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Outdoor Survival Skills has taught three generations of wilderness adventurers how to survive in nature without expensive purchased equipment, instead drawing on knowledge of the land and carefully tested techniques, many of them ancient, for finding or creating shelter, fire, tools, water, and plant and animal foods. Read an Excerpt Outdoor Survival Skills By Larry Dean Olsen Chicago Review Press Incorporated Copyright © 1997 Larry Dean Olsen All rights reserved. This unique guide teaches how to survive in almost any outdoor environment with little or no purchased equipment, relying on what nature provides.
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This is true for those who practice and study survival and preparedness skills on a regular basis.
Until recent years, carrying millions of pages of survival information in your Bug Out Bag was not only impractical, it was impossible.
No digital reader will ever replace the feeling of sitting back in my favorite chair and leafing through the tattered pages of my very early Boy Scout Handbook that I picked up at a flea market for fifteen cents when I was a kid. When it comes to stocking your Kindle or tablet with survival related information, I definitely have some recommendations. Greg is an Air Force SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) specialist and this is one of the best books written on the subject.
This is a very straightforward and to-the-point survival manual with field-tested survival techniques bought and paid for by hard-earned US tax dollars. This book is packed full of practical pioneer-type homesteading skills such as growing food, canning, keeping chickens, generating energy, and herbal medicine. Larry is truly a master of the primitive arts and is an icon in the world of primitive survival skills. If you haven’t yet begun the process of building a Bug Out Bag, this book is a great start.
Many of the books in the Survival Skills category above cover shelter in one way, shape, or form, but the books below discuss this topic almost exclusively. Mors pretty much invented the “super shelter” design which uses plastic sheeting and mylar blankets to create an amazing cold weather survival shelter. Titles in this category deal almost exclusively with finding, collecting, filtering, and purifying wild water.
An excellent discussion about the collection, treatment, and storage of water while living off the grid.
Another helpful read about finding water, determining whether it’s safe to drink, and teaching how to make it safe for consumption. I’ve only listed one title in this category, as many of the titles in the Survival Skills category discuss fire in great detail and are excellent fire resources.
Whether foraging for wild foods or stockpiling your own, these titles deal exclusively with sustenance.
This inexpensive ebook is worth the money simply to read Mors’ discussion on the plants listed. An underground root cellar has been on my project list for several years and this is the book I purchased to help get the job done. The need for first aid supplies and services go through the roof during disaster and survival scenarios. I especially like this title because it’s written by preparedness-minded people for preparedness-minded people.
One cool thing about the kindle (at least the newer models) is that you can upload PDFs into an accessible documents area for easy reference. This feature, which some e-readers lack, gives you the option of loading personal documents such as insurance paperwork, pet shot records, marriage licenses, bank information, and the like for easy reference.
Military-grade cases and covers are readily available on-line that are shock-resistant and waterproof – two absolute bug out necessities. Packing a sizable survival library along with hand-picked PDFs which catalog a plethora of facts and references in your Bug Out Bag just makes survival sense. But, that being said, we sort of feel that it would be irresponsible of us to pretend that no one else in the world has anything useful to say about the subject of survival.
If you’re looking to read a survival guide, that will actually help you to survive, you could do a lot worse than reading one written by a man who spent 26 years serving in the SAS. In outdoor and adventure circles, How To Stay Alive In The Woods by Bradford Angier is considered something of a classic.
There’s information in here on how to reinforce your home, what constitutes an effective makeshift weapon, and how to spot if someone is succumbing to a zombie-like infection. This book will teach how you to use bushcraft tools to build shelter, how to light a fire and keep it lit, where to find safe drinking water, and how to forage for wild food. Lundin offers a brutally honest insight into the stuff you’ll need when the end of the world comes, whether it be through natural or man-made means. Not only does this survival book have one of the greatest titles for anything, ever, it’s also a cracking-good read for anyone with even the slightest interest in survival guides. Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. In this new edition, anecdotes from the author's lifetime of experience provide thrilling examples of the skills and attitudes that ensure survival outdoors. Disasters — natural and manmade — happen to regular people on a regular basis, driving them from their homes in search of a safer destination. But for those who don’t, access to that survival knowledge only has to weigh about 1 pound – the weight of an Amazon Kindle.
Digital readers such as the Amazon Kindle have been a game changer in how we buy, store, organize, and read books.
Many of them are complete survival manuals, and therefore touch on all 6 categories mentioned above.
It’s packed full of practical wilderness survival skills revolving around shelter, water, fire, and food. His discussion and illustrations of protection, sustenance, signaling, travel, and health is as good as it gets. This manual is packed full of great survival know-how and should be in every survival library. This is a great read for anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of living like our grandparents did at the turn of the century. His use and skill with natural materials such as leather, bone, rock, and wood are unparalleled.
It’s more of a manual to help get it done than it is a survival skills book, but I do list tons of survival tips and tricks for getting the biggest bang for your buck when building a Bug Out Bag. The line drawings aren’t much for reference so you’ll need a better photo guide for that, but it’s the words that are important in this book. I would consider this a definitive guide in learning and understanding best practices when it comes to long-term food storage. There is certainly some redundancy with other titles mentioned, but this book is a good stand alone resource for eating your backyard!
They write from the perspective of asking, “What if access to modern medical facilities no longer exists?” They do not end each scenario or sentence with, “Go to the hospital.” I like that.
I prefer to keep my personal documents on a secure, password-protected thumb drive, but the Kindle is a great option for less sensitive information. I know this sounds crazy initially, but a few games can be a huge asset when bugging out with young children. If both of these options were not possible, a Kindle would not be included in my Bug Out Bag. Most hand crank emergency radios now have a USB charger built in, which will power the Kindle. Affordable portable power and protective cases make a Bug Out Kindle a very feasible and practical survival tool that can handle the worst of scenarios. However, access to information about a subject which you’re not knowledgeable can be a huge survival advantage.
Dare we say it, but there’s probably quite a few people in the world who know more about this survival malarkey than we do.


From setting up camp and finding food in the wilderness, to self-defence and security actions in the streets; this book will prepare you for the big bad world like no other. There’s teachings on acquiring shelter, sourcing food and water, and making fire (three of the most essential elements when trying to survive in the wild). Written by Colin Towell, a qualified Combat Survival Instructor who has spent over 30 years teaching land, sea, desert, jungle, and cold-weather skills to the UK Army, Navy, Royal Marines and Air Force personnel, survival guides don’t come more legitimate than this. He writes about things in a clear, easy-to-follow, style and focuses on the realities of actually using wilderness survival skills rather than just on the extremities of life-and-death survival situations. Whether you’re a casual hiker or a hardcore adventurer, this guide is well worth reading. This book might not be the most serious on the market, and it might be dirtier than a pile of mud, but it also contains some entertaining points that all outdoor enthusiasts should take on board.
With that in mind, readers should look at it as more of a testament to a pro-active mindset rather than as a step-by-step guide to surviving in the wilderness.
If you’re looking for a kinky read, rather than outdoor survival guide, get some 50 Shades of Gravel in your life. There’s stuff in here on how craft stone-blades, build bow drill equipment, and do interesting things with deerskin. Because, let’s face it, anything that sets the bar that high straight from the off is almost asking to be a letdown. Here's the knowledge you need to get stuck into one of the world's most exciting watersports. Beyond the green of hay fields, in a land of sand and sage, I sifted artifacts of clay and bone and stone and ancient ways, filling my imaginings with adventures, digging secrets from rock shelters and caves. In this new edition, anecdotes from the author's lifetime of experience provide thrilling examples of the skills and attitudes that ensure success and survival outdoors.
Oftentimes, evacuees are forced to survive with their wits and the survival supplies they can carry on their back. I’m not at all suggesting that the practice and study of survival skills should or can be replaced by ebooks. I’ve traditionally been very anti-digital when it comes to packing electronics in my Bug Out Bag.
He has several smaller ebooks available (some mentioned later) that are excellent reads and are very inexpensive. Whether making a bow and arrow or tanning hides, this guy teaches a huge variety of primitive skills. Reading this book will not make you a fire master; only practicing fire starting will do this, but you can use this book to get different ideas to challenge your skills and broaden your knowledge base. His photos are some the best I’ve seen and his discussions are easy to understand and straight to the point. This title is part of a series of very informative ebooks called Storey Country Wisdom Bulletins and there are many other titles that may pique your interest. His methodical approach to planting in a square-foot design is impressive to say the least. From altitude illness to constipation, this is a no-nonsense guide to address first aid issues in the wilderness.
From maps and GPS coordinates to addresses and telephone numbers, this puts literally any kind of information that you wish at your fingertips in the middle of a bug out scenario.
The built-in camera and video features allow the capture of important information for future reference as well. And so, with that statement floating on the breeze like an informative kite, here’s 10 survival guides that might just stop you from dying.
This updated edition of his original survival guide, now comes with added techniques for handling urban-dangers.
Pick up a copy of this book, practice some of the stuff contained within it, and turn yourself into a Jedi Master of outdoor survival.
Not only that, but Lundin also helps readers to understand the mental and emotional aspects of their own mind. A really handy survival guide, especially if a time-machine comes along and takes you kicking and screaming back to the dawning of humanity. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy. You may have read my article here — How to Make a Bug Out Bag — or my book which that article inspired titled Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag. However, an entire survival library of information at your fingertips just may be the one survival tool in your Bug Out Bag that saves your life. Their fragility and short battery life have always fallen short of the demanding requirements that a bug out situation presents.
My personal experiments from the skills taught in this book have proven successful beyond measure and I highly recommend this style of growing for any gardening enthusiast. The premise of the book is that medical knowledge should not be a guarded secret by a select few, but should be freely shared by everyone, and that ordinary people who are provided with clear, simple information can prevent and treat most common health problems in their own homes. Outward Bound is a very reputable organization and this handbook has become a classic resource for adventurers all over the world. I’ve loaded tons of medical documents such as antibiotic doses and measurements to this folder. I prefer the hand crank power options for recharging, but I have several friends who swear by solar. Don’t know how to light a fire in the rain, or what the best course of action is when you’re in shark-infested waters?
Forrest Griffin, a UFC fighter by trade, has served up a book that injects some fun back into the outdoor survival genre. If so, you already have a head-start in building your own personal 72-hour disaster kit to help you and your family survive a potential bug out evacuation. Some of my favorites are: Basic Wilderness Survival in Cold Lacking Snow, Fire Skills of the Northern Forest, The Lean-To and It’s Variants, A Survival Kit Shelter, and Top Seven Knots.
I also include chemical water purification ratios and PDF manuals for some of my electronics, such as my handheld HAM radio. This article is written with that same conviction — to help further prepare you for when the unthinkable knocks at your front door. I stepped far from bicycles and baseball into the making of a long walking.After many years, I sat on a rock and wrote the first edition of this book.
I gathered about me many Walkers wanting to make a living off the land and wanting to use Stone Age tools for making it. It's just too hard to keep the listings in this article current with my inventory.) I've had these books (and swooned over them) for years. Now this thirtieth-year publication celebrates some early events and feelings and shares a few tales of how I learned the Anasazi Way and the making of these survival skills.The badgerstone changed my life forever. I'll find nice copies and pass em along to you. These are the classics from several periods. It all began when I was twelve years old.In the BeginningMiss Romain wanted my eyes on the blackboard, but out the window and westward across the desert lay the cave, and my eyes saw only the treasure in its deep floor. They cover the range from the very first outdoor skills books ever published in the 1800's to retro items from the 50's to classics from the fad-1970's to today's cutting edge modes in teaching primitive skills. *"Woodcraft & Camping" by "Nessmuk", $15. On Tuesday, I started making a new pair of high-topped moccasins from an old pair of field boots. I cut off the soles, turned the boots inside out, and started sewing on soles of cowhide leather.On Wednesday I rolled up a blanket pack, sharpened my pocketknife and a small hunting knife, and made a long possibles bag from the leg of an old pair of Levi's.
George Washington Sears wrote it in 1880 under his penname "Nessmuk." Before this outdoor recreation was done by the rich with the help of guides.
Buffs still swear by Nessmuk and many love recreating his famous "trinity" of camp tools (pic below). I was ready.My mother had watched my preparations carefully and had suggested enough additional gear to fill a covered wagon.
This is a 105-page Dover reprint, new. *"Canoeing the Adirondacks" by "Nessmuk", $25.
In this 177-pg tale, Nessmuk is the first to tell the world about ultralight camping, thus he's the godfather of this recent trend.
He worked with Rushton to create a 10-lb canoe and carried approx the same weight in his pack then went on month-long outings. Skipping school for important projects like this one wasn't against her personal plans for my success in life. Daddy wasn't too concerned about my schooling either, but he had plenty to say about me going into the desert alone. After two days of stern warnings on everything from mosquitoes to rattlesnakes, he ran out of advice. I later learned that he followed me for the first mile just to see if I was really serious.My trail led down a steep gully for the first two miles.


I had absorbed a great deal of interesting facts about Paiutes, Anasazi, and the flora and fauna of the great plateau deserts of Idaho. Actually, I hadn't realized it myself, and I wondered right off if I could get there and back to the drop-point by Saturday evening.I had previously spent parts of days alone working on Uncle Bill's farm and several one-night camp outs in the desert by myself. As I hiked along the flat, three days seemed like quite a big chunk of time in this unknown, roadless place. But the land felt good under my new moccasin soles, and each step brought me more and more in touch with the breezes.
I walked and tossed between a tiny grip of fear and a peaceful blending with the desert.Sage grew skimpy and short. Actually, ETS had his own thing going with his Indian Woodcrafters boys groups then teamed up with Lord Baden-Powell for a few years, but he finally bailed due to conflicts with BP's heavy-handed, imperialist UK-style. Scattered on the flats were countless red-ant mounds, each surrounded by circles of bare earth where the ants had stripped the ground around their little pyramids.
The story behind it is fascinating, though, and worth googling.) *"Your Own Book of Campcraft" by Catherine Hammett, $12.
A 50's paperback of lore with period illustrations presented in retro glory. *"Bushcraft" by Mors Kochanski, $30.
I noted in my journal that the few exceptions were due to some natural obstruction on the south side of a mound, like a tall bush or rock that shaded it. From this observation I concluded that the ants depended on the sun to warm their lives each day, especially in the winter when the sun swung low along the southern horizon and the ants were deep below the frost line. I thought about the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper, and I thought about my parents and our grocery store and the prophet who taught Mormons to store food and fuel for two years ahead.Somehow, I couldn't relate the ants to Miss Romain's class at school. I wondered whether ants found it necessary to hold classes of instruction for all upcoming antlets in order to maintain their organized and busy mound-building society. My first serious survival skills book. *"Primitive Wilderness Living" by John and Jeri McPherson, $30. Red ants seemed ever ready for a fierce fight, though, so maybe they did have a school of some sort after all.Finally it struck me that the ants could serve as well as teach me. No longer were those little creatures mere teachers of philosophy, social organization, and architecture. At any time of the year, whether cloudy or in blizzard, the little mounds, averaged together, faced south. I knew then that I would never lose my way in the land of red ants.Red ants were also troublesome. The flat stretched on and on and despite my many new thoughts and discoveries, the desert heat began to press down upon me.
I had to move faster toward the still-thin rim of No Name Canyon.The stitching broke slowly at first.
Gives thorough how-to but also includes much more of the Spirit side behind the roots of Native American survival skills. My once-pleasant walking on the new soles of my moccasins suddenly became agony as my right foot scooped up sand and stickers and worst of all, red ants.
Then the big toe on my left foot poked through and I tripped along in double-plop in the middle of nowhere.
My feet were fairly tough and the sand didn't bother me too much, but the stickers and red ants soon found the tender spots between my toes.
Finally I stopped, sat on my blanket roll, and pondered my dirty feet with little red pricks and bites all over them.
Very colorful, large format hardcover (however, the cover of the copy I have in stock is faded and has a taped binding). The canyon rim looked even farther away and I wondered if I had been walking backward or something. I drank some of my water and slumped in the dirt on the big flat in the miserable west desert.Going back seemed the only way for me. I drowsed in the pungent shade of a sagebrush for a few minutes, and as I lay there, all my thoughts disappeared.
I could feel the thump of my heart as it performed its duty without any effort or desire on my part.Slowly, I felt thumpings coming through the ground under me.
I just lay there, straining.In a few minutes, I heard a muffled growl and a spitting noise. Sloping upward away from the hole was a ramp of dirt tailings that peaked sharply at its top, clearly testifying to the enormous amount of earth moving that had taken place there.The muffled growls and hissing were coming from the hole. It was a badger, a big one, coming out of the den backward!My curiosity faded as fear swept over me. I could hear my heart right between my ears.Old Badger came out of the earth and backed up the long dirt ramp. This brought the stone to the top of the mound, but it slipped from his grip and went rolling back down the ramp and into the hole.
Old Badger finally lumbered back into the ground grumbling and hissing with typical badger temperament. I could hear him deep underground almost beneath me, spitting and struggling.Presently Old Badger's rump emerged and once again he backed up the dirt ramp, pulling the stone along.
Old Badger spat out a whole string of unique sounds and followed the path of the stone back into the ground.The badger and the stone repeated the same dance over and over again until I became weary of watching. His situation seemed hopeless, with the ready-made ramp and track for that stone to roll back on.
I wanted to crawl over and give him a hand.Then, on about the fourteenth attempt, Old Badger held onto the stone and pulled it over the crest. So taken was I by the drama of the badger and the stone that I forgot how dangerous badgers were and how very, very close my nose was to his.
The sudden tension I felt must have caused a movement or a vibration that reached the senses of Old Badger. Without any show of anger or bluff he gave me a nod, a last blink, and slipped smoothly down the ramp into his new den. Then I realized that my heart had stopped pounding and I felt warm, at ease, and somehow very privileged.I slipped on my torn moccasins, picked up my gear, and started to leave. I stepped quickly over to the dirt mound, picked up the stone, and walked quickly away from the badger's den. To my surprise it turned out to be a broken half of a well-crafted Indian mano, or handstone.
I spit right into the breeze and pointed my tattered toes westward toward the ever thickening black line of No Name Canyon. I plopped along for almost a mile before realizing that my despair and give-up-itis was completely gone. My feet still suffered from the loose stitchings in my moccasins, but not unbearably as before. What had Old Badger done to make such a change in the way I felt in this harsh and endless desert? Bob Burnham and I had completed the finest grass-thatched shelter ever made by fourteen-year-olds! We would eat a feast in the new shelter.Inside the wickiup, I tended a small fire and slowly built it up so a hot bed of cooking coals would be ready when Bob returned. We had placed all our gear inside and there was still plenty of room for two to stretch out on each side of the firepit. Outside, patches of snow cooled the breezes, but none of it reached through the thick grass matting of the structure.
I was lying at the back and the doorway was aflame as well as the whole front slope clear to the top. My heart jumped and I plunged headfirst right through the side of our carefully and lovingly laid wickiup wall.
I rolled into a snow patch, slapping and yelling at burning bits of my clothes and hair.It only took seconds for the wickiup to reach a peak of flame and heat enough to ruin most of our survival gear. He must know what type of shelter is most appropriate for a given situation and understand that the techniques used for building it depend upon need and time. Most shelters should be built according to a few basic specifications; however, special circumstances such as rain or snowstorms or extremely cold weather may dictate any kind of makeshift protection that can be built in a hurry. Nevertheless, after a degree of protection has been achieved, a semipermanent shelter should be constructed to assure safety in the event that conditions get worse.Building for survival requires more than a minimum of effort and calls for sound planning.
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