Wilderness survival skill is generally thought of as being from hands-on experience, and that part of the learning process should be strongly emphasized. Still, having good field manuals for expert advice is a benefit, because they contain hard-learned lessons that may save your life. Many such books are readily available at book stores.
Tom Brown's Field Guide To Wilderness Survival
Tom Brown Jr. has his own tracking school in the pine barrens of New Jersey, as a well as large library of fascinating literary efforts that he has published over the years, concerning the art of tracking and survival. One of these books is a guidebook, entitled, Tom Brown's Field Guide To Wilderness Survival. Beginning with a chapter on attitude and ending with a discussions of cautions, this guide contains over 250 pages of excellent advice. One of the major benefits of the book is that, it is an excellent reference for edible plants. One of his best observations reads, "I want to emphasize that this book cannot do your surviving for you."
The SAS Survival Handbook by John iseman
SAS stands for (British) Special Air Service, and this 300-page manual is what the British special forces use to supplement their military training. The manual is written by an experienced survival instructor and covers all parts and climates of the world. The best parts concern campcraft and the trapping and snaring of animals. The info on edible plants might have to be supplemented by local knowledge, but all in all it is a highly recommended book. Also of note, this book comes in a pocket-sized edition for in-field reference.
Cache Lake Country by John J. Rowlands
This book is a story that takes place in Canada, just after WW II and is only included because the story is illustrated by hundreds of informative drawings, explaining what Mr. Rowlands learned when he retreated to the North Woods of eastern Canada. His year in the woods is made particularly rich by the company of a local Cree Indian, who shows the author numerous survival tools and outdoor Native craft that one needs to survive in the North Country. From how to make maple syrup (in the Indian way) to how to carve fish lures from twigs this book is filled with much useful advice, all done through the process of storytelling. All in all, this timeless book is a good story and outdoor guide, all included under one cover.
Article Written By Henri Bauholz
Henri Bauholz is a professional writer covering a variety of topics, including hiking, camping, foreign travel and nature. He has written travel articles for several online publications and his travels have taken him all over the world, from Mexico to Latin America and across the Atlantic to Europe.