Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier

How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier originally published in 1956, 315 pages

This book is a classic in outdoor survival. The focus is mostly in Canada, but the principals would still apply to nearly anywhere in the continental United States.

There are many survival shows on TV or Youtube, but this book predates them all. Some of the information is a bit dated and Mr. Angier can be a bit one sided. Mr. Angier recommends using a high powered rifle to make meat of deer and elk, while Les Stroud (Survivorman series)settles for his bare hands to collect a tasty meal of mice and bugs.
I personally prefer the idea of roast elk to roast grasshopper, but the Native Americans who made a living on this continent for tens of thousands of years would accept either meal in lean times. Both strategies for feeding should be kept in mind.

Still this is a fun book and makes one consider what it really means to survive when one finds oneself in less than optimal circumstances.

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