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Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness

Review Last Updated: January 30, 2020

Terry Daine
Product Review by Terry Daine

Product Features

  • Written by primitive survival experts John and Geri McPherson
  • Explores ancient wilderness survival techniques, such as the use of bow and arrows
  • More than 700 pictures and diagrams

Introduction

Today we'll be reviewing the Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness.

Our reviews are based on in-depth research and product analysis. Let's dive in!

Pros

  • Written by primitive survival experts John and Geri McPherson
  • Explores ancient wilderness survival techniques, such as the use of bow and arrows
  • More than 700 pictures and diagrams
  • A unique area of wilderness survival that is not often explored in other books

Cons

  • Some of the techniques can't be applied to real-life as they require unattainable items
  • Published in 1993 so information may not be entirely up to date
  • Not very lightweight if you want to carry it with you

Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills: Naked into the Wilderness Product Review

If your area of interest around wilderness survival is primitive living, then this book could be of use to you.

Written by true primitivists John and Geri McPherson (often known in the survival community as ‘Prairie Wolf’), this book contains practical advice on how to survive with little to no resources. While it may seem more of an entertaining idea than useful for reality, primitive survival skills can come in handy when you least expect it.

Unique from other wilderness survival books, this book focuses on using ancient skills to help you stay alive. This includes, for example, advice on using a bow and arrow to hunt for meat, and how to use sticks and stones as tools. Although this might seem far-fetched, if this type of survival is of interest to you, then the book contains a lot of detailed information on the subject. It also includes over 700 pictures and diagrams, so you are never without a point of reference.

However, some readers have noted that the techniques aren’t entirely ‘primitive.’ They can sometimes require items that you won’t find easily in the wilderness, such as a refrigerator. This is worth bearing in mind, as you may not be able to quickly adapt all of the advice to real primitive survival.

Another potential issue with the book is its publication date. Although it focuses on primitive, ancient techniques that shouldn’t require technology, the book was published in 1993, so there has possibly been a lot more research into primitive survival since that time.

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