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Wilderness Survival Handbook: Primitive Skills for Short-Term Survival and Long-Term Comfort Paperback – Apr 9 2010

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Mike Pewtherer has been practicing and teaching wilderness living and survival skills for over 15 years. Coauthor of Wilderness Survival: Living Off the Land with the Clothes on Your Back and the Knife on Your Belt, he is founder of Woodland Ways, a company teaching wilderness survival, rites of passage, and living skills to youth and adults. He has taught in venues ranging from private high schools to conferences. Mike also teaches blacksmithing, tracking, woodwork, and ceramics. Mike has traveled widely and studied with native tribes in North America, Fiji, and Australia, and has acquired and practiced survival skills in military settings as a combat engineer, in Australia's Outback, and with various wilderness instructors across North America. He has also worked with the National Parks Service on the Wilderness Rescue Squad in numerous back-country settings, assisted on black bear studies, and worked as a hunter of feral hogs in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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Excellent reference for a beginner Sept. 8 2010
By Brian Reaves - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have several wilderness survival books and am constantly in search of ones that will further my knowledge. I went to this book hoping it would take things to the next level. Pewtherer has written a very good beginner's book, starting with a section on "Seven Day Survival" which gives you priorities and guidance for immediate needs for short-term survival. He soon moves on to shelter-building, fire-building, weapon-building, traps, skinning deer, and even takes it to the point of creating tools, pottery, and utensils for long-term survival situations.

While I did learn a few new things (the weapon building section was especially interesting), most of this was just a restatement of things you find in most other survival books. I have to give the author credit for really going into detail in this stuff though. If you are just getting started in camping or wilderness survival, then this book is an excellent reference and probably one of the better ones to teach you the foundational skills you'll need to build confidence.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Kinfle edition - Missing pages Feb. 20 2011
By AvidReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am 17% into the book and really enjoy the content, except that I have already encountered at least three sections where pages are missing. If you want to "whole story", buy the paper version.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great book Feb. 3 2011
By vandycommer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very informative in survival skills that anyone can use in a tough spot. I look forward to sharing some ideas with our scout troop.
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
The Same, Yet Not the Same. It's in the details.... Nov. 4 2010
By Ricardo Sierra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Disclaimer: Mike Pewtherer worked for me for seven years while learning wilderness skills and teaching as an instructor at my camp, Hawk Circle. He is a good friend and I have known him since 1989 or earlier.

Okay that is out of the way.

It is hard to write a wilderness survival book that is useful and new. The subject is immensely broad and detailed, and many of the subjects have been done already very well, so much can seem like a repeat of previous books. However, Mike has done a good job here and provided a perspective that is needed in the field, as well as adding to the overall body of knowledge. His stories are strong and helpful, adding insight and a sense of humor and humanity that is sometimes lacking in other guides.

We use many field guides for our students, camps and classes and this is one I am glad to have in our reference library, and it is already dogeared from just a few weeks of use.

Just about any chapter topic could be a whole book, but Mike has provided some good info that will help both the novice and the more seasoned wilderness person...
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
useful March 19 2013
By Robert T. Moorefield - Published on Amazon.com
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The "helps" in the book are NOT long-winded, but are short and to the point.
There is enough information along with the drawings to be able to try out the advice given in the book.
ONE THING IS VERY IMPORTANT. DO NOT take this book out on a trip and expect to be able to do everything in it without trying it out first. [This is advice I would give with ANY book about survival.]
You need to try out these suggestions and techniques first in "your back yard." In the wilderness when an emergency is upon you is NOT the time to try out something new.