for thought about starting their own guerrilla gardens.
This extensive guide will enable the reader to commune with the natural world and master a full spectrum of traditional practices, hands-on skill, and theoretical knowledge. Bushcraft Bible is an essential tool for the naturalist in all of us that dreams of building a shelter, hunting and gathering for survival, and living a peaceful and environmentally conscious lifestyle. From surviving in the depths of the Jungle to thriving in the white-hot desert, this comprehensive reference will provide even the most experienced outdoorsman with essential survival skills. In order to develop the ability to inhabit and traverse natural landscapes, Bushcraft Bible contains information on: • Safe use of the axe and bush knife • Recommended and required tools • Chopping wood and felling a tree • Preparing for unexpected weather and other surprises • Wilderness first aid Bushcraft is about thriving in the natural environment and requires a multitude of skills like firecraft, tracking, shelter building, foraging, and rope and twine-making. The easy-to-follow text enable campers to create such lodgings as half-cave shelters, beaver mat huts, birch bark shacks, over-water camps, a Navajo hogan, and a pole house. Bushcraft Bible should be required reading for hikers, campers, hunters, foresters, backwoods adventurers, scouts, or youth groups—anyone with a passion for the outdoors. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
An essential guide to everything you need to stay sheltered, fed, healthy, and safe in the backcountry Organized around the six essentials of survival (shelter, water, food, fire, comfort and health, and navigation), Wilderness Survival Handbook covers 100 skills and techniques, including preserving fire, building pit shelters, toolmaking, stoneboiling cookery, and trapping and hunting animals with handmade tools and weapons. By mastering these skills, you will be able to survive with few tools or provisions in any wilderness setting--forest, plain, desert, or tundra--in nearly any part of the world.
Earlier civilizations considered insects as a primary protein source, and even today more than two billion people all over the world are sitting down to a hearty repast of insect cuisine. But in Western civilizations, people have a well-developed aversion for any animal food that does not look like a chicken, cow, or salmon. "Bugs" in particular have been traditionally discounted as a food source because we have consistently confused the critter, which very seldom has any harmful effect as food, with the deadly microbes that may be carried by its distant cousin. There are some 1,462 recorded species of edible insects eaten by more than 3,000 ethnic groups. Survival Guide to Edible Insects catalogs only those that are easy to identify and have a long record of human consumption, including cicadas, worms, locusts, scarabs, and ants. In this unique guide, the author, Fred Demara—who instructed readers on what plants to nibble on in Eating on the Run —shares tips for identifying safe insects, locating their habitats, harvesting them in numbers, and preparing them properly to make them safe and tasty to eat while on the move. Find the idea of eating insects hard to swallow? Get over it. To sustain life, if you don't have the food you love, then you'd better learn to love the food you have. Insects aren't just a survival option, however. As the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently pointed out, it may be time to swap your burgers for bugs. They are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and yummy if cooked properly (Tex-Mex ant taco, anyone?). Plus, they are abundant everywhere and free for the taking, making them the perfect survival food.
A Practical Plan to Prepare Your Family for Real Emergencies Prepare Your Family for Survival is a unique beginner resource and advanced storage guide to get your family totally prepared for the unexpected. Linda Loosli—of FoodStorageMoms.com—is a prepping expert who’s spent decades researching emergency preparedness, food storage, and first aid for families with kids. She’s compiled her hard-earned knowledge into easy-to-follow storage plans that cover everything from water and food to alternative cooking devices, emergency toilets, 72-hour kits for every member of the family (even babies and pets), first-aid kits, and more. You’ll learn exactly what you need to store for a family of two, three, four, or five—whether you’re preparing to survive for three days, seven days, or a month. The book is packed to the brim with information, but Linda presents it in an easygoing and practical manner. Beginners find step-by-step plans for getting started frugally, while veteran preppers gain tips and advice for advanced preparedness and the top products on the market. Prepare Your Family for Survival is a book like no other with preparedness guides and storage methods that are tried and true, used by Linda and her family throughout the years. It’s an unfortunate fact that emergencies, power outages, and natural disasters happen around the world every year, but with Prepare Your Family for Survival, you’ll be ready when it happens to you.