Gary Kraus





Knowledge For The Outdoors

(A Survival Skills Manual)



by Gary Kraus



Welcome to an exciting adventure in learning. Everywhere, people are spending more and more time in a variety of wilderness settings. However, whether you are a sports enthusiast or adventurer, an outdoor educator or naturalist, there is some essential information that is necessary in order to be comfortable and safe in the outdoors. This "core information" allows you to travel safely, with a minimum of equipment if you chose, through a variety of terrain and weather conditions.

I have been teaching outdoor skills and survival techniques for over 20 years, and one point continues to come up; most people do not know the basic principles for living and surviving in the outdoors. Many are good skiers or hikers, but are not prepared to deal with unexpected weather or emergencies. In such instances, the inability to light a fire or signal for help can become life threatening.

When I first began compiling this information, my intent was to create a lesson plan book for the classes I was teaching. What evolved was not only a systematic method of teaching outdoor skills, but also a "how to" instruction book that could be used by individuals or educators to advance their own skills or to teach others. Whether you are on a day hike or an extended trek, I am confident that this book will expand your knowledge of the outdoors!

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