BOOK: SAS Survival Handbook

May 7, 2012

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“SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation” by John Wiseman

If you could only choose one wilderness survival handbook, this might be the one, and at least should one of the top few choices. John Wiseman was a survival instructor for the SAS and is considered an authority on survival training. The book is easy to read and well illustrated.

NOTE – the “GEM Collins” version is a reduced print version and handy for small spaces but it suffers from hard to read small print and a lot of the detail in the illustrations is lost by the reduction in size – consider buying one of each size for different scenarios.

From the basics of shelter, water, and fire to edible plants, trapping and hunting, navigation, first aid and many more topic areas, this handbook offers expert advice with a common sense attitude.

As with all survival books, every expert has their own point of view and maybe opinions in some areas that others might disagree with. Supplement this book with others from authors with different backgrounds and experience. But this should be considered a “master” handbook and a great starting point for wilderness survival reference.



SAS Survival Handbook – available from

Book Description
Publication Date: March 3, 2009

For Any Climate, in Any Situation.

Newly updated to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology, the internationally bestselling SAS Survival Handbook is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster, this complete course includes:

Being prepared: Understanding basic survival needs and preparing essentials, such as a pocket survival kit.

Making camp: Finding the best location, constructing the appropriate shelter, organizing camp, and creating tools.

Food: What to eat, what to avoid, where to find it, and how to prepare it.

First aid: A comprehensive course in emergency/wilderness medicine, including how to maximize survival in any climate or when injured.

Disaster survival: How to react in the face of increasingly frequent natural disasters and hostile situations—and how to survive at home if all services and supplies are cut off.

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