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Aug 15 2017

Survival skills handbook, series by Bear Grylls

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Knots. ISBN: 9781783422982
Camping. ISBN 9781783422593
Maps and navigation. ISBN 9781783423002
Dangers and emergencies. ISBN 9781783422999
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Survival. Camping. Knots. Navigation. First Aid. Bear Grylls is the world famous survivalist, ex-military commando known for his extreme outdoor adventures on his television series and his work as Chief Scout for the UK Scout Association. Each of these factual Survival skills handbooks focuses on the knowledge, resources, tips and tricks to meet the challenges of living in the wilderness. These provide easy-to-read instructions, clear colourful diagrams and step-by-step guides presented with sturdy covers and elastic bookmarks. They are the perfect addition to a camping backpack, wrapped in a waterproof bag.
Knots is a comprehensive volume of all things rope-related, splicing, tripod lashing, attaching a dinghy to post with a pile-hitch and the more familiar knots used in camping. With an introduction about the knot's purpose, a tip from Bear Grylls and close-ups of each stage with labelled sections, this is a great book for campers, sailors and Scouts.
Camping discusses everything from tent types, making shelters, hunting knives (with an adult in charge), toileting and showering, to food preparation and fire making. He introduces this with an encouragement to enjoy these experiences with friends and family, and safety is an important part of his message. Healthy nutrition, personal hygiene and environmental awareness are also covered.
Maps and navigation looks at the essential skills needed to start an adventure in the wild. The diagrams illustrate the basic equipment required, to being prepared for the conditions, familiarisation with your location, journey and destination. The ability to read a contour map, use a compass, measure distance, even reading signs in nature are extremely beneficial skills to have.
Dangers and emergencies even includes an Australian section on snakes. Knowing how to set an emergency signal, fire cones, flares, even a jungle distress signal is included. Dangerous insects, arachnids, reptiles and mammals are shown with their specific patterns and colours. How to treat snakebite, escape from quicksand, purify water, test for edible plants and build a shelter are vital skills for young wilderness explorers.
Bear Grylls' Survival skills handbooks are excellent resources for everyone who enjoys life in the great outdoors.
Rhyllis Bignell

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