I’ll get to what the title of this article is referring to in a bit, so please keep reading. These days… while not quite a dime a dozen, survival manuals seem to be everywhere. When choosing survival manuals… same as with any other instructional book… the ones written by those experienced in what they are writing about are usually the best. This is because they not only talk about the skills and tools necessary to survival that anybody can rehash into their own book… but they also relate that practiced know-how to real events that they have survived.
‘Six Ways In & Twelve Ways Out’ is one of those manuals. It was written to supplement and expound upon certain survival concepts and techniques covered by US military survival manuals, the most well known of which is probably ‘FM 3-05.70 (FM 21–76) US Army Survival Manual (this is the free pdf version)‘… this is an essential volume for your survival reference library bookshelf, so get a hardcopy version… but where ‘6 Ways In & 12 Ways Out’ really differs from the official military manuals is its writing style. George Jasper, former U.S. Army Ranger and author of ‘6 Ways In & 12 Ways Out’, entertainingly and experientially relates the importance of the included techniques and tools to U.S. Rescue and Special Operations Group (RSOG) cadre success in the field.
It reminds me of the first survival book I ever read, at the age of twelve… Tom Brown Jr.’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival… in two words and a parenthetic… GET IT (and that’s not just the twelve year old in me talking)! A survival manual should make you feel like getting up and getting outside and practicing the techniques! That is the effect Tom Brown Jr. had on me when I was twelve, and Jasper had the same effect on me when I discovered much later in life… ‘Six Ways In & Twelve Ways Out’.
Similar to Brown, Jasper goes into personal and technical detail in such a way as to make you feel as though you are there. This is important when choosing a survival manual because of all the topics you want to make sure you do not merely learn superficially… survival is the most important.
There are many good survival manuals out there… but the two mentioned here… are great. In fact, they compliment each other. Brown’s background, to put as simply as I can… is a barefoot spiritual understanding of the connection that may exist, should man choose, between man and nature… whereas Jasper’s is purely military… a condensed and personally practical how-to. These are THE two books I recommend to ANYBODY interested in learning the basics and beyond of wilderness survival.
While together… Brown’s ‘Wilderness Survival Skills’ and Jasper’s ‘Six Ways & Twelve Ways Out’ have had a yin/yang relationship effect on my understanding of nature, wilderness survival and on me personally, this article is focused predominantly on ‘6 Ways In & 12 Ways Out’… a survival manual that EVERYBODY interested in wilderness survival NEEDS!!! It covers each aspect of wilderness survival in a lot of unique detail, and there are a multitude of helpful illustrations.
So… now that you are more or less convinced that your survival reference library is not complete without ‘Six Ways In & Twelve Ways Out’… you recall my mention of getting ‘6 Ways In & 12 Ways Out’ for only $1. Sound too good to be true…? Well, here’s how.
In addition to extolling how great a survival manual ‘Six Ways In & Twelve Ways Out’ is… this blog post also serves as a fundraiser for Ecoculture Village. Contribute $1+… and for every $100 donated, I will send to one person from that group of people who contributed to that particular $100… a prize!
WHAT IS THE PRIZE?
The prize is… ‘Six Ways In & Twelve Ways Out’!!! – “This basic skills manual is a compilation of the training material that U.S. Rescue and Special Operations Group (RSOG) cadre use to train military personnel during the Survival and Evasion course. The Commander of U.S. RSOG has added brief text that applies to the material about cadre experiences in the field. There are over 185 pages of text and simple to follow illustrations. All proceeds from the sale of this manual go to the training budget of U.S. RSOG personnel.”
You really should have two copies of this book…one for your survival reference library bookshelf, and the other in your survival kit bag.
HOW WILL I CHOOSE WHO GETS THE PRIZED BOOK?
I will choose at random from $100. In other words, each dollar contributed represents a possible winner. All the people who contributed at least $1 will count for as many dollars as they contributed… each $1 contributed counts as 1 chance out of 100; so if someone contributes $5 dollars, then that person counts as 5 of the 100 people represented by each $1 of the $100 contributed total.
By contributing via this fundraiser, you are contributing toward the fulfillment of not only the mission and vision of Ecoculture Village… but also to U.S. RSOG.
So, contribute $1+ and feel awesome… especially if you win the prize!
If you would rather buy ‘Six Ways In & Twelve Ways Out’, it can be purchased here.
What five books do you think should be on everyone’s survival reference library bookshelf… and perhaps more importantly, which one book do you think should be in everyone’s survival kit bag?
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