Book Review/Comparison

 

9780871568137-usWhile arranging my bookshelves today, I found two books buried under a stack of miscellaneous items.  They are: How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier and Walking Softly in the Wilderness by John Hart. This is a blast from the past as I’ve had these books since I was back home in Washington State.9780020280507-ol-0-m

The first is an earlier edition printed in 1962 but the original copyright is from 1956.  The summary on the back says: could you, if your life depended on it, may nature sustain you?  This book, written with the sure knowledge that comes from experience, demonstrates to youngsters and adults alike that every necessity of life is the ones command in the outdoors.

The author, a season camper, shows how to spark of fire by using a drop of water as a lens; had to test different plants for edibility and how to cook wild fruits, leaves, herbs, and roots; how to improvise fishing equipment and animal traps; where to find shelter; and how to make clothing.

This book is a “survival kit.” It may save your life.

This is the handbook that belongs in every sportsmen’s knapsack.  Now I know this is an old addition and there are many updated versions.  It is mostly text with few pictures but there it is lots of good information inside.

The latter book is listed as being the Sierra club guide to backpacking.  Summary on the back says this is: if “out of the Sierra club’s extensive back country hiking and camping experience comes as completely revised and updated guide for both novice and veterans backpackers who want to explore the wilderness expert lead and gently.  This invaluable handbook includes the very latest information on:

  • Boots and Foot Care
  • Home in a pack
  • Sleeping bags and kitchen gear
  • First-aid
  • Getting fit
  • Planning the trip
  • Making and breaking camp
  • Food and fuel
  • The art of map and compass
  • The waste problem
  • Coping with emergencies
  • Camping with children
  • Snow and ice camping
  • The politics of wilderness

This book was printed in 1984 of the original copyright is from 1948.  This book has more detailed and width updated information than the previous one.  One of the main differences in these books is that one is about survival and the others about backpacking, camping and hiking.  They do complement each other at times cover the same material.

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