Basic Safe Travel and Boreal Survival Handbook - Mors Kochanski


If ever there was only one survival manual to own, this book would be my first choice.  I have been collecting and reading survival/bushcraft books since 1995 and "Basic Safe Travel and Boreal Survival Handbook" has far surpassed any other book I have ever read.  It is packed with tons of knowledge that you won't find anywhere else.  The illustrations make this book so easy to learn from and you will discover that the teachings will transfer to your survival training regardless of where you live.  Every time I get together with Mors, I try to remind him of how much I appreciate this book and all the fantastic lessons contained within.  I recommend "Basic Safe Travel and Boreal Survival Handbook" to be at the top of your list of have-to-get books.                               Dale 
"Basic Safe Travel and Boreal Survival Handbook" was compiled for outdoor educators and the Junior Forest Warden movement mostly from articles originally published in "Wilderness Arts and Recreation Magazine" that had become out of print but much sought after. Some of the articles were the basis for Kochanski's "Bushcraft". A small fraction of the book will seem familiar but the rest makes an excellent complement to "Bushcraft" which devotes a minimum of references to actual survival while "Basic Safe Travel and Boreal Survival Handbook" is mostly survival.
"Bushcraft" is devoted mostly on how to use nature as the source of materials to live comfortably in the bush while "Basic Safe Travel and Boreal survival Handbook" goes into great length on how to cope with the major stresses one is apt to encounter when survival is a possibility. The topics of Dehydration, hypothermia and sleep deprivation are covered in detail. Sleeping bags, bush beds and shelters, warming and signal fires, knife skills, useful knots and conduct in bear country are touched upon.
Concerning travel, there is a section on navigation with map and compass, mountain travel and considerable coverage devoted to wading rivers safely. Crossing rivers on foot accounts for being the leading cause of fatalities that beset outdoor recreationists.