Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Subsist in the Wilderness

Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Subsist in the Wilderness

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 1579127533

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Survival Wisdom is a large-scale practical guide, jam-packed with information on every aspect of outdoor life and adventure.

Survival Wisdom & Know-How is the most complete, all-in-one volume on every aspect of outdoor adventure and survival ever, from orienteering to campfire cooking to ice climbing and beyond. Culled from dozens of respected books from Stackpole, the industry's leader in outdoor adventure, this massive collection of wilderness know-how leaves absolutely nothing to chance when it comes to surviving and thriving in the wilderness—and appreciating every minute of it.

Topics include Building Outdoor Shelter, Tracking Animals, Winter Camping, Tying Knots, Orienteering, Reading the Weather, Identifying Edible Plants and Berries, Surviving in the Desert, Bird Watching, Fishing and Ice Fishing, Hunting and Trapping, Canoeing, Kayaking, and White Water Rafting, First Aid, Wild Animals, Cookery, and much more. Useful illustrations and photos throughout make it easy to browse and use. With contributions by the experts at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as well as the editors of Stackpole's Discover Nature series, Survival Wisdom & Know-How is the definitive, must-have reference for the great outdoors.

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stability. SLAP BRACE (LOW BRACE MANEUVER) A slap brace is a reflex stroke that you can use when rapid recovery is necessary. To perform this stroke, hold the paddle in the low brace position (see above right) and strike the water on the bracing side with the back side of the blade. The movement should allow you enough momentary stability to quickly regain control of your vessel. A slap brace is used when rapid recovery is needed. High Bracing Strokes High bracing strokes are helpful

current, the boat can push you against an obstruction and pin you there. Don’t get caught between your boat and a rock, and always be ready to let go of the boat if it’s dragging you into a dangerous situation—it can be replaced. Rope Rescue A basic rule of river ethics is that every paddler should be prepared to rescue himself or others. Rope throwing is an essential rescue technique for whitewater paddlers. Every kayak in a group should carry a throw bag and every paddler should be

blowing at 20 knots. With increasing wind strength, gusts become more important and may be 50 percent higher than the average wind speed. When wind strength increases to a hurricane force of 64 knots or more, soldiers should lay on the ground during gusts and continue moving during lulls. If a hurricane-force wind blows where there is sand or snow, dense clouds fill the air. The rocky debris or chunks of snow crust are hurled near the surface. During the winter season, or at high altitudes,

into the field, I choose to take none. In the field I concentrate on observations, often taking notes on a small pad. This forces me to spend lots of time with the books at home. Ultimately, spending time paging through your guides and imagining encounters with those birds are the best things you can do to improve your birding skills. I recommend that you start birding without binoculars. At first, you just need to be able to spot birds—birds that quietly sneak off into the brush or zip into

prevent you from getting out of the area quickly, yet where it is readily accessible. One important aspect of prior planning is preventive medicine. Ensuring that you have no dental problems and that your immunizations are current will help you avoid potential dental or health problems. A dental problem in a survival situation will reduce your ability to cope with other problems that you face. Failure to keep your shots current may mean your body is not immune to diseases that are prevalent in

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