The Self-Reliance Manifesto: Essential Outdoor Survival Skills

The Self-Reliance Manifesto: Essential Outdoor Survival Skills

Len McDougall

Language: English

Pages: 320


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Storm approaching? Need a fire? Out of water? Lost? Whatever situation you find yourself in, Len McDougall has probably been there himself and can get you out of trouble. He reveals his way of living and teaches readers how to have the same confidence in any scenario. In this comprehensive, fully-illustrated guide, McDougall reveals how to make water safe for drinking, build a fire in any conditions, find and build shelter, use basic medical skills, and more. McDougall has field-tested everything from kayaks, backpacks, and boots to cameras, tents, and water filters, and because of his research and experience, everyone can feel more safe.

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may be pulled directly from the water and swung onto shore. Larger, stronger fish are best pulled horizontally onto shore, not lifting them out of the water, because some species are 127 notorious for breaking even heavy line with a sharp snap of their heads. Never let the line go slack when pulling in a fish, or it might escape using the same maneuver. FISHING FLOATS Fishing floats, or “bobbers,” have been used for as long as there have been fishing poles. The advantage of a bobber is that

single set are one fishhook, one or two split-shot 130 sinkers (depending on current), 10 feet of 10-pound test monofilament fishing line, a flexible green sapling, and a stout anchor stake fashioned from dead wood. Since more sets increases the volume of successes, a basic lightweight fishing kit for home or backpack should start with a 50-yard spool of fishing line, two dozen assorted split-shot sinkers, and 100 assorted fishhooks safely contained inside a capped plastic bottle. The anchor

opposite swivel. Pull the cord through until this first loop in the ranger sling is parallel to and identical to the master loop. Double the free end back through the opposite swivel, and add another identical loop over the doorknob. And so on. This is the tedious part, threading consecutive loops back and forth between swivels until they’ve consumed 100 feet of cord. But be comforted by knowing that with every loop you add, the remaining cord grows shorter. When you’ve threaded all but 10 feet

natural protections from the elements, we humans are born with a primal desire to be sheltered. Few people today have been subjected to conditions that demanded they build a shelter for their immediate survival, and the fundamentals of shelter construction have not had real value in most normal lives in a long time. Even if we take it for granted, nothing is more fundamental to human survival than shelter from the elements; among mammals, only our species is in peril from simple naked exposure to

affix cords to trees instead of staking them. One important mark of a quality tent or bivouac shelter is the presence of taped seams in the rain fly. These are identified as flat strips of waterproofed fabric, usually the same material as the rain fly, covering seam joints where the rain fly was sewn together. Taped seams are more expensive on the manufacturing end, but they virtually guarantee a waterproof roof, and their presence usually indicates a quality product. This ultra light

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