Wilderness Survival For Dummies

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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… More >>

Wilderness Survival For Dummies

5 Comments on "Wilderness Survival For Dummies"

  1. I’ve read a LOT of survival guides–nearly everything on the “other recommended books” list Amazon generates. This was the last book I picked up because, well, I simply couldn’t take a “dummies” book about survival seriously. However, it is an excellent all-around guide to surviving all kinds of situations/environments. It aggregates nearly all of the tips found in other books, presented in a style that is easy to digest, and accompanied with plenty of illustrations. It is easily as good as the SAS guide, in fact it goes into even deeper detail in many aspects of emergency survival. Unlike some other guides, it is focused on getting you out of a life-or-death survival situation safely–it doesn’t waste paper on teaching woodcraft or more advanced subsistence techniques. If you are new to survival, this is the one book to pick up.

    As its title suggests, it is focused on WILDERNESS survival, not home sheltering or SHTF strategies.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. This is just the survival book I have been looking for. It is modern and thorough with up to date ideas, advice and instructions. I am an Eagle Scout and fan of wilderness survival. I have looked over several other survival books, but they always seemed to be lacking something. This covers all the bases and more. The writing is honest, sincere and easy to read. I just wish there were more pictures and illustrations, that would make it even more dummy proof. Regardless, I want a copy for my car, my home and my 72-hour emergency kit.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. The “For Dummies” series of books has been a wildly successful franchise since its debut in the early 90s. The books are topical, step-by-step instructional guides geared towards the layperson that claim to “make everything easier” – and largely succeed. //Wilderness Survival For Dummies// is the latest in the series, proving that if there is enough of a niche market, then a “For Dummies” guide is certain to follow.

    Like the other books in the franchise, //Wilderness Survival For Dummies// is written by people with impressive credentials; John Haslett is an expedition leader and adventure writer, and Cameron Smith is an archaeologist who has journeyed to the Arctic. They have encountered tough situations in which survival depended upon keeping their wits, and impart that knowledge to the reader in a friendly, easy-to-read tome that generously incorporates illustrations, diagrams, and charts with practical advice on everything from making fire and building shelter to carving bones into tools and identifying which berries and insects are safe to eat.

    //Wilderness Survival For Dummies// is one of those books that you hope you’ll never need, and yet if you’re unfortunate enough to find yourself in a life or death situation, will be thankful you read.

    Reviewed by Mark Petruska
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. The merit badge book was too basic. After earning the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge I still felt a little insecure about surviving alone in the wilderness. Thankfully, this book compensates for the other’s weaknesses. I am glad I purchased this book.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. As a 60-year-old female urbanite, “Wilderness Survival for Dummies” gave me far more confidence than I expected. The authors give you the sense that, just because you’re lost or need assistance doesn’t make you a dummy. They help you get past your initial emotional responses; assess your situation; work toward productive decisions; and, apply survival techniques. Ironically, those steps are really useful in everyday life, particularly in leadership. We sometimes just move too fast to apply them correctly and in the right order.

    Given recent tragedies, I would highly recommend this manual to both adults and teenagers, for both urban and wilderness environments. It will help you keep a cool head and increase your capabilities and resourcefulness.

    As always, the information in the “Dummies” books is so well organized, you can read all or a portion of it and keep the rest for reference as needed. I don’t need to become a rocket scientist, but want a general understanding or working knowledge of so many subjects.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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