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This is a book that should be read by everyone venturing into the wilderness, and by those pursuing other dangerous sports and activities.  

Great for the analysis of past accidents, the survey and explanantion of neuro science advances and of basic psychology.  Lots of information new to me about how and why the brain works, and how the body often controls the brain.

Don't miss it.  

Well written, given how dense the subject matter is.  Not a fast read, but well worth the time to concentrate and digest, IMO.

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales.

Here is quote from the blurb:  "In Deep Survival Laurence Gonzales combines hard science and powerful storytelling to illuminate the mysteries of survival, whether in the wilderness or in meeting any of life's great challenges."


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Sounds interesting and worthwhile  I'll add it to my list.

Thanks.


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I posted a review on this one a long time back.  It's definitely worth reading.
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It is a good book. He's got a new one out called Surviving Survival that I'm on the waitlist from the library.

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I liked the survival stories in this book, but got bored by the in-depth techinical/scientific explanations of the body, etc.  I don't mind a quick explanation, but this just got too deep for me.  I was reading it for the stories.

However, I was not so disappointed in Deep Survival, that I won't check out Surviving Survival.


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awesome , thanks for the recommendation, will definitely be putting it on my to read list next.
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You guys who are interested in this book, may be interested in the book, Lost Person Behavior: a search and rescue guice on where to look - for land, air and water by Robert J. Koester.  I haven't read it, but it has peaked my interest.

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Thanks, sounds like a good follow up to Deep Survival.

See how his rules of survival apply in some more life threatening situations, and see the problems from the rescuer point of view, as opposed to the adventurer, lost person, or danger junkie.


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Thanks, sounds like a good follow up to Deep Survival.

See how his rules of survival apply in some more life threatening situations, and see the problems from the rescuer point of view, as opposed to the adventurer, lost person, or danger junkie.

He doesn't say much about rules.  It's more about what personal characteristics affect survival, as explored through a handful of case studies.
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Hmm, well, maybe you don't call them rules, but that is what Gozales called them in his summary in the appendix, "The Rules of Adventure"

Perceive, believe, then act.

Avoid impulsive behavior, don't hurry.

Know your stuff.

Get the information.

Commune with the dead.

Be humble.

When in doubt, bail out.

Stay positive.

He also makes a list of things that survivors do, whatever you may want to call them, and he provides some psychological and neurological basis for why and how they work.

I agree with a lot that he has to say.


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