"The more you know, the less you carry" - Mors Kochanski.

November 13, 2008

A Good Bushcraft / Survival Book

I was going through my library of Outdoor Wilderness skill books the other day and found one that I purchased from a Public Library sale over a year ago. The book is called "How to stay alove in the woods" by Bradford Angier. It was originally published as "Living off the Country", Copyright 1956 by Bradford Angier. It also states that is had its nineteenth printing in 1974.

Although there are references to certain activities that are considered "in-appropriate" to modern day environmental issues, I found the book very resourceful.

One of the things that made the book interesting for me was that the author did not come right out and say, "THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO DO .....". It was all about making suggestions that would work for you and the 'pros' and 'cons' about each idea. Many of the skills described can be found in many of today's bushcraft books, but you will be suprised at number of things that new. Old skills that have been forgotten or not used by many people today.

The focus is about survival but I found it to be more bushcraft oriented than most survival books you find published in the last decade. If Mors doesn't have this book now, I think he would like it! Take a look around and see if you can find yourself a copy. I thought it was worth the dollar it cost me.

A quote from the beginning of the book says:

" A party living off the country must know how to get full value from everything available especially in the way of food" - Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Thanks, Decado.


  1. Another book I don't have. Damn, better add that to my list!
    I think I've got about 50 books, 50 magazines and booklets and around 100 PDF articles and books now!

  2. Not sure I have as many as that... but if I find it I buy it as a general rule. Even the old stuff has interesting stuff.