Outdoor Survival Skills

Outdoor Survival Skills

Larry Dean Olsen

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 1556523238

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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. In this new edition, anecdotes from the author's lifetime of experience provide thrilling examples of the skills and attitudes that ensure survival outdoors.

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center of the inside circle. From the inside, fill any cracks or holes with strips of loose grass and remove any hanging strands that might catch in the fire or tickle the back of your neck. A covering for the door can be made by making an extra skirt of grass with three or more strands of weave. It may be secured to a willow frame if desired. Living arrangements in a grass wickiup require some basic etiquette and a lot of caution. Keep all bedding materials securely away from the fire. This can

ground near civilization. Its young shoots rise from the ground in early spring and later become tall and branching, bearing red berries (colorplate 2). Preparation and Uses: The young shoots can be eaten raw or cooked and prepared like domestic asparagus. Beeplant; C/eome Description: Beeplants are annual herbs with stems that are one to three feet tall. The leaves are branching with three leaflets, and the seedpods are one to two inches in length. The flowers are yellow or rose-purple,

hooks to line. Fig. 96. Making hooks from bird bone. 136 OUTDOOR SURVIVAL SKILLS • The ring is then cut in two places, and the result is two hooks, which must be sharpened and then attached to a lead line (Fig. 96). Hooks are attached to the line by a tight wrapping of fine string or fiber. The hook shank is first notched and then smeared with pitch or some other sticky substance. After the wrapping is attached, it is sealed to the hook with pitch. Hooks can be successfully tied onto the

they must know how to use nature's materials effectively (Fig. 110). The following explanations of a few of the more important methods of making and using primitive tools will be helpful, but common sense and the realization that many other methods will also work is the key. The skills discussed here are presented exactly as I have used them while living off the land. They appear in this order: working stone, working bone, constructing bows and arrows, constructing atlatls and spears, making

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. Then a furry rump emerged. It was a badger, a big one, coming out of the den backward! My curiosity faded as fear swept over me. I was too close. Every boy in southern Idaho knew that badgers didn't back down from a fight. They chased worse than cactus. I was barefoot; no chance to

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