Every Man's Guide To Outdoor Survival
Russell Y. Anderson
Reviewed by Russell Y Anderson for the Association for Mormon Letters
The purpose of this book seems to be to prepare anyone for economic collapse
where we are forced to be self-sufficient. But that doesn't encompass the
whole purpose of the book.
"It is not one of those 'grab a gun and head for the hills' survival books.
There are probably enough of those around already. At any rate, that type of
living is impractical because most of us have jobs, children, school, or
responsibilities of some sort.
Nor is this one of those 'how to live on roots and berries for the next year'
books. Again, for most of us, that is impractical.
Nor is it a 'prediction' book, telling you exactly what the future holds and
all the things you need to do to avoid the impending disaster. I don't know
for sure what's going to happen. Neither does anyone else" (p. 1)
Even though this book might have a survival theme, I found it very informative
for general ideas that can be used for any camping trip. It has an excellent
section discussing all the various techniques for building fires, even if you
have matches or a lighter.
There are many excellent ideas about how to catch or trap fish. I assume most
of these would not be allowed for sport fishing, so these would apply more for
a survival scenario.
Several methods of getting pure water are described. These include a Solar
Still, optimizing rain water collection, and methods for filtering and
purifying water. Of course you quickly realize that some of these techniques
require some advance preparation with the necessary containers or plastic tarps.
Probably the main focus of this book is to alert us to the necessary planning
and preparation so that they will have the right tools and supplies that might
be needed. A few items from each chapter combined into the appropriate bags or
packs, can make this information very useful when it might be needed.
There is a detailed discussion about traps and snares, from small animals such
as squirrels to larger livestock such as deer. But of course some of these
systems require cables, clamps, cages, darts, slings, arrows, etc. that may not
be easily available when needed, although the author does describe how to build
some that can be constructed from raw materials.
Detailed lists of items to include in "Bug-out Bags" and Survival Packs help
anyone make some serious preparations. This includes discussions of knives, fire
starting materials, shelter items, lighting items, utensils & containers, first
There is also a good discussion about food storage and real shelf life, including
which items should be stored and how to manage the storage. This section includes
a discussion of water, emergency gear, around-the-house gear, outdoor gear, guns
and ammunition, money and long term stockpiling.
There is also a discussion about the best types of survival locations, buddy
planning (someone 100-150 miles away who wouldn't be affected by local catastrophes),
and even the psychology of survival.
Even if you are not concerned about the possible collapse of our civilization,
there are plenty of sections in this book that could be very useful for camping or
food storage. The planning process and preparations could be a very useful exercise.
If you want a survival book, then this book will give you many of the basics. If
you just want a book to get you started in camping and trapping, this will also
work. Even if you are only concerned with food storage and being prepared, this has
some good information for you.