Today, I get to share something that some wonderful people and I have been working on for almost two years: a big, fat book containing pretty much everything I know about the outdoors.
It’s called The Great Outdoors: A User’s Guide, and is the result of about a dozen years of dabbling and fumbling around doing everything from ice climbing to canoeing. Thanks to the folks at Artisan Books, I got to put all this knowledge down in 300-plus pages covering pretty much every human-powered outdoor activity (including eating, making coffee, and using the bathroom), and have a good time with it as well.
Q: Can I drink my own urine in an emergency situation?
A: This is a free country. You can drink your own urine in any situation, emergency or not. But for survival purposes …
My good friend Seth Neilson illustrated the entire book:
The book will tell you how to pack a backpack, what percentage of rattlesnake bite victims are legally drunk, why you don’t need to carefully fold your tent back up after each use, whether or not you should take a machete hiking, how to have sex in a tent, how to to a wet exit in a kayak, and about 394 other useful skills, tips and tricks.
I hope you like it. We had a lot of fun putting it together. Here are a few places you can buy it online in hardcover and ebook editions, in addition to your local indie bookstore.