MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival by Steven Rinella

MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival

The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival is a practical guide for anyone planning to spend time outside. It provides a thoughtful process of gear selection, food, and shelter, as well as essential survival skills.

The book covers old-school navigation and essential satellite tools, how to build a basic first-aid kit and apply tourniquets, and how to effectively purify water using everything from ancient methods to cutting-edge technologies.

The main themes of the book are centered around wilderness survival and outdoor lifestyle. The author emphasizes the importance of knowledge and preparation in mitigating the risks associated with an outdoor lifestyle. The book also highlights the need for responsible hunting practices and conservation efforts.

What I Liked

This book was a truly useful & concise book about wilderness skills. That genre is usually massively disappointing – either the book is beginner / obvious – or absurd / shock value. This book is for folks who know the basics, but are looking to level up and spend more time in remote places safely.

I love that this book focuses on actual wilderness survival as you would encounter it in the modern world. There’s no Daniel Boone cosplay – just actual useful recommendations, like carry a Garmin inReach if you are backpacking and you are not going to catch a squirrel to eat with your bare hands, so focus on conserving energy.

I like how it is approachable for both beginners and experts.

What I Did Not Like

Nothing – excellent book.

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