ADOPT NEW ATTITUDE AND RETURN TO THE GREAT OUTDOORS
IN CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY
March 14, 1995 -
With a growing concern for the planet, more and more
people are exploring the great outdoors and taking advantage of
all that mother nature has to offer. Unfortunately, many people
today view nature as an entity too powerful to overcome. Wilderness
survival is often seen as a desperate struggle where people are
pitted against insurmountable odds.
A hunter becomes hopelessly lost and wastes all his energy in
a fight of panic. A hiker sprains an ankle and dies of hypothermia
during a night without shelter. A downed pilot nearly starves
to death in the midst of a bounty of edible plants and animals.
A desert traveler is hospitalized for dehydration. Many of these
mishaps could be avoided, however, with a basic understanding
of wilderness survival.
Tom Brown Jr., director of the world-famous Tracking, Nature and
Wilderness Survival School shares his own personal storehouse
of experience and survival tips in TOM BROWN'S FIELD GUIDES (Berkley),
a comprehensive series on outdoor survival.
Brown who learned to track and hunt from Stalking Wolf, a displaced
Apache Indian, teaches would-be outdoorsman to build shelters
that are protected from the weather. He recommends opening the
shelter toward the east so the entryway will catch the first warming
rays of the sun. Water is another important element in wilderness
survival. Brown recommends collecting dew when water is scarce.
He says it is probably the simplest and safest way to get drinkable
water in a survival situation.
Emphasizing the importance of environmentalism, Brown says much
of the destruction and disregard for the Earth is caused by people's
alienation from the forests and fields. "Ultimately I will
feel satisfied only when I see a redirection of attitude toward
nature -- a reversal of our present tendency to exploit the land
and our fellow creatures and the beginnings of a life ethic based
on wisdom, respect reverence for all things," he says. Brown
says, "This will assure the survival of us all."