Wilderness Survival Handbook: Primitive Skills for Short-Term Survival and Long-Term Comfort

Wilderness Survival Handbook: Primitive Skills for Short-Term Survival and Long-Term Comfort

Michael Pewtherer

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0071484671

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An essential guide to everything you need to stay sheltered, fed, healthy, and safe in the backcountry

Organized around the six essentials of survival (shelter, water, food, fire, comfort and health, and navigation), Wilderness Survival Handbook covers 100 skills and techniques, including preserving fire, building pit shelters, toolmaking, stoneboiling cookery, and trapping and hunting animals with handmade tools and weapons. By mastering these skills, you will be able to survive with few tools or provisions in any wilderness setting--forest, plain, desert, or tundra--in nearly any part of the world.

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you should have a big pile of leaves (check them for ants before putting them on your shelter). Start gathering leaves . . . lots and lots of leaves. Keep gathering leaves; do not stop. Cover the entire shelter with SHELTER mounds of leaves, and then pack them down. The most effective packing technique I have found is to actually slide the leaves down along the ribs. Basically, I reach up to the top of the pile and bring my hands downward in the same direction as the ribbing. It is shockingly

basins have one or more exit points at or near the surface where, if they contain water, it can be seen seeping or trickling out. Such subterranean basins may hold anywhere from a few cups to thousands of gallons and may drain in a few days or over the course of months. Just because a map shows a spring, stream, or other water source at a certain location does not mean that it is a reliable water source. Nor does the lack of a marked water source mean that no water is to be had. I have had the

need to think carefully about the location; i.e., does the surrounding landscape direct passersby away from or toward your shelter? When you are excavating the pit, it is a good idea to temporarily remove the natural ground litter (leaves, sticks, grasses, small plants) from the area where you will deposit the diggings unless you have a tarp. This will prevent freshly dug dirt from being clearly visible on top of the ground cover. Make the support shelf lower to accommodate the following door:

mind. It may be warm now, but what will the temperature drop to at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m.? Or at seven thousand feet? Do you have enough clothing to change into if you become soaked? Are you prepared for any eventuality? Keep these questions in mind as you prepare for a trip. For colder weather, this includes an outer shell that effectively blocks the wind and repels the rain and an inner layer (or layers) that creates plenty of dead air space that can be heated effectively by your body. In cool

Shelled acorns are also subject to theft by crit- vice, even though white oaks can produce ters, so beware. high numbers of acorns, good years are spo- • Hot leaching: Acorns, crushed or whole, are radic, occurring once every four to ten years. boiled in changes of water until the water Sometimes a few years will pass with no crop remains clear or only lightly colored. Accord- at all. Even in good years not every tree will ing to Karen Sherwood of Earthwalk North- produce a heavy crop

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