If you've ever travelled and wondered what would happen to
you if... if you got separated from the hiking group, if the
plane crashed, if the ship sank, if your car broke down, if
a blizzard trapped you outdoors.... The handy, compact, and
extremely practical book THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SURVIVING IN
THE WILD is all about giving you a fighting chance to
survive until you either make your way out or are rescued.
For instance, you get separated from the rafting group in
the Rockies. (A real life example is provided.) How do you
find clean water, shelter, make a fire, find other people?
What are the dangerous animals you might meet?
Let's say you've travelled to a desert. The Sahara is used
as an example, but much of the advice will work anywhere.
How to keep out of the sun, stay warm by night, find water,
find food, find people, avoid scorpions. What to take from
the car you're leaving, if you do decide to leave it, what
direction to walk.
An Arctic blizzard, an overturned vessel in the ocean, a
South American rainforest trip gone wrong. The vividly
recreated scenes will mentally prepare explorers for hazards
while priming their resourceful minds with strategies and
tools. I like that we are told of survivors' stories
(staying up a tree for six days with hungry crocodiles
below, draping paper over the branches to attract
attention), so we understand it won't be easy. But if we
hold on, keep calm and stay smart, we can do it. And today,
in the midst of difficult times, this may be the most
valuable lesson of all.
Clive Gifford is a much-travelled author and journalist, who
has written series for young adults such as 'Machines At
Work' and 'In Focus' about nature, and he has run a
computer games company so he also writes books introducing
young adults to tech and inventors. While the simple format
of THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SURVIVING IN THE WILD and its
colourful photos and illustrations may suit the book
admirably for young adult readers, pretty much any reader
can enjoy the read and benefit from its advice. I can see
this one being popular with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. I
can also see this book being used as the inspiration for
many stories. Go get it.
An absorbing, fast-paced and comprehensive guide to
surviving in the wild, with a particular focus on the
animals you might encounter â€“ and want to avoid! â€“ while
youâ€™re there. Whether youâ€™re lost in the mountains, stranded
in the desert, or adrift at sea, if youâ€™ve read this book,
you might just have a fighting chance at staying alive.
Vivid photos, maps and other colourful graphics provide
plenty to inspire armchair explorers. Chapters cover
survival at sea, on a Pacific island, in the Outback, the
Sahara Desert, the Amazon Rainforest, Polar wilderness and
the Rocky Mountains. Readers are provided with information
on what to do first, the key rules for survival, the animals
in each habitat and how to signal for help. Feature pages
highlight real-life survivors who escaped these harsh
environments to inspire young explorers.