Outdoor Safety

 

Outdoor Safety and Survival by Mike Nash (Rocky Mountain Books, April 2012) is of interest to those who use the outdoors and backcountry for recreation and/or work-related activities. In the book, the author shares information and ideas on outdoor safety and survival that he has gathered in 40 years of exploring Canada's outdoors.


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Chapter topics include: Safety awareness • preparedness • types of problems • psychology of survival • safety procedures • unexpected overnighters • equipment and first aid kit • navigation • hypothermia • frostbite • hyperthermia • desert and arid environments • electrical storms • borderline mountaineering • winter survival • avalanche • swift water • ocean shore hazards • communications • wildlife • native plants • emergency shelters • search and rescue • resource roads • downed aircraft • extended trips • group dynamics • leadership • lessons of history • and more.

The book is full of real life stories to add reader appeal and ground the book in reality. Its underlying philosophy of safety and survival applies to all aspects of life, not just the backcountry, and this, along with the 'reality checks' will interest a wide range of readers.

Outdoor Safety & Survival by Mike Nash; Rocky Mountain Books; 2012; ISBN 978-1-9273300-1-2; 6 x 9 inches; 280 pages; paperback; $29.95 (CAD)

Reviews

"Readers who pay serious attention to this formidable collection of professional-level, hard-won knowledge, interspersed with numerous entertaining anecdotes, will be far ahead of the game when it comes to embarking on safe, enjoyable backcountry trips. ...No matter the outdoor pursuit, from backpacking to snowshoeing to canoeing to forest jobsites, Nash drives home the undeniable reality - risk is an inescapable and invaluable component of outdoor activities, particularly in remote wilderness such as the Canadian Rockies, and efforts to thoughtfully mitigate that risk facilitate safe, enjoyable and rewarding experiences amidst nature's beauty and wonders." Canadian Alpine Journal 2013.

"I was taken, again and again, by the ‘Reality Check’ boxes—this is a constant refrain in the book. ...All of the chapters (and there are quite a few) are short and pithy but each covers the main issues in an informative and compact manner. The many colour photographs in the book with personal reflections and hard earned tales make this book a delight of a read. The burden of Outdoor Safety and Survival is, primarily, about being safe in the outdoors and how to survive in such a place. This means that a wide variety of topics from water to mountain to desert safety are covered—all the seasons of the year are also covered." Cloudburst (Newsletter of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia, Fall/Winter 2012.)

“There are two great things about the book …First, it expresses a great love of the out doors …Secondly, the book is chock full of Reality Checks – true tales based largely on the author's 40 years as an outdoorsman ...Take the following Reality Check, which points out that, even with the best preparation, luck can turn against us: ‘There's a cave …known at Close to the Edge ...with a 250-metre freefall. The best place to view or photograph it ...was from a rocky ledge that projected over the seemingly bottomless shaft. The ledge is no longer there, having one day fallen into the abyss between visits by cavers. I keep a picture on my fridge of me kneeling on that ledge, peering over the edge, to remind me of the capriciousness of life.’ Delicious. Nash doesn't just know what he's talking about, but writes well. And he's not afraid to tell stories against himself. ...There's plenty of good horse-sense through out the book. B.C. Caver

“Readers who pay serious attention to this formidable collection of professional level, hard-won knowledge interspersed with numerous entertaining anecdotes will be far ahead of the game when it comes to embarking on safe, enjoyable backcountry trips. ...With a crisp, easy-to-navigate design, and sprinkled with colour snapshots that helpfully illustrate the message, without doubt it's the enticingly boxed Reality Checks that capture the reader's eye and imagination with their variety of subject matter, storytelling value and occasionally, their sobering bluntness. ...No matter the outdoor pursuit, from backpacking to snowshoeing to canoeing to forest jobsites, Nash drives home the undeniable reality – risk is an inescapable and invaluable component of outdoor activities, particularly in remote wilderness such as the Canadian Rockies, and efforts to thoughtfully mitigate that risk facilitate safe, enjoyable and rewarding experiences amidst nature's beauty and wonders. ...With a lifetime of experience gained through outdoor exploration, arguably Nash's penchant for straightforward and practical solutions is his best talent…” Rocky Mountain Outlook

"This weighty guide contains detailed advice on just about every situation the outdoorsman may face in the wild …[it] fills an essential place in the library of any outdoor recreation group or club, as well as for individuals who like to play outside.” The Outdoor Recreation Report (The Outdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia)

Reviews from the First Edition

"Anyone who's interested in spending time off the beaten path would benefit from the knowledge found in this book." North Shore News

"...Nash encourages people to go out and explore the vast wilderness available in their own backyard with an awareness of safety." Prince George Citizen

"...there is useful guidance throughout the book for both field work and recreational activities... Newcomers to the outdoors will find much value in Nash's book and will do well to heed his warnings." BC Forest Professional

"…this notable book explores the potential risks of outdoor adventures and strategies to prevent or deal with challenging situations." Wilderness Medicine

"Outdoor Safety and Survival's scope is vast and is constructed in a way to enlighten the novice and seasoned naturalist alike." BC nature

"Topics covered in the book include things like navigation skills, disaster preparedness, emergency equipment... Beyond that, the book is intended to be reader friendly." Prince George Free Press

"The book deals with situations one might encounter in the interior of the province, but many of the same scenarios can occur in the southern part of B.C. ...It is an interesting and informative read and well worth having on one's bookshelf." Sooke News Mirror

"It's a valuable book for anyone who is interested in the outdoors and it's full of good, common-sense information, written in a very readable style." Kelowna Capital News


Retail Price: $29.95 CAN. ISBN 978-1-9273300-1-2

Distribution:

Heritagehouse has several supply options. For information contact Heritagehouse's distribution centre in Surrey, B.C. toll free at 1-800-665-3302 or by email at orders@hgdistribution.com. More information at: RMB Distribution and Heritage House Distribution

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The author:

Mike Nash has more than 40 years of experience with outdoor and backcountry recreation in Canada, and nearly two decades of writing about it in newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and three prior books. Mike Nash is the author of The Mountain Knows No Expert - George Evanoff, Outdoorsman and Contemporary Hero published by Natural Heritage Books and Dundurn in 2009; Exploring Prince George - A Guide to North Central B.C. Outdoors, published by Rocky Mountain Books in 2004 and 2007; and Outdoor Safety and Survival in British Columbia's Backcountry self-published in 2007. For more information about the author:

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    Too close for comfort? (photo by Mike Nash)


    Wintry conditions are possible at any time in the backcountry (photo by Mike Nash)