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Learn to improvise and survive...
on 13 January 2017
Great book. Having said that, I spent a few months going through the fire starting chapter and found that some of it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt until you actually try it. I tried the "bow + string" method of trying to start a fire, and found that it's probably one of the most difficult ways to start a fire (see you tube vids of people failing miserably). On a brighter note, he covers other methods that work better if you don't have a firestarter/spark generator to hand.
With that in mind, the book should probably be viewed more from a "how to improvise and survive" manual rather than a "this is exactly the way to survive" as then the scope of the book becomes clear and you'll start to apply the knowledge outside of the defined scenarios in the chapters and gain more value.
For example, I failed to see the importance of the knot tying chapter until I realised that you could improvise snow chains with 10mm nylon rope and then it dawned on me that you needed to apply the right kind of non-slip knot to ensure that it didn't come off.