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A Real Mountainman

He can survive in the desert.

For many years, I have had a copy of the book Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen.  Recently I wrote an article and stated that most people would die of slow starvation if they attempted to live solely of what they could gather from the wilds.  Well he is an exception to this rule.  He has spent most of his life teaching the ways to survive in the western U.S.

While teaching at wilderness survival courses at BYU, he took thousands of students on survival trips in the desert.  The students were only allowed to take the clothes on their back and often stayed out weeks with him. …

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A Review of Outdoor Survival Skills

outdoor survival skillsI first saw this book, Outdoor Survival Skills, in 1967 when it originally came out. I still have my first copy. Larry Dean Olsen, the author of this book, is one of the founders of the survivalist movement in the late 1960’s. His book is written for the person who is dropped off in the wilderness with nothing. His book teaches primitive skills.

Larry’s approach to survival is based on the idea that survival training is best achieved by learning to live off the land without manufactured gear. The book has excellent chapters on shelter, fire and water. A skills section has lots of information on stone working, bone working, making bow and arrows and trapping.…

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