Wilderness & Outdoor Survival Book List

Wilderness & Outdoor Survival Book List
After putting together the 10 essentials, you've realized that you don't really know how to use all of the equipment and aren't quite prepared to face a survival situation in the wilderness. Prior to your trip, take the time to familiarize yourself with basic survival techniques. Each of these books are excellent resources on survival topics.

How to Survive Anything, Anywhere

This extensive survival guide was written by Dr. Chris McNab. He has written multiple books on survival techniques. The book provides a comprehensive approach to survival. It includes 500 techniques along with illustrations. Chapters include those aimed at specific environments such as "Polar Climates" and "Tropical Survival", as well as more general survival topics such as "Making Fire" and "Survival Navigation."

US Army Field Manual 3-05.70

This is the survival guide used by the United States Army. It provides a detailed look at survival, beginning from the psychology of survival and extending to terrain, circumstances and topics. This extensive guide provides skills and information on just about any survival topic that you're likely to face.

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

A slightly different approach to the topic of survival, this book by Laurence Gonzales is a historical look at survival situations that breaks down why some people have survived near-impossible odds and others have failed. The book provides an intriguing look at the human element of survival through true stories. While it doesn't provide any concrete instructional information, the book does get the reader thinking more deeply about psychology, spirit and survival.

SAS Survival Handbook

Written by John Wiseman, a veteran of the British Special Air Service, this book is a collection of training techniques used by the SAS. The book provides a thorough look at survival in any type of situation. It includes topics such as first aid, fire building, plant identification and disaster preparedness. A smaller, condensed version of the book called the SAS Survival Guide is also available. It would be an excellent addition to your wilderness survival kit.

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain

This book written by Bruce Tremper, director of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center, is an excellent resource for backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers and anyone else that finds themselves in danger of setting off an avalanche. The entire book is devoted to avalanche science, identification and survival. It is organized according to the American Avalanche Association's courses.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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