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#247924 - 07/03/12 07:21 PM Re: Childhood Survival Books [Re: garland]
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#261486 - 06/25/13 05:55 PM Re: Childhood Survival Books [Re: T_Co]

Nice memories about childhood and nice lessons were learned at that time. There are many thing that looks foolish at that time when elders told to do so. But after spending a span of life, many realities come to known us, they have told that thing for our beneficial future life.

#261492 - 06/26/13 01:43 AM Re: Childhood Survival Books [Re: T_Co]
Lono Offline
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Registered: 10/19/06
Posts: 1013
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
Jerry Todd Pirate
Jerry Todd and the Oak Island Treasure

#261503 - 06/26/13 12:25 PM Re: Childhood Survival Books [Re: Lono]
nursemike Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 817
Loc: wellington, fl
Tunnel in the sky, Farnham's freehold by Robert Heinlein
Dance like you have never been hurt, work like no one is watching,love like you don't need the money.

#273268 - 12/14/14 08:04 PM Re: Childhood Survival Books [Re: nursemike]
Comanche7 Offline

Registered: 07/04/02
Posts: 435
Loc: Florida
Seconding Bacpacjac's nomination and adding "Alas Babylon" by Pat Frank (came out in 70's?). Wasn't really a childhood book, but it made me think.

#273276 - 12/15/14 03:45 PM Re: Childhood Survival Books [Re: T_Co]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3242
Loc: USA
When I was in Fifth Grade I read the Hardy Boys novels, and when I found The Hardy Boys Handbook: Seven Stories of Survival I gobbled it up. I think I read it ten times. It would be difficult to overstate the impact it had on me. I vowed then and there to not be caught without at least a swiss army knife from them on.

#273280 - 12/16/14 06:17 AM Re: Childhood Survival Books [Re: T_Co]
CDVXF7 Offline

Registered: 02/25/07
Posts: 45
The Golden book of Camping and Camp Crafts is top of my list. National Audubon Society Field Guides to Insects and spiders, Reptiles, birds, trees. Those were my go to books to browse while eating lunch during summer vacation.
For fiction Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George was my favorite. She does it right. Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien. Also Journey Outside by Mary Q. Steele. They are good because they make a point of the main characters survival skills both practical and mental.

Those are what come to mind right know. I'll probably remember others

#273302 - 12/18/14 03:54 AM Re: Childhood Survival Books [Re: T_Co]
Mark_R Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 05/29/10
Posts: 853
Loc: Southern California
Hatchet by Gary Paulson
Z is for Zacharia by Robert O'Brien
Trouble River by Betsy Myers (not really a survival book so much as a don't underestimate what you can accomplish with courage and elbow grease)
Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane

#273305 - 12/18/14 04:48 PM Re: Childhood Survival Books [Re: T_Co]
clearwater Offline
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Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 1137
Loc: Channeled Scablands

Excellent read. Traversing glaciers on horseback, Sawing planks to build a boat to float a whitewater river, walking 30 miles a day as winter sets in Alaska after losing their gear on the boat.

"Eric Collier's riveting recollections about the 26 years that he, his wife Lillian and son Veasy spent homesteading in the isolated Chilcotin wilderness made for an international bestseller and one of the most famous books ever written about British Columbia.

"This reprint of an actual early-nineteenth-century diary provides today's readers with a delightful rarity. Eric Sloane has taken a fifteen-year-old farm boy's brief, concise notebook and expanded the daily entries with explanatory narrative and his own remarkable drawings. As a result, he has preserved the simplicity and charm of a bygone era."

Dry but information you won't find elsewhere
"This book was published in 1958. It contains 12 chapters, one for each month of the year, starting with January and ending with December. In each chapter the authors explain what "happens" in the Arctic during that month: what happens to the winds, waves, water, ice, the plants, the animals, and so on. Maps and line drawings accompany each chapter. I found the book very informative for what the Arctic year was like 50 years ago. With global warming, I'm not sure this book would be accurate today. Still, it's very worth reading or consulting."

#273339 - 12/22/14 12:16 AM Re: Childhood Survival Books [Re: clearwater]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7129
Loc: southern Cal
Asa kid, I followed the historical exploits of Dan'l B and Davy C and all those guys. Later I found the annual publication[/u]Accidents in North American Mountaineering[u][/u], and [u]The Survival Book[u][/u] by Nesbitt, Pond, and Allen to be quite informative. The latter, written in 1959, still contains useful information, although parts are charmingly obsolete (back pressure, arm lift resuscitation, anyone?)
Geezer in Chief

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