The Self-Reliance Manifesto: Essential Outdoor Survival by Len McDougall
By Len McDougall
An expert’s suggestion on the best way to live to tell the tale whatever, anywhere.
Storm coming near near? want a fireplace? Out of water? misplaced? no matter what scenario you end up in, Len McDougall has most likely been there himself and will get you out of hassle. He finds his approach to life and teaches readers tips on how to have a similar self assurance in any state of affairs. during this entire, fully-illustrated consultant, McDougall finds the right way to make water secure for consuming, construct a fireplace in any stipulations, locate and construct shield, use easy clinical abilities, and extra. McDougall has field-tested every thing from kayaks, backpacks, and boots to cameras, tents, and water filters, and due to his examine and event, every body can consider extra secure. two hundred colour images and a hundred black-and-white illustrations
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Remember that the earth itself is an efficient heat sink, and always lay a pallet of parallel sticks, or use a closed-cell sleeping pad to keep your body off the ground. 40 No matter how cold the temperature, a warm fire can fend off hypothermia. When a hatch of blood-drinking flies or mosquitoes fills the air, avoiding as many bites as possible is a genuine 41 imperative, and smudge fires may become a way of life in summer. SMUDGE FIRES A smudge fire is usually a small fire with a hot bed of embers that is built near where people are living.
If possible, the finished handle detent should be lubricated with candle wax or grease to minimize friction between drill top and handle. 35 When the weather is cold or wet, a long-burning fire of very large dead tree trunks might be desired; burn them in half, do not expend valuable energy hacking or sawing them into pieces. The fireboard is made from a slab of dry weathered-gray wood about 6 inches wide by 12 inches long and roughly 1 inch thick, as flat as possible on both sides. It’s usually easiest to make a fireboard by splitting slabs from a section of dead, half-rotted log or stump with a stout knife or hatchet.
As the small twigs begin to flame, add more and larger sticks until a bed of coals underneath makes the fire self-sustaining. Fire ensures that meals can be served hot when temperatures are cold, and that food will be free of pathogenic organisms. 39 THE COOKING FIRE The Furnace Pile method of arranging burning wood described above is ideal for cooking because it provides stable, flat surfaces on which to rest a pot. The intensity of the heat coming through between solid pieces of wood can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the space between them.