Survive Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere Alive review ✓ 9

Survive Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere Alive

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An up to the minute survival guide from the creator of Survivorman explores how to stay alive in the wild in the jungle in the desert and in urban disastersFrom the sun scorched sands of the Kalahari to the snake infested jungles of the Les Stroud has made a life of surviving in the harshest and most remote regions on EarthNow the creator producer and host of the hit television program Survivorman transfers his decades of knowledge and experience to the pages of Survive a practi Many of these books are a chore to read They can be like textbooks manuals lectures field guides etc Basically the sorts of books that 5% of the population enjoys reading 10% of the population can be convinced to read and most of the rest would have to be forced to read This book was enjoyable I suspect that some might consider it light but a book that is fun to read and is actually read cover to cover can offer a lot benefit to people than 'solid' books sitting on bookshelves waiting to be read after an emergency occurs BTW I have those books 5 or 6 of them Some I will read front to back Some I will scan so that WTSHTF I will know where to look for the knowledge I need So I am bumping my rating of this book after writing this review

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Cal guide that gives everyday readers a no nonsense look at the real world of survivalStroud offers readers the essential skills and tactics necessary to endure in any corner of the globe along with a wealth of insider information born of his own experiences in the outdoors and unavailable in any other book Readers will learnHow to make a survival shelter and why a lean to is largely a waste of timeWhy survival kits are important and why you should make your ownWhere to find water Well this is a tough book for me to review It's not a novel or a story it's like a manual or handbook If you are looking for excitement you won't find it in this book but I did find a lot of it interesting One problem people might have with this book is that it is very specific and wouldn't appeal to a wide audience but I guess if you own the book or are reading it you find survival appealing If you want to learn how to survive or are taking a trip where survival might become a necessity this is hands down the right book to read Even if you are interested in the outdoors or like camping I would recommend this book Les Stroud knows what he is doing and explains it well I mean you don't get a TV show called Survivorman without knowing what you are talking about Anyway I felt at times the book got repetitive but I guess that can help you learn the information and recall it if you do ever find yourself in a survival situation Basically what this boils down to is If you are outdoorsy andor interested in survival read this book If you could care less about the stuff skip it Although survival skills are not without their merit The Killing Of Katie Steelstock problem Birthday people might have with this book is that it is very specific and wouldn't appeal to a wide audience but I guess if you own the book or are reading it you find survival appealing If you want to learn how to survive or are taking a trip where survival might become a necessity this is hands down the right book to read Even if you are interested in the outdoors or like camping I would recommend this book Les Stroud knows what he is doing and explains it well I mean you don't get a TV show called Survivorman without knowing what you are talking about Anyway I felt at times the book got repetitive but I guess that can help you learn the information and recall it if you do ever find yourself in a survival situation Basically what this boils down to is If you are outdoorsy andor interested in survival read this book If you could care less about the stuff skip it Although survival skills are not without their merit

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And why drinking contaminated water is sometimes warrantedHow to locate and trap small animals and why the notion of tracking and hunting large game is largely a pipe dreamWhether seasoned in the outdoor arts or new to adventuring all readers will learn something from Survive Stroud's many colorful anecdotes and cut to the chase philosophy not only make for an entertaining read but also enhance anyone's ability to focus on the main goal when everything else has gone wrong survival Surprisingly devoid of usable information for a book of its size Nearly 400 pages of pop survival in which the author creator of the television show Survivorman briefly lists a bunch of bullet points outlining things that are mostly common sense He leaps around between subjects takes a jab at his competitor Man vs Wild and constantly contradicts himself often saying you should do something and in the next sentence saying you shouldn't He does this several times when it comes to water he keeps recommending that you drink untreated water at regular intervals if you don't have anything else to drink then briefly touches on the fact you could ingest untreatable stomach parasites without naming any then says it's possible that won't notice them for a few weeks anyway He keeps recommending you eat charcoal if your stomach is bothering you but never from poisonous wood sources though he doesn't say anything about how to identify the poisonous sources I was looking forward to the chapter on dangers and hazards but there was really nothing of value to read there Again he lists a few creatures you should watch out for but doesn't detail anything also saying that if you run into a large predator you should make as much noise as possible but also move stealthily look at them in the face but they could take eye contact as a challenge etc He lists a few dangerous animals and then notes in parenthesis that he doesn't have to elaborate as if the fact that the animal is big should be explanation enough on how to deal with an encounter with itSimilarly in a section on food in the wilderness the author says that you probably shouldn't eat any plants because they could be poisonous but if you are going to outlines a step by step guide on eating which includes rubbing the plant on your skin and leaving it in your mouth for a few hours while not even beginning to say anything about which kinds of plants you should be eating or not eating in the first place To me this felt like he just didn't feel like getting into all that a sign that you should be looking for a substantive text if you're actually looking for something that will help you surviveThroughout the book Stroud delights in throwing in uick recollections of his personal exploits but none of these seem to have any lessons and they rarely go with whatever he was just talking about Several of these he presents with the conviction that it was his most dangerous survival moment as if he forgot he's said this about two different moments already The few useful lessons in this book such as a section on first aid probably aren't enough that I would recommend it to anyone that genuinely wants to learn about survival The author or accurately ghostwriter never goes into detail and the length of the text is mostly just rambling endless bullet points and repeating things he's already said I would suggest something academic or better yet an actual survival course James Bond Encyclopedia pipe dreamWhether seasoned in the outdoor arts or new to adventuring all readers will learn something from Survive Stroud's many colorful anecdotes and cut to the chase Smoking with Crohn's philosophy not only make for an entertaining read but also enhance anyone's ability to focus on the main goal when everything else has gone wrong survival Surprisingly devoid of usable information for a book of its size Nearly 400 Everyone's Guide To Food Self Sufficiency pages of Ninety Days pop survival in which the author creator of the television 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10 thoughts on “Survive Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere Alive

  1. says:

    Les Stroud's SurviveWk41; Bk41Meet Les Stroud also known as Survivorman I've been kind of hooked on this guy for the past few weeks I don't know what it is about survival and adventure in the great outdoors but I am absolutely enad with it all I always have been; however I'm never able to get out uite as much as I would like to which is all my fault I've read my fair share of survival manualsbooks hand and hand with simple living texts Some of the survivor books were gimmicky like Cody Lundin's 986 Degrees The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive some of them were technical and saturated with information such as John Lofty Wiseman's SAS Survival Handbook How to Survive in the Wild in Any Climate on Land or at Sea and others were purely fascinating such as the Foxfire Series Les Stroud's book is a combination of all threeSurvive's lay out is almost a complete replica of Wiseman's SAS Survival Handbook The colors of both book's pages are orange and black with the occasional Author's Tip that is interjected between paragraphs in a little orange box that provides information or short survival true stories such as When traveling take particularly good care of your feet If you have extra socks change them regularly and avoid walking in wet footgear Survive 224However Stroud's book doesn't provide nearly as many illustrations as Wiseman's which I feel is a draw back Wiseman's text is filled with in depth illustrations of knot tying trap setting first aid techniues weather patterns star formations etc Stroud opts to cut out a lot of the imagery there are still uite a few photos I think I understand why Stroud chose to keep the images to a minimum and that's because almost everything he covers in the book is actually filmed and available through his show Survivorman The show works in tandem with the book which actually makes both media even enjoyable I suggest tackling this book using the dvds of Stroud's show as a companion It's really cool to read something he mentions in the book and think Hey I saw that episodeWhen compared to Lundin's 986 Degrees Stroud comes off as a little reliable and a lot less cocky Lundin's text is pretty matter of fact whereas Stroud's is very didactic The one spot that 986 Degrees beats Survive reverts back to once again imagery Lundin presents colored photos which is very helpful for obvious reasons Stroud's photos are all black and white which makes it difficult whenever he's discussing a photo I'm thinking particularly of his wonderful lesson on using topographical maps and an orienteering compassThe best thing about Survive is that it's fairly realistic Stroud doesn't spend time on anything that isn't a necessity to survival For example Wiseman's SAS Handbook gives in depth detail on hunting and dressing big game whereas Stroud teaches that if you're in a survival situation hunting big game isn't a good idea because it will exhaust you as well as endanger you When it comes right down to it Stroud brings survival back to basics and bare minimums Essentially Survive is an annotated version of the SAS HandbookSurvive's chapters are also formulaic which gives a great sense of cohesion Each chapter ends with what I will call a Region Specific section that covers the following regions Arid Deserts and Canyons; Boreal and Other Temperate Forests; Arctic and Polar regions; On the Sea or Open Water; Jungles; Coastal Regions; and finally Mountains This is a wonderful techniue because it allows for easy references So let's say that I was planning on taking a trip to the Rockies and I wanted to know the dangers of such a region All I would have to do is go to the end of the Dangers and Hazards chapter and check out the Mountains section Very very usefulNext upJM Coetzee's DisgraceWk42; Bk42


  2. says:

    Great tips on everything under the spectrum of wilderness know how and survival tips I certainly never plan to be lost in the wilderness but this gave me some good tips and ideas for the Appalachian trail hike I want to one day do


  3. says:

    Many of these books are a chore to read They can be like textbooks manuals lectures field guides etc Basically the sorts of books that 5% of the population enjoys reading 10% of the population can be convinced to read and most of the rest would have to be forced to read This book was enjoyable I suspect that some might consider it light but a book that is fun to read and is actually read cover to cover can offer a lot benefit to people than 'solid' books sitting on bookshelves waiting to be read after an emergency occurs BTW I have those books 5 or 6 of them Some I will read front to back Some I will scan so that WTSHTF I will know where to look for the knowledge I need So I am bumping my rating of this book after writing this review


  4. says:

    Les Stroud host of Survivorman has written a brief and concise book in which he has described basic survival strategies for every region of the world He emphasizes basics especially having a positive attitude and being able to creatively use what you have available to meet your survival needsWith all the varied travel options freuently used today by every age group it is not difficult to imagine a sudden survival situation arising on the ocean after a badly planned Seadoo or kayak rental a plane crash anywhere in the world a car breakdown in the desert or in a blizzard or even an extended power outage in your own homeThe author easily convinces the reader to have a basic survival kit in each vehicle in the home and on the person when in the wilderness He shows how to use the items creatively for short term survival He recounts many instances of readers telling him that watching his program saved their lives when they were in an unanticipated emergencyMany people think these circumstances cannot happen to them But even a day on the ski slope can turn suddenly treacherous with a blizzard whiteout conditions chair lifts no longer operating cell phone coverage lost or even worse being lost out of bounds A folded aluminum foil pot for melting snow matches a lightweight space blanket for insulation and one for sitting on a multi tool and small folding knife some protein bars and you can in two hours have a snow cave that is comfortably warm with a small fire inside with a small air intake and chimney keep dry have adeuate water and sleep and wait out the blizzard Or you can stand around all night stomping your feet trying to keep warm and end up in exhausted sleep from which you never wake up It is just a matter of being preparedWe don't think things like this can happen to us but if they do our lives are made much easier applying the knowledge in this bookThe book is brief but well explained and with many excellent picturesI have been in a few of the situations that he has described and have survived them with the same knowledge that is in this book But I learned by experience the hard way and by researching many books This might be the only book you need to read on this topic


  5. says:

    Well this is a tough book for me to review It's not a novel or a story it's like a manual or handbook If you are looking for excitement you won't find it in this book but I did find a lot of it interesting One problem people might have with this book is that it is very specific and wouldn't appeal to a wide audience but I guess if you own the book or are reading it you find survival appealing If you want to learn how to survive or are taking a trip where survival might become a necessity this is hands down the right book to read Even if you are interested in the outdoors or like camping I would recommend this book Les Stroud knows what he is doing and explains it well I mean you don't get a TV show called Survivorman without knowing what you are talking about Anyway I felt at times the book got repetitive but I guess that can help you learn the information and recall it if you do ever find yourself in a survival situation Basically what this boils down to is If you are outdoorsy andor interested in survival read this book If you could care less about the stuff skip it Although survival skills are not without their merit


  6. says:

    An easy read filled with only relevant Information that you could actually use in a survival situation None of the unrealistic practises that fill the pages of most of these type of books If you are an outdoorsman that's read 100 of these books or a city slicker that's read none pick this one up and have an entertaining read It might just save your life


  7. says:

    UPDATE I brought this book with me on a trip out into the bushand it did serve one really awesome purpose The pages burn pretty well and I used it to start a few fires That's about all it was good for although I'm not sure it's worth carrying cause it's too darn heavycorrection my better half has just informed me that the pages burned horribly Must have been thinking of a different survival book old review This book isokay It's got a nice strong cover and includes a DVD I mean I guess I just don't really understand what this book is for is this supposed to be a field guideor is it informational? The DVD just pretty much showed Les in a summer setting for an hour and then a winter setting for an hour I honestly didn't learn a whole lot from watching the DVD Now if that DVD went into detail on maybe some plant identification shelterroof thatching maybe detail of the basic traps and snares and general USEFUL information for a survival situation I might feel a little differently I guess I basically feel like I got better and useful information from Tom Brown's books but I view survival from a completely different standpoint than Les I just think the best way to include a dvd with a survival book is to SHOW what you're talking about in the book and I didnt feel like he did that at allAlso I'm not sure what this guy's deal is but he doesn't seem to have that magnetic connection to naturethe earthwilderness that some of the other survival teachers seem to have but Les's skills seem to do the job as he usually does surviveIf you're looking looking for a good general guide I suppose this will dobut there are lots of better options out there I can't imagine carrying this bulky book with me into the field He gives good information on things like eating charcoal and making tools but I'm not sure whether to trust some of the things he says simply because he'll often say something like other people may say NEVER to eat X but i'd say it's perfectly fine Hmmm do I trust the one guy who says to do it or the 99 guys who tell me not to?


  8. says:

    From a perspective of planning and taking a trip in the wild then getting into a survival situation Water fire shelter then food includes fishing trapping techniues and hunting Tips for moving location navigation and modes of transport A bit about dangers and hazards A chapter on weather and another on clothing Last 3 chapters deal with first aid and survival skills


  9. says:

    Surprisingly devoid of usable information for a book of its size Nearly 400 pages of pop survival in which the author creator of the television show Survivorman briefly lists a bunch of bullet points outlining things that are mostly common sense He leaps around between subjects takes a jab at his competitor Man vs Wild and constantly contradicts himself often saying you should do something and in the next sentence saying you shouldn't He does this several times when it comes to water he keeps recommending that you drink untreated water at regular intervals if you don't have anything else to drink then briefly touches on the fact you could ingest untreatable stomach parasites without naming any then says it's possible that won't notice them for a few weeks anyway He keeps recommending you eat charcoal if your stomach is bothering you but never from poisonous wood sources though he doesn't say anything about how to identify the poisonous sources I was looking forward to the chapter on dangers and hazards but there was really nothing of value to read there Again he lists a few creatures you should watch out for but doesn't detail anything also saying that if you run into a large predator you should make as much noise as possible but also move stealthily look at them in the face but they could take eye contact as a challenge etc He lists a few dangerous animals and then notes in parenthesis that he doesn't have to elaborate as if the fact that the animal is big should be explanation enough on how to deal with an encounter with itSimilarly in a section on food in the wilderness the author says that you probably shouldn't eat any plants because they could be poisonous but if you are going to outlines a step by step guide on eating which includes rubbing the plant on your skin and leaving it in your mouth for a few hours while not even beginning to say anything about which kinds of plants you should be eating or not eating in the first place To me this felt like he just didn't feel like getting into all that a sign that you should be looking for a substantive text if you're actually looking for something that will help you surviveThroughout the book Stroud delights in throwing in uick recollections of his personal exploits but none of these seem to have any lessons and they rarely go with whatever he was just talking about Several of these he presents with the conviction that it was his most dangerous survival moment as if he forgot he's said this about two different moments already The few useful lessons in this book such as a section on first aid probably aren't enough that I would recommend it to anyone that genuinely wants to learn about survival The author or accurately ghostwriter never goes into detail and the length of the text is mostly just rambling endless bullet points and repeating things he's already said I would suggest something academic or better yet an actual survival course


  10. says:

    From the sun scorched sands of the Kalahari to the snake infested jungles of the Les Stroud has made a life of surviving in the harshest—and most remote—regions on EarthNow the creator producer and host of the hit television program Survivorman transfers his decades of knowledge and experience to the pages of Survive a practical guide that gives everyday readers a no nonsense look at the real world of survivalStroud offers readers the essential skills and tactics necessary to endure in any corner of the globe along with a wealth of insider information born of his own experiences in the outdoors and unavailable in any other book Readers will learn How to make a survival shelter and why a lean to is largely a waste of time Why survival kits are important and why you should make your own Where to find water and why drinking contaminated water is sometimes warranted How to locate and trap small animals and why the notion of tracking and hunting large game is largely a pipe dream Whether seasoned in the outdoor arts or new to adventuring all readers will learn something from Survive Stroud's many colorful anecdotes and cut to the chase philosophy not only make for an entertaining read but also enhance anyone's ability to focus on the main goal when everything else has gone wrong—survival About the Author Survival expert and filmmaker Les Stroud is the creatorproducerhostdirector of Survivorman and Les Stroud Beyond Survival on the Discovery Channel He has produced hosted and appeared in many television specials including Shark Week Surviving Alaska and Off the Grid with Les Stroud


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