Desert Survival Skills

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University of Texas Press, Jun 25, 2010 - Nature - 269 pages
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An “authoritative, comprehensive, well written, and entertaining” guide to staying alive in the desert from a Texas Parks and Wildlife veteran (Library Journal).
 
Remote desert locations, including the Chihuahuan Desert of northern Mexico, southern Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, draw adventurers of all kinds, from the highly skilled and well prepared to urban cowboys who couldn’t lead themselves, much less a horse, to water. David Alloway’s goal in this book is to help all of them survive when circumstances beyond their control strand them in the desert environment.
 
In simple, friendly language, enlivened with humor and stories from his own extensive experience, Alloway—a naturalist and search-and-rescue veteran who’s worked with the US Air Force on survival skills—here offers a practical, comprehensive handbook for both short-term and long-term survival in the Chihuahuan and other North American deserts.
 

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Contents

INTELLIGENCE The Ultimate Survival Tool
xix
The Priorities of Desert Survival
9
Survival Kits
15
Water
44
Fire
76
Shelter
96
Aiding Rescuers
110
Expedient Vehicle Repairs and Uses
124
Weather Hazards
186
Desert Hazards First Aid and Sanitation
195
Traveling and Wayfinding
213
Debriefing
223
Wilderness Survival Schools
225
Equipment Sources
227
Glossary
229
Selected References
231

Chihuahuan Desert Plant Resources
132
Chihuahuan Desert Animal Resources
153
Expedient Tools and Weapons
166

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Page iii - Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations : ask thy father, and he will shew thee ; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
Page 3 - ... often after getting our wood in the forests, the blood flowed from us in many places, caused by the obstruction of thorns and shrubs that tore our flesh wherever we went. At times, when my turn came to get wood, after it had cost me much blood, I could not bring it out either on my back or by dragging. In these labors my only solace and relief were in thinking of the sufferings of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and in the blood He shed for me, in considering how much greater must have been the torment...
Page 9 - The life of the desert lives only by virtue of adapting itself to the conditions of the desert. Nature does not bend the elements to favor the plants and animals; she makes the plants and animals do the bending.
Page xiii - Also, of course, the people: though rare as radium you find, if you can find them, a superior breed in the deserts — consider the Bedouin, the Kazaks and Kurds, the Mongols, the Apaches, the Kalahari, the Aborigines of Australia.

About the author (2010)

David Alloway was an interpretive naturalist at Big Bend Ranch State Park who has taught and practiced arid land survival techniques in the United States, Mexico, and Australia for over twenty years.

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