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The survival handbook : essential skills for outdoor adventure.

Author: Colin Towell
Publisher: New York : DK, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second American EditionView all editions and formats
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From planning an expedition, to packing essential kits, to discovering what to do on a trail, The Survival Handbook is an invaluable tool when you're in the great outdoors. Among a myriad of outdoor skills, it teaches readers how to make shelters, find water, and spot, catch, and cook wild food. And if there's an emergency, it shows which essential first-aid techniques to use when, how to mount a rescue, and even  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Towell
ISBN: 9780756690380 0756690382
OCLC Number: 777827358
Notes: Written by Colin Towell.
Includes index.
Description: 319 pages : color illustrations, maps (some colored) ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Before You Go --
Introduction: Prepare Yourself --
Getting into Shape --
Mental Preparation --
Planning Your Journey --
Emergency Plan of Action --
Introduction: Know Your Environment --
Temperate Environments --
Tropical Environments --
Mountain Environments --
Desert Environments --
Cold Environments --
Marine Environment --
Introduction: Get the Right Gear --
Choosing Your Kit --
Choosing a Backpack --
Dressing for the Outdoors --
Extreme Survival-In the Wilderness --
Sleeping Systems --
Eating on the Trail --
Camping Stoves --
Your Survival Kit. 2. On the Trail --
Introduction: Find Your Way --
Maps and Map-Reading --
Get your Bearings --
Route Finding --
Navigating Without a Compass --
Natural Navigation --
How Weather Works --
Weather Phenomena --
Understanding Local Weather --
Introduction: Make a Move --
Traveling on Foot --
Crossing Rivers --
Scrambling and Climbing --
Extreme Survival-In the Mountains --
Moving Over Snow --
Using Pack Animals --
Four-Wheel Driving --
Kayaking and Canoeing --
Building a Raft --
Swimming. 3. Camp Craft --
Introduction: Camp Essentials --
Organizing Your Site --
Staying Clean --
Making Fire --
The Elements of Fire --
Char Cloth and Fire Can --
Types of Fire --
Making Sparks and Flames --
Extreme Survival-In the Desert --
Fire by Friction --
Introduction: Manual Skills --
Man-Made Cordage --
Natural Cordage --
Tying Knots --
Using Cutting Tools. 4. Taking Shelter --
Introduction: Taking Shelter --
Hollows and Caves --
Use-Anywhere Shelters --
Forest Shelters --
Tropical Shelters --
Extreme Survival-In the Jungle --
Desert Shelters --
Shoreline Shelters --
Snow Shelters. 5. Water and Food --
Introduction: Find and Treat Water --
The Importance of Water --
Finding Water: Temperate Climates --
Finding Water: Hot Climates --
Finding Water: Cold Climates --
Finding Water: At Sea --
Carrying and Storing Water --
Treating Water --
Introduction: Find and Prepare Food --
Wild Cooking --
Edible Plants --
Catching Fish --
Preparing Fish --
Extreme Survival-Adrift at Sea --
Trapping Animals --
Preparing Small Mammals --
Preparing Large Mammals --
Preparing Other Animals --
Catching Birds --
Preparing Birds. 6. In an Emergency --
Introduction: In an Emergency --
Assessing Your Situation --
Attracting Rescuers --
Wild Animals --
Extreme Survival-In Cold Conditions --
Environmental Hazards --
Surviving at Sea. 7. First Aid --
Introduction: First Aid --
First Aid Essentials --
Flesh Wounds --
Bites and Stings --
Poisonous Plants and Intestinal Parasites --
Bones, Joints, and Muscles --
Treating Exposure --
Treating Shock --
Breathing Difficulties --
Unconsciousness --
Moving a Casualty. Appendix --
Wild Food: Temperate Plants --
Desert Plants --
Tropical Plants --
Plants in Cold Climates --
Coastal Plants --
Mammals --
Birds --
Amphibians and Reptiles --
Fish --
Invertebrates --
Natural Danger: Wild Animals --
Insects and Arachnids --
Poisonous Plants.
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From planning an expedition, to packing essential kits, to discovering what to do on a trail, The Survival Handbook is an invaluable tool when you're in the great outdoors. Among a myriad of outdoor skills, it teaches readers how to make shelters, find water, and spot, catch, and cook wild food. And if there's an emergency, it shows which essential first-aid techniques to use when, how to mount a rescue, and even how to get yourself found. --Publisher.

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