Join Outdoor Expert and Anthropological Writer John Elden Gibbons in this beginner-to-expert camping how-to guide.
You may know John Elden and his wife, Teresa S. Landry, from “Rockbottom Survival Skills: The Podcast.” and his TV show: Rockbottom Survival Skills: The Reality.”
John has made it his mission to introduce 100,000 people to the outdoors and, by so doing, give them the ability to live deliberately. This mission is inspired by the works of Henry David Thoreau, quoted here, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.” John’s devotion to nature and wilderness skills was nurtured at the side of his grandfather, Euell T. Gibbons, whose life works and writings have been likened to Thoreau.
Euell wrote, “My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker or nature tourist. I crave a more real and meaningful relationship. The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and with the Author of that nature.”
This series of Essential Guides is for anyone who wants to
create a self-sufficient lifestyle in “communion and fellowship with nature.”
In this volume:
Personal Survival Kits: The Soap Box & Shoulder Bag Rig
The Essential Facts: From 24 hrs to 14 days.
We have all grown up with the story of Daniel Boone. Boone often said, “I have never been lost. But I sure have been powerful mixed up for a day or two!”
Nothing can replace the knowledge you have and the skill you have acquired. A survival kit can provide items you may need quickly and immediately. A skilled person can make or make do with resources they find in the field. Resources are primarily based on the geography and time of year you may find yourself. If the resources you need are not in the area you find yourself in, you would need to travel to a new place to find them. Travel may not always be possible.
Survival kits can be simple or complex. This guide is about two kits that you can make yourself—packed with valuable tips and tricks.
A Sample Page: From Page 28
The information in this edition is about much more than a simple kit, for example:
If you find yourself out in the Bush and have no pan for baking or frying, then try a plank or board.
Growing up, I would plank fish because it was a skill that I had read about and had to do.
I also carved Spoons and used hot coals to burn the bowl portion of the spoon. It took a great deal of time.
It would be far faster to carve up chop sticks and discard them after use. I challenge you to make a
Spoon, Chopsticks and a Bannock Board to cook Bannock by a fire. The Board should be flat.
Using a Section of Log 6″ Round or Less