Book Review: Lost and Stranded

A recent read was Lost and Stranded: Expert Advice on How to Survive Being Alone in the Wilderness. Not tent reading material I suppose, but an excellent book to help one make wise(r) choices in the wilds.

Author Timothy Sprinkle breaks down the dangers that can affect hikers, backpackers, hunters, kayakers and any one who is in the outdoors. From animal encounters, weather events (lightning strikes), parasites (giardia), biting insects (bees/wasps), winter hazards (avalanches), natural disasters (forest fires), hypothermia, dehydration, disorientation, and more.  Each topic starts with a case involving a human in the outdoors and a discussion on how it happened, the why (if there even was one) and how one can hope to avoid the same issue. In some it just comes down to the wrong place, at the wrong time, which is always unsettling. But in many you realize that your chances of it are very low.

It’s not light reading. It is however an informative read. Perfect for those long nights in winter, preferably by a fire.

FTC Disclaimer: We received a review copy.

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