Stay Alive!: Survival Skills You Need

Stay Alive!: Survival Skills You Need

John D. McCann

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 1440218307

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Having a survival kit is not enough -- You must know what to do with it!

An emergency can arise at anytime, and everyone from the average commuter to the risk-taking sportsman can benefit from knowing basic survival skills. Armed with the techniques in "Survival Skills You Need," you will be prepared to survive.

Building on the essentials presented in his first book, "Build the Perfect Survival Kit," author John D. McCann details the survivor mentality required to survive common emergencies, then goes on to explain the component skill categories that you must execute to stay alive, including:

  • Survival kits
  • Knives & tools
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Water
  • Signaling for help
  • Navigating your way to safety
  • Food
  • First aid

With more than 300 full-color photos, "Survival Skills You Need" provides clear, detailed solutions for surviving emergencies during adventure, sport and travel.

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plain edged One Hand Trekker, one of which rides in a shoulder strap pouch on each of my packs. Both of these knives have an excellent saw which is great for cutting the “V” notch in a fire board for a bow and drill or to start a notch on a trap. The author has had this Ka-Bar folder (top) forever and it is still a good knife. In the second row is a SOG 4-1/2 drop point Flash II (left), and a Benchmade Griptilian drop point (right). The bottom row shows one of the larger folders made by Cold

the thumb and forefinger of the hand not holding the knife. If sitting, hold the item being cut out past your knees. Rest your elbows on your knees when possible which will ensure you are cutting out past your knees and legs. Many injuries occur when a knife slips and the user stabs or cuts their own legs or knees. I have often seen cuts occur because somebody set their knife down while doing something else, then turned around or reached and were cut by their own knife. When you are not

is a triple-frequency whistle and has a lanyard hole. I use this whistle in my tin kits. The ACR Signal Whistle was designed for aid in both land and sea rescues. It has a unique flat design and is only 0.25 inch thick, great for packaging in a survival kit. It also meets USCG/SOLAS requirements and has a loud, shrill, dual tone. It measures only 1x2x0.25 inches and weighs only 1.4 ounces. Top row, from left to right: the Storm Whistle, Windstorm and the Fox 40 Classic whistle. Bottom: the Fox

also uses a Xenon bulb, and like the ACR unit, has a flashlight built in to make it even more useful. The switch is magnetic and can easily be activated with gloved hands. The unit is double o-ring sealed and withstands up to 100m (300ft) under water. It does float if dropped on the surface. Due to the unique nature of this module, only a clear strobe is offered. The Guardian by eGear is more a safety strobe than an emergency strobe, but is visible over one mile from a front view, and 1/4 mile

Route 9, you have a base line to the east and the west. Therefore if you head in either of those two directions, you can’t miss a baseline. Handrails Handrails are geographic landmarks or manmade features that can be used to ensure you are heading in a specific direction. This could be a river, mountain ridge, or power lines, railroad track, etc. They allow you to navigate, often without your map and compass, and yet keep in a general direction. A good example was used under base lines above,

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