Practical Outdoor Survival: A Modern Approach to Staying Alive in the Wilderness

Practical Outdoor Survival: A Modern Approach to Staying Alive in the Wilderness

by Len McDougall


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After selling more than 30,000 copies, this easy-to-understand guidebook has a whole new look. Using modern tools and materials, McDougall shows how today’s adventurer can survive and escape far more easily than in times past. Readers learn about the life-saving value of plastic aluminum “space blankets,” makeshift compasses, building emergency shelters from everyday items, and using simple tools to enable a rescue in any terrain or weather. A must-have for the outdoorsman or anyone who regular travels in remote areas. Len McDougall is a writer, photographer and illustrator who teaches survival techniques. He lives in Paradise, Michigan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599211718
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Edition description: REV
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Len McDougall is a full-time outdoor writer and professional photographer and illustrator with more than thirty years' experience in the North Woods. He teaches survival classes by appointment and tests outdoors products and has also worked as a field guide and tracker. His books include The Complete Tracker, The Field & Stream Wilderness Survival Handbook, Made for the Outdoors, The Outdoors Almanac, and Practical Outdoor Survival.

Table of Contents

Introduction     v
The Survival Kit
Survival Knives     2
Survival Compasses     5
Maps     7
Fire-Starting Tools     7
Fishing Gear     14
Shelter     16
Cordage     18
Flashlights     20
Signals     20
Survival Firearms     25
Medical Supplies     35
Survival First-Aid Kits     41
Water Treatments     42
Miscellaneous Items     47
Bug-Fighting Outfit     51
Recommended Items for the Survival Kit     57
Optional Items for the Survival Kit     62
What Do I Do First?     63
Survival Shelters
The Need for Shelter     66
Wearable Shelters     67
Heating a Shelter     71
The Lean-To     72
The Versatile Debris Shelter     74
The Dugout     79
The Snow Dugout     82
Emergency Shelters     84
Tinder     89
Preparing a Fire Pit     92
Starting a Fire     93
Getting Firewood     95
The Heating Fire     96
The Hot Bed     96
The Cooking Fire     97
Banking a Fire     100
The Signal Fire     101
Waterborne Diseases     104
Water Purification     105
The Solar Still     108
The Condensation Still     109
Water Sources     109
Survival Tips     113
Common Edible Plants     117
Fishing     127
Other Aquatic Animals     140
Birds     145
Mammals     150
Snakes     166
Insects     168
Bow and Arrow     169
Snares     173
Using the Compass     180
Magnetic Declination     183
Map     184
GPS     186
Natural Compasses     187
Index     191
About the Author     199

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