The Survival Handbook – Colin Towell

Take on the toughest challenges that nature can throw at you with the ultimate visual guide to camping, wilderness, and outdoor survival skills.

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The Survival Handbook – Colin Towell Description

The Survival Handbook by Colin Towell is the definitive visual guide to mastering the toughest challenges that nature can throw at you. Whether you are planning a camping trip, embarking on a wilderness adventure, or preparing for unforeseen emergencies, this book equips you with essential survival skills and knowledge to thrive in the great outdoors.

Written by an Expert

Colin Towell, an ex-SAS Combat Survival Instructor, brings his extensive experience and expertise to this comprehensive guide. His background in military survival training ensures that every tip and technique in the book is practical, reliable, and proven to work in real-life scenarios.

Comprehensive Survival Skills

The Survival Handbook is packed with survival tips, manual skills, camping essentials, and advice on how to improvise, survive, and get found, whether you are on land or at sea. This book combines no-nonsense military survival skills with ingenious bushcraft techniques, making it a versatile resource for any outdoor enthusiast.

Detailed Illustrations and Instructions

The book features specially commissioned illustrations and accessible step-by-step instructions that demonstrate how to:

  • Plan Your Expedition: Learn how to prepare for your adventure, including what to pack, how to navigate, and how to set up a safe and efficient campsite.
  • Make a Fire: Master various fire-starting techniques using natural and improvised materials, essential for warmth, cooking, and signaling for help.
  • Build a Shelter: Discover how to construct different types of shelters to protect yourself from the elements, whether you are in a forest, desert, or mountain environment.
  • Find and Purify Water: Understand the critical methods of locating and purifying water to ensure you stay hydrated.
  • Wild Food and Natural Dangers: Gain knowledge about foraging for edible plants, hunting and trapping animals, and recognizing and avoiding natural hazards.

Inspirational Real-Life Survival Stories

In addition to practical advice, The Survival Handbook includes inspirational real-life survival stories that highlight the resilience and ingenuity of individuals who have faced extreme survival situations. These stories provide valuable lessons and motivation, showing that survival is possible with the right mindset and skills.

Extreme Survival Scenarios

The book covers a wide range of survival scenarios, from basic needs like finding water and catching fish to extreme situations such as being adrift at sea or lost in the jungle. Each section is designed to prepare you for the unique challenges of different environments, ensuring you are equipped to handle any situation.

Perfect for Every Outdoor Enthusiast

Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or a novice camper, The Survival Handbook is an invaluable resource. Its compact size makes it easy to pack and carry, ensuring you have access to critical information wherever your adventures take you. This guide is perfect for:

  • Campers: Enhance your camping experience with essential tips and techniques for setting up camp, cooking, and staying safe.
  • Hikers and Backpackers: Prepare for long treks and overnight stays with advice on navigation, shelter building, and first aid.
  • Outdoor Enthusiasts: Whether you enjoy fishing, hunting, or exploring, this book provides the skills needed to thrive in the wilderness.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Equip yourself with the knowledge to survive natural disasters and emergencies, both at home and in the wild.

The Survival Handbook by Colin Towell is more than just a book; it’s a survival toolkit that empowers you to face and overcome nature’s toughest challenges. With detailed instructions, practical tips, and inspirational stories, this guide prepares you for every outdoor situation. Whether you’re planning a weekend camping trip or preparing for an extended wilderness expedition, make The Survival Handbook your go-to resource for mastering the art of survival.


Published: 3 March 2020
ISBN: 9780241437483
Imprint: Dorling Kindersley
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320