Essential Survival Gear: A Pro's Guide to Your Most Practical and Portable Survival Kit

Essential Survival Gear: A Pro's Guide to Your Most Practical and Portable Survival Kit

by James Morgan Ayres


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Disasters strike every day, but despite the best laid plans you may find yourself in one with only the clothes on your back and without a well packed first-aid kit. In Essential Survival Gear, J. Morgan Ayres explains in detail what you need to have when a dire emergency occurs, wherever you are, whoever you are. Ayres—a former Green Beret, martial arts master, and wilderness and urban survivalist—explains his four-layer concept (clothing, day bag, backpack, basic equipment and luxuries) and profiles and provides photos of a broad range of gear, with recommendations on what works best in what scenario—from cityscapes to wilderness and everywhere in between—and how to use it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493015276
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 989,032
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

James Morgan Ayres is the pen name of a writer who, using a variety of pen names, has written over a hundred articles and short stories, seven books, two shows for television and more commercials than he cares to remember. He worked in Latin America, Asia, and Europe as a consultant for U.S. Government agencies and private corporations. Once a soldier, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Special Forces Group (Green Berets). In parallel lives he founded and sold four companies with international operations and has traveled or sojourned in over forty countries.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 An Approach to Survival Gear and Survival 1

Chapter 2 The Layering System of Survival Gear 15

Chapter 3 First Layer, Clothing 21

Chapter 4 First Layer, Tools 35

Chapter 5 Second Layer, the Ready Bag 68

Chapter 6 Ready Bag Tools 76

Chapter 7 Ready Bags in Use 87

Chapter 8 Third Layer, the Rucksack 97

Chapter 9 Rucksack Tools 118

Chapter 10 Fourth Layer, Base Camp and Base Camp Gear 144

Chapter 11 Backpacking Gear and Practices versus Survival Gear and Practices 152

Chapter 12 Military Clothing and Gear 163

Chapter 13 Expedient and Improvised Gear 166

Chapter 14 Hunting and Gathering 185

Chapter 15 Various Items 188

Some Closing Thoughts: From the Bronze Age to the Internet, and Back 191

Acknowledgments 195

Directory of Gear Manufacturers and Suppliers 196

Suggested Reading 202

Index 204

About the Author 210

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