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Practical Outdoor Survival, New and Revised: A Modern Approach to Staying Alive in the Wilderness [Paperback]

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Pages   197
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.99" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   The Lyons Press
ISBN  1599211718  
EAN  9781599211718  
UPC  660813017956  

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After selling more than 30,000 copies, this easy-to-understand guidebook has a whole new look. Using modern tools and materials, McDougall shows how today's adventurer can survive and escape far more easily than in times past. Readers learn about the life-saving value of plastic aluminum "space blankets," makeshift compasses, building emergency shelters from everyday items, and using simple tools to enable a rescue in any terrain or weather. A must-have for the outdoorsman or anyone who regular travels in remote areas.
Len McDougall is a writer, photographer and illustrator who teaches survival techniques. He lives in Paradise, Michigan.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Len McDougall is a full-time outdoor writer and professional photographer and illustrator with more than thirty years' experience in the North Woods. He teaches survival classes by appointment and tests outdoors products and has also worked as a field guide and tracker. His books include The Complete Tracker, The Field & Stream Wilderness Survival Handbook, Made for the Outdoors, The Outdoors Almanac, and Practical Outdoor Survival.

Len McDougall currently resides in Petosky, in the state of Michigan.

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Solid advice for the outdoors  Aug 25, 2008
Len McDougall doesn't try to teach us how to parachute into the woods with only a pocketknife to survive. Nor does he offer us a handbook to pull out for the first time after crashing a small plane in the middle of nowhere. Rather, McDougall focuses on being prepared before entering the wild and taking advantage of the technology and equipment that are available. (The book's subtitle is, appropriately, "A Modern Approach to Staying Alive in the Wilderness") Perhaps due to his long experience as an outdoorsman in the woods of Michigan, the book best reflects the hazards and opportunities of those environs (snow, hypothermia, insects, trees, streams, fish, and squirrels, for example). Conversely, it's not a book about surviving in the deserts of the Southwest, though some of the advice would still be applicable.

There are many good books on survival written from a number of very different philosophies. This one seems most appropriate and helpful to those who head into the woods intentionally. The advice on building survival kits appropriate for short walks, day hikes, and longer trips into the wild was helpful and straightforward. His section on selecting first aid supplies was also quite solid, focusing on practicality rather than the frantic tone of some books. He doesn't provide in-depth medical advice for catastrophic accidents, but he talks about how to deal with common problems like cuts, abrasions, and he discusses the trade-offs between specific painkillers (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxin sodium). The instruction on shelters, locating food, and water is (as the book title implies)... practical. The best quote to capture the "be prepared" flavor of the book comes after McDougall describes where to find natural tinder in the woods. He writes, "The best and most fail-safe tinder materials should always come from your own pocket." He then notes some good commercial products and homemade items that will start a fire under even difficult conditions. The lesson? The woods are a great place, but do some thinking beforehand and go in prepared.

If you want to read only about ancient aboriginal skills or about esoteric psychologies of survival, look elsewhere. If you spend time in the woods and want to think through how to be better prepared before you leave, what types of things you could bring along to deal with unexpected setbacks, and how to make shelter that can mitigate the effects of the elements, this is a solid, straightforward book by an experienced outdoorsman.
credibility? research?   Mar 14, 2008
While I don't doubt that Mr. McDougall is a capable tracker and outdoorsman, I find myself uncertain as to his journalistic credibility, if he did indeed claim in an interview that a missing person from Paradise, Michigan had suffered an "unnecessary death." ("Why I rarely post," interviewer Chris Young, December 2006)
From my perspectives as a nonfiction writer and editor, former assistant to a nonfiction writer of the same genre as McDougall, and having worked for three years in academic libraries, I am concerned he may have fact-checking issues.
If you want to know how to live or die out there, read Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales.

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