September 22, 2014

SAS Survival Handbook – Kindle Review

sas survival handbookI have recently read the SAS Survival Handbook by John Lofty. It’s a Kindle book and it’s available on Amazon for a very acceptable price. It was published in 2011 and has since gone on to become one of the most well reviewed Kindle books. The reason I was interested in this particular book, is because I’ve been thinking about taking up a new outdoor hobby to keep myself busy. I spend entirely too much time inside, cooped up in my room, writing and reading behind my computer. I get dry eyes from spending so much time behind my monitor sometimes. So I’m sure you can imagine I’d like to get out some time.

This book has been updated throughout the years. The copy you will receive when you buy it, is the one that is the most up to date. John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman is an ex SAS survival expert. The acronym SAS means Special Air Service. This is a British military regiment. These guys are known to be tough guys and they are considered a role model for the whole world. Ever since their creation in 1950, the have been making a name for themselves. All countries in the world aim to have some sort of ‘special force’ that rivals the SAS.

John Wiseman has served in the SAS for a whopping 26 years. He has taken the time to write down his knowledge and insights in this handy dandy survival book. All of this experience, his skills and his knowledge are contained in this book. Even the most experienced outdoor survivalist is bound to learn a thing or two from this book. This book will teach you timeless techniques for making it on your own, should you ever end up in a dense forest or an uninhabited island. You’ll be prepared for anything, no matter where you go.

Survivaling & Other Kinds Of Wilderness Activities

who dares winsNot that I am planning on ending myself up in a place where I could likely get killed. I am, however, planning on taking a few hiking trips come next spring. The Boot Bomb inspired me to do so. This is many months away at the time of writing. So for that reason I’m currently preparing myself by reading this book. I’ve learned much from it. I think there are plenty of things in here that I will be able to put to good use when I am going on my first hike. I don’t expect to ever get in any mortal danger. But still… hiking is a sport where you are pretty much all on your own.

The book is very complete in that it covers all the sorts of things that you need to keep into account when you are trying to survive. He lays out the following stuff in detail:

  • Survival kit contents.
  • Navigation technologies and strategies.
  • How to manage your health in glaring sun, freezing snow, on land and on water.
  • How to survive a disaster, such as quickly spreading fire.
  • How to manage your emotions, such as fear.

sasYou wouldn’t think you’d needed all this stuff just by thinking about a survival situation superficially. But John Wiseman has been there. He knows how harsh mother nature can be. His complete list of things you need truly is a list of things that you really do need, lest you run the risk of not surviving your survival situation. For a hike such as the one that I’m going to undertake at some point in the future, I’ll definitely need more than just a pair of high quality hiking boots as well. Good footwear is going to save the day. But it’s not the only thing you’re going to need in order to get by. Just because trailing isn’t as dangerous as survivaling, it doesn’t mean you can get away with not preparing yourself well. This is especially true if you just so happen to posess any weak spots. In my case… I am suffering from heel spur. So I will need to get plantar fasciitis hiking boots. This is one condition you’ll definitely want to manage. If it gets worse… you’re a long way from home.

How To Apply SAS Survival Strategies

Despite the fact that I will never be trapped behind enemy lines, I greatly enjoyed reading John’s book. He teaches you to look for, kill, prepare and eat small mammals. It’s something I hope I never have to do. But let’s say that I ever find myself in such a situation… rest assured that I know how to find my way around the bush. I feel all the wiser for having read this book. Much of the knowledge John imparts will never have to be applied in the average person’s life. But it’s still nice to know.

survivalOn Amazon, there are plenty of other people like me who have gone hiking, or are intending to. And they’ve read this book for the same reasons that I have. They want to be well prepared. Whether you are a camper, a hiker or any other type of wilderness afficionado, this easy to read book is going to teach you a thing or two you’d never learn all on your own. Not even in a million years. This book even has color plates for making it easy to identify plants. Being able to distinguish the edible plants from the poisonous ones is an essential skill if you intend to survive for more than a few days. Don’t act surprised. I mentioned before that these SAS guys are a force to be reckoned with. Some of them have actually had to resort to eating plants in survival situations, and John Wiseman is one of them.

Conclusion

Not only is John speaking from experience. He has become the surival instructor with the SAS. He’s been teaching this stuff to SAS rookies. And now he has compiled all his wisdom into this very approachable, easy to digest Kindle book. This book is the culmination of the 26 years of experience that John Wiseman has had with survivaling. All this precious knowledge is now available to normal people such as you and me at the cost for a few lousy dollars.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised when I tell you that I highly recommend this book to anybody who is even remotely interested in survivaling!

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