I am interested in some information, if you can help me.
If you were to go into the wilderness with no prior knowledge of how to survive what books would be the best to take?
Which handbooks are the best and give the best variety of details and skills?
They should include at least:
-surviving in many different areas and making shelters with what there is (woodlands, tundra, desert, etc)
-how to get food (trapping, hunting, gathering, etc)
-navigation and common signs
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help
@thoughtless, Yeah, I can’t learn much watching those stupid survival shows, so I need some practical knowledge so that I can gain some practical experience.
So far I came up with one or two good books just scanning the web: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061733199/ref=gno_cart_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
This one is gets good reviews.
@thoughtless, this may be another good one, but then again I am no authority. http://www.amazon.com/product-reviews/1569756503/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1
@backcase, “If you were to go into the wilderness with no prior knowledge of how to survive what books would be the best to take?”
I wouldn’t just go into the wild without having read and become familiar with all those books first. You don’t want to go out there and read about what you need to do as you need to do it, you won’t have time to keep up with the situations. Spend a long time reading first, and bring maps of the place you’ll be going. Really get to know these maps.
Basically DON’T go out there with no knowledge of the wilderness like that McCandless guy. People think he’s a hero for some reason, I think he was an idiot. Do your studying from the comfort of your home, then go live in the wild once you have skills.
@theskafish, Thanks for the advice. I was planning on studying the materials first, but I said it like that to get the material I wanted.
Some people have to go right out there with nothing, and I want something that will give me a good primer knowledge yno?
I’ve never heard of the guy you’ve mentioned btw.
@backcase, coming from someone who has been in the woods their whole life: you need years of practice not just a manual. dont go into the wilderness with nothing, i just dont want you to die the first time. you have to ween yourself of things. it all has to be learned hands on
@rizzle, yeah, I was thinking of practicing the practices that are shown in the book. I don’t know when I would have to do it, but it would be good to at least have some prior knowledge.
I would not be going at this for fun, but only when the need arises. If that need arose now, then what? I have no knowledge but I still have a will to live. So I’d have to go from there.
@backcase, I would recommend you find those that actually have done it. Look around in your college campuses or coffee shops. Someone. They can be online too, but preferably in person. Please don’t go into the wilderness. Don’t let anyone tell you “Oh it’ll be in an adventure dude!” No, you’re playing with death bro. As said above read books online but I still say you actually talk to folks that have actually done it. It’s not the safest thing depending where you are. Bears and snakes aren’t fun.. Best of luck in your endeavors though brother. Either way I know you’ll have fun and learn more about yourself and the world around.
@backcase, I picked up “When Technology Fails” by Matthew Stein. It’s a fairly large book but covers all your bases like building structures, foraging/growing your own food, first aid, even stuff about energy and water. It’s a well-researched book and includes dozens more sources on each subject in each chapter. Though it’s more a book of survival after society collapses, it’s a good starting place and reference book at the least. The extra sources are great too.
Best of luck