Outdoor Survival Manual – A step-by-step guide to practical bush craft and survival outdoors.
For many years Haynes Publishing have been best known for their car workshop manuals but in recent years they have branched out in different areas. Their skill of translating complex processes in to easy to follow guides makes virtually no subject out of their reach and it was inevitable that they eventually would touch upon the subject of bushcraft and survival.
The Outdoor Survival Manual offers practical, how-to instructions for survival in the most extreme terrains and environments on earth. Written by former Royal Marine Commando and survival expert, Dave Pearce, this title outlines how to stay alive anywhere from the desert to the arctic as well as providing advice for everyday trips in to the woods for the novice.
What is refreshing about this title and, something that I wish was more common, is that the manual uses photographs of real-life demonstrations of the various techniques outlined in the text. This is an important element for today’s youngsters who are looking to learn outdoors skills from a book. This mainly due to the way that they are used to absorbing content which is through visuals rather than text alone.
As you would expect from Haynes, the book features very clear and simple step-by-step instructions covering a range of different topics vital to surviving in the wild. The manual includes a fairly comprehensive section on camp craft skills such as making fire and nicely illustrates each element involved in it’s creation which again is refreshing to see as often these techniques are left to lines drawings in other titles which can be confusing for the novice bushcrafter.
The content covers a good cross section of topics including; essential equipment, navigation techniques, camp craft, water collection, foraging, basic first aid, signalling and alerting, beating the cold and coping with heat as well as the different environmental challenges you may face.
Been there, done that…
The author, Dave Pearce, has worked with the likes of explorer Bruce Parry and Bear Grylls for whom he acted as survival and safety consultant on the Discovery Channel’s Born Survivor TV series. Dave is no slouch when it comes to his own adventures and has climbed Mount Everest’s challenging North Face, followed in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton across Greenland using only equipment from the period as well as taking part in several large long term expeditions – so the fella knows a thing or two about survival and that is something that is really reflected in the content.
Is it worth a read?
This title is a good introduction to the various survival and bushcraft skills that form the core knowledge that people should know before venturing out into the wild. Overall I think that Haynes and Dave Pearce have produced a title that is well worth the cover price and something I would advise people new to bushcraft to perhaps read before they dive in the heavier tomes on the subject.
A nice and simple introduction to the skills of survival and bushcraft.