From true-blue survival stories to life-saving strategies, these are must-reads for every outdoorsman and woman.
There's just something about getting really into a good book, especially when it's one that strikes a chord with our urges to get outside and off the grid. Whether you're wanting to learn skills, be inspired, or follow a great story, there's a lot to like in the literary world of the great outdoors.
Here are the best wilderness survival books to add to your reading list before your next outdoor adventure.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Aron Ralston's autobiographical book--on which the James Franco film 127 Hours was based--details the author's experience trapped in Utah's Bluejohn Canyon for five days before amputating part of his own arm to get free. It also flashes back to his early life that shaped him into an avid outdoorsman.
SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere
Penned by former Special Air Service survival instructor John "Lofty' Wiseman, this survival guide covers everything from marine navigation to sea survival and hunting tactics to fire cooking. While it doesn't dive too deep into any one topic, it's a great introduction to outdoor survival.
The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills
MeatEater's Steve Rinella put his decades of exploring wild places to work with this practical survivalist guidebook. It's got everything from first-aid tips to true-life tales of mountaineering gone wrong. Whether you're backpacking for months or backcountry hunting for a day, this book is a great read for anyone who spends time out of doors.
Survivalist and primitive skills instructor Cody Lundin's first book, 98.6 degrees provides practical advice, humorous quips, and entertaining illustrations. It outlines how to avoid a survival situation as well as what to do should you find yourself fighting to stay alive.
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Perfect for hikers, campers, and backpackers, this highly-rated book will teach you basic survival skills such as what gear you need in the backcountry, where to build a shelter, and how to cook in the wilderness.
There are plenty of other good choices, it all depends on what you're looking to read. Check it out for yourself and find something that will take you on your own adventure.
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