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Surviving Cold Weather [Paperback]

Gregory J. Davenport
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Jan. 1 2003 Greg Davenport's Books for the Wilderness
The first in "Greg Davenport's Books for the Wilderness" series, "Surviving Cold Weather" covers the techniques and equipment necessary for surviving in ice and snow. Photos and drawings illustrate gear and techniques. The book covers the five survival essentials--personal protection, signaling, sustenance, navigation, and health--as they relate to the cold. Topics include: how to dress for winter; how to create a campsite and what to use as shelter; how to keep warm; how to signal for help with aerial flares, smoke, mirrors, and whistles; finding and purifying water; finding and preparing food; protecting yourself and your supplies from wildlife; how to use a map and compass; how to travel on snow and ice with snowshoes, skis, and crampons; and how to avoid and deal with avalanches. Upcoming books in the series are "Surviving Open and Coastal Waters," "Surviving the Desert," and "Surviving the Jungle."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool Book Jan. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Anyone who works or plays in the winter should read this book. As an avid outdoor sportsman, I found it to be very comprehensive and well organized. The illustrations and photos are great. I intend on buying the other books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed info for the prepared - or unprepared - adventurer July 6 2006
By lindsay w - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The best part about this survival guide is Davenport's descriptions of "improvised" items. Most people don't plan to be in a survival situation in freezing temperatures, and may not have the proper equipment. He teaches you how to use survival items you have purchased and may have with you (such as an avalanche beacon or a signal flare), but also what to do in a situtation in which you don't have what you need (improvising snowshoes, stick and shadow compass, etc). The section on constructing emergency shelters gave detailed instructions for many options depending on what resources are available - trees, ice, and/or deep snow. He even provides pictures as proof of his methods. The information on how to obtain food, especially berries, and how to navigate without a map or compass was also extremely helpful. The only disappointing thing for me in this book was the information on animals. Many of the descriptions seemed cut-and-pasted, with really no specific tips on how to avoid polar bear attacks versus brown bears versus pumas.

I bought this book because I live in Alaska and was hoping to learn something that would keep me from becoming one of the many people that do not survive in the wilderness out here because they are unprepared! I bring it with me when I go backpacking or camping, because you never know. I recommend reading this book if you spend time outdoors in cold weather, whether you put yourself in risky situations or not. You'll learn not only how to be prepared but how to stay alive if you are lost or find yourself without adequate transportation, food, or shelter.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars must have for winter travels Jan. 30 2010
By backcounty bill - Published on Amazon.com
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A good book for winter travels. Has the right skills for winter recreation and describes them easily and most are simple to do as long as you have the right mindset if you have become upon a dangerous situation. Remember to stop and think and check your gear if you have found yourself lost in the woods or back country weither in a car, on foot etc.
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2.0 out of 5 stars review July 20 2010
By cb - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was just mostly a reprint of Greg Davenport's wilderness survival book with a few extra tidbits added on cold weather. If you get his survival book dont bother with this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What about hypothermia?! July 28 2010
By Aero Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A bit dry and some of the advice seems less than practical but overall a 3 or 4 star book until I noticed there's only 1 paragraph on hypothermia! While an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure I can't believe there isn't more space devoted to recognizing and treating hypothermia. This book won't find a permanent place on my bookshelf for that reason alone.
17 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool Book Jan. 11 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Anyone who works or plays in the winter should read this book. As an avid outdoor sportsman, I found it to be very comprehensive and well organized. The illustrations and photos are great. I intend on buying the other books in the series.
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