Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)

Oh for a lodge
in some
vast wilderness,
some boundless
contiguity of shade,
rumor of oppression
and deceit,
of unsuccessful
or successful war,
never reach me more.
  -- William Cowper
  The Task:
  The Timepiece

The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger (aka: LandNavMan), Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.


Never Say Die
is based on the training
and experience of members
of the Canadian Air Force


Bush skills

By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2001

Last updated on July 19, 2007

Contents of page

   Wilderness survival


Looking for
wilderness tripping
equipment and
For 100's of sources for wilderness tripping equipment and supplies, visit the sources for gear page on this Web site.

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finding a book?
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a book, catalog,
or Web site.
If you know of a useful outdoor-related book, catalog, or Web site not listed on this Web site, e-mail the book's title, subtitle, author, publisher, date of publication, and short description; or the catalog's address and phone number; or the Web site's URL to Michael Neiger at mneiger@hotmail.com.

** Recommended




AIRCAV--Aviation Survival
This site has the complete text from the U.S. Army Survival Manual FM-21-76 online. Lots of detailed info.

Captain Dave's Survival Center and Preparedness Resource

Colorado Firstrax--Winter Survival Aritcles

Equipped to Survive--Outdoors Gear, Survival Equipment, and Survival Information
Lots of good info.

Frugal Squirrel

Hollowtop Outdoor Primitive School--Earth Skills, Nature Awareness, and Wilderness Survival

Hoods Woods

The Ranger Digest (04-05-07)

Rocky Mountain Survival Group--A Survival Information Clearinghouse

Simply Survival--The Art of Adapting

Survival (Army FM 21-76)

Survival Bible 2001 Freeware

The Survival Expert

Thoughts on Being Prepared

Terrorism, Disaster, Emergency Preparedness, Homesteading, and Survival Resources

Wilderness Survival



Aircrew Survival (AF 64-5), by the U.S. Department of the Air Force (Paladin Press, 1988)

American Indian Survival Skills, by W. Ben Hunt (Meredith Press, 1973). This work explains how American Indians used their hands, wit, and woodcraft to survive in the bush.

Basic Essentials of Survival, by James E. Churchill (ICS Books, Inc., 1989)

Book of Survival, by Anthony Greenbank (Harper and Row, 1967)

Bush Craft, by Mors Kochanski

Bushcraft--A Serious Guide to Survival and Camping, by Richard Graves (Warner Books, 1978)

Camper's Pocket Handbook--A Backcountry Traveler's Companion, by John Goll (ICS Books, 1992)

**Camping and Wilderness Survival--The Ultimate Outdoors Book, by Paul Tawrell (Paul Tawrell, 1996)

Cold Weather Survival (Desert Publications, 1981)

Complete Book of Outdoor Survival, by J. Wayne Fears (Outdoor Life Books, 1986)

Emergency/Survival Handbook, by Robert Brown (American Outdoor Safety League, 1979)

Everybody's Knife Bible--Green Berets' Methods and Knife Mannerisms, by Don Paul (Pathfinder Publications, 1988)

Expect the Unexpected--How to Prepare Your Family for Times of Emergency (American Red Cross, 1986)

Green Beret's Guide to Outside Survival--Book Two, by Don Paul (Pathfinder Publications, 1988)

Green Berets' Guide to Outdoor Survival--Book One, 2nd edition, by Don Paul (Pathfinder Publications, 1987)

Handbook for Wilderness Survival, by Bob Harris (M. Evans and Co., 1996)

How to Stay Alive in the Woods, by Bradford Angier (Collier Books, 1962)

How to Survive, by Brian Hildreth (Penguin/Puffin, 1982)

How to Survive on Land and Sea, 4th edition, by Frank C. Craighead, Jr., and John J. Craighead (Naval Institute Press, 1988)

Making It: Winter Survival, by John Hitchcock and Charles Fox (Livingston, 1973)

Making the Best of Basics--Family Preparedness Handbook, by James T. Stevens (Gold Leaf Press, 1997)

Man Eating Bugs--The Art of Eating Insects, by Peter Menzel and Faith Daluisio (Ten Speed Press, 1998)

Modern Outdoor Survival, by Dwight Schuh (Menasha Ridge Press)

Modern Survival, by Dwight Schuh (David McKay, 1979)

Never Say Die--A Survival Manual (Paladin Press, 1979)

**Northern Bush Craft, by Mors L. Kochanski (Lone Pine Publishing, 1987)

Northern Survival, by Department of Indian Affairs and Norhtern Development (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1979)

Outdoor Living--Problems, Solutions, and Guidelines, by Eugene H. Fear (Tacoma Unit o Mountain Rescue School, 1970)

Outdoor Survival Handbook, by David Platten (John Wiley, 1983)

Outdoor Survival Handbook--A Guide to the Resources and Material Available in th Wild and How to Use Them for Food, Shelter, Warmth, and Navigation, by Raymond Mears (Saint Martins Press, 1993)

Outdoor Survival Skills, sixth edition, by Larry Dean Olsen (Brigham Young University, 1997)

Outdoors Emergency Manual, by Anthony Acerrano (Winchester Press, 1976)

OUTsmart Field Guide, by Ron Dawson (Integrity House Publishing, 1998)

Participating in Nature--Thomas J. Elpel's Field Guide to Primitive Living Skills, fourth edition, by Thomas J. Elpel (Hops Press, 1999)

Practical Outdoor Survival--A Modern Approach, by Len McDougall (Lyons and Burford Publishers, 1992)

Primitive Outdoor Skills, by Richard L. Jamison (Horizon Publishers, 1985)

Primitive Semi-Permanent Shelters, by John McPherson and Geri McPherson (Prairie Wolf, 1996)

Primitive Wilderness Cooking Methods, by John McPherson and Geri McPherson (AG Press, 1988)

Primitive Wilderness Living and Survival Skills, by John McPherson and Geri McPherson (Prairie Wolf, 1993). An excellent how-to on primitive living.

Primitive Wilderness Skills--Applied and Advanced, by John McPherson and Geri McPherson

SAC Land Survival Guide Book (U.S. Air Force)

**SAS Survival Handbook--How to Survive in the Wild, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea, by John Wiseman (Harper Collins Publishers, 1986). Also available in smaller "Collins Gem Edition" as well as abbreviated "SAS Survival Flickbook."

Scout--The Australian Guerilla Book VI, by Ion L. Idriess (Paladin Press, 1982)

Six ways in & twelve ways out: The survival & evasion manual of the United States Rescue & Special Operations Group, 2nd edition, by George W Jasper (U.S. Rescue and Special Operations Group, 2000)

Skills for Taming the Wilds--A Handbook of Woodcraft Wisdom, by Bradford Angier (Simon and Schuster, 1973)

Survival (FM 21-76), by U.S. Department of the Army (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1986)

Survival--A Manual That Could Save Your Life, by Chris Janowsky and Gretchen Janowsky (Paladin Press, 1986)

Survival Book, by Paul H. Nesbitt, Alonzo W. Pond, and William H. Allen (Funk and Wagnalls, 1959)

Survival in the Outdoors, by Byron Dalrymple (Outdoor Life Books, 1972)

Survival--Live Off the Land in the City and Country, by Ragnar Benson and Devon Christensen (Citadel Press, 1982)

Surviving the Unexpected Wilderness Emergency, by Gene Fear (Survival Education Association, 1979)

Tom Brown's Field Guide to Living with the Earth, by Tom Brown, Jr., and Brandt Morgan (Berkley Books, 1984)

**Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival, by Tom Brown, Jr., and Brandt Morgan (Berkley Press, 1987)

Wilderness Survival (Boy Scouts of America, 1984)

Wilderness Survival, by Bernard Shanks (Universe Books, 1980)

Wilderness Survival, by Gregory J. Davenport (Stackpole Books, 1998)

Wilderness Survival, by Tim Kneeland (Tim Kneeland and Associates, 1984)

Wilderness Survival--A Complete Handbook and Guide for Survival in the North Amerian Wilds, by Berndt Berglund (Pagurian Press Limited, 1974)

Wilderness Survival Guide, by Monty Alford (Alaska Northwest Publishing Co., 1987)

Wilderness Survival Handbook--A Practical All-Season Guide, Alan Fry (St. Martin's Press, 1981)

Winter-Wise--Travel and Survival in Snow and Ice, by Monty Alfred (Hertiage House, 1999)





The Ranger Digest (04-05-07)



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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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