“Duane showed me the book you gave him the other day,” I said to Survival Sam during a phone call. “He was mighty glad to have it.”
“It’s the sort of book a person like Duane needs if he or she doesn’t have a lot of knowledge already about being in the outdoors,” Sam said. “It’s called How to Think Like a Survivor, by Tom Watson.”
“Duane showed me some of the pictures of shelters, fire starters, knives, signals, first aid gear, and so on. Since he’s planning to take the family camping this summer, he liked the checklists in the book, too.”
“Any kind of trip into the outdoors can turn into an emergency survival situation, especially if you’re not prepared,” Sam said. “You might have to know how everyday items can function as multiuse tools in the wilderness, and that’s one thing that book covers.”
“Sounds like it could be useful for just about anybody,” I said.
“Even so-called experts can get caught off guard,” said Sam. “I’ve heard of people with great outdoors skills who didn’t fare well, and I’ve heard of people with poor skills who did great, all because they were mentally prepared.”
“It never hurts to go over the basics,” Sam continued. “They do it in sports all the time, if they’re going to have a winning team. Only in this instance we’re talking about survival.”