Participating in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills

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Get in touch with your wild side! Primitive living is a way of learning about nature by participating in it. Instead of merely camping in the wilderness or passing through it, you can become part of the process. You learn about nature by using it to meet your needs for shelter, fire, water, and food. You set aside the trappings of modern culture and step directly into nature with little or nothing, to experience nature on its own terms.

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Participating in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills

5 Comments on "Participating in Nature: Wilderness Survival and Primitive Living Skills"

  1. Black and white pictures for the novice is a BIG no-no when identifying wild plants and mushrooms! There are look alike plants that are deadly. In spite of this, his photos are very good and he goes into depth on subjects not always covered in books in the early 90’s. TWO BOOKS I recommend today are “SAS Survival Handbook” By John Lofty Wiseman (British Special Air Service for 26 years) AND “Camping Wilderness Survival” by Paul Tawrell. Combined together they make a very good pair AND they are small enough to put in a backpack unlike this book which is just too big to carry along. These two books combined come to over 1,500 pages. LOOK at the first before deciding on this one. Always remember, do not just take the books without reading them first. Too many people think they will learn as they go and find out too late, they were wrong to do that.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. This book is fine for understanding and harmonising with Nature, but as a survival book it is very limited.

    If you want a good survival guide for any and all situations, I would recommend Ron Foster’s “The Rural Ranger…..”. This man trains emergency response people and his guide is up to date and practical.


    David Highum
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Great pictures make this book a fun and easy read. Lots of good information for beginners wanting to be more in touch with nature!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. “Participating in Nature” is more than just a field guide to primitive living. Mr. Elpel explain’s how to live at one with nature. He describes a way of life that is conducive to the survival of man and Mother Nature. Basically, the Earth gives us the staples of life and the author explains how to fully utilize and respect these gifts for the benefit of life.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Some books are just fun to read. Some books are really only useful for study. Tom does a great job of writing a book that’s both fun to read and worth studying. I’ve read the book through twice. I’ll read it again and again learning a bit more every time. I’ve also gone back to look up specific things and not only easily found them but found myself reading beyond what I needed to know at the time. Its simply one of the most addictive books I’ve ever had the joy to read. Some of Tom’s critics may complain that the book is just an “overview”. Well what do you want from just one book? It would take volumes to fully cover the lost arts of the primitives and Tom makes no claim to even attempt to do so. This is a book for beginners, to get their feet wet in living (again) in a more primitive way. In a way closer to nature than most of us do now. Its not a survival book in the normal sense of that term but a book of survival in the sense that the ecology of the world today just can’t continue to sustain the abuses we as a people continue to subject it to. We need to all start living in a more primitive way and doing so doesn’t have to be as scary as you may first think. Participating in Nature shows us just how easily we can all live a bit more self sufficient in these troubled times.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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