by Joe O'Leary
In challenging situations, a survival mindset - including being prepared, having confidence in your own abilities and being adaptable - can be just as much of a life-saver as the most expensive bits of equipment. Add to this, Joe O'Leary's sound advice and knowledge of survival and bushcraft techniques, with some practical experience and you will have the confidence to tackle whatever comes your way.
Most types of shelter, animal trap and fire-lighting technique are variations on a theme. Joe keeps it simple and describes in straightforward steps what to do to make yourself safe and comfortable: how to build a shelter that will really keep you warm, set a trap that will really catch food, forage for plants that will really feed and nourish you and build a fire that will really light in all weathers.
Rather than trying to cover every eventuality, he concentrates on techniques that can be applied successfully in most environments: it's better to know a limited number of skills thoroughly than a whole host of different variations specific to particular kinds of terrain.
Written in clear, easy-to follow text, The Wilderness Survival Guide focuses on the realities of using wilderness survival techniques not just in a genuine 'survival situation' but also to enhance any outdoor experience, from a hike in the country to camping in the wild.