For anyone who has ever dreamed of leaving it all behind and heading for the hills, survival expert and three-time New York Times bestselling author, Tim MacWelch, makes that a reality with How to Survive Off the Grid. Concrete, useful hints cover everything from raising chickens in your urban backyard to going totally off the grid in your all-solar log cabin.
A guide for the modern homesteader this covers energy efficiency, finding and pumping your own water, keeping chickens, goats, bees, and other critters, and much more from a practical hands-on perspective.
GET THERE Decide how far off the grid you want to get, choose your spot, and take the plunge (or adapt these hints to a more suburban or even urban lifestyle) Stake Your Claim Gimme Shelter Water or Life The Heat Is On Power Up
LIVE THEREEnsure you have enough to eat on a daily basis, and all year round. More than Meals Veggies for All Fruits and Nuts Amber Waves of Grain Backyard Critters Get Your Goat Have a Cow, Man Fish & Bugs
SURVIVE THERE Eat nature's bounty, build a safe house and nurse yourself back to health The Long Haul Hunt & Fish Level Up Safe as Houses Be Your own Doctor Bug Out! Into the Wild
With high-quality design, amazing illustrations, and a durable, wipe-clean flexicover with metallic corner-guards—this comprehensive lifestyle book is the perfect gift!
Good To Know: What It Is & How Long It Lasts
Does an unopened bottle of ketchup last longer than a jar of fruity jam? Assuming that you’ve stored your food in a cool, dry, dark place, it should last for its maximum shelf life under these ideal conditions. Here are some relative durations of common foodstuffs.
Chocolate chips, semi-sweet: 2 years Cocoa: 1 year Honey: indefinitely Nuts, shelled: 4 months Olive oil: 6 months Dry spices: 2-3 years Cereal (unopened): 6-12 months Dried fruit (raisins, apricots, etc.): 6-12 months Jerky, commercial packaged: 12 months Cookies, packaged: 2 months Crackers: 8 months Rice, brown: 6 months Hot sauce: 5 years unopened Jam: 2 years
Tim MacWelch has been an active practitioner of survival and outdoor skills for over 26 years. His love of the outdoors started at a young age, growing up on a farm in the rolling hills of Virginia. Eating wild berries, fishing, and learning about the animals of the forest were all part country life. Tim became interested in survival skills and woodcraft as an offshoot of backpacking as a teen—out in remote areas, it seemed like a smart plan to learn some skills. The majority of his training over the years has involved testing survival skills and devising new ones, but the biggest leaps forward occurred as a result of teaching. Tim’s teaching experiences over the years have been rich and diverse, from spending hundreds of hours volunteering to founding his own year-round survival school 18 years ago. He has worked with Boy Scouts, youth groups, summer camps, and adults in all walks of life, as well as providing outdoor skills training for numerous personnel in law enforcement, search and rescue organizations, all branches of the United States Armed Forces, the State Department, and the Department of Justice and some of its agencies. Tim and his wilderness school have been featured on Good Morning America and several National Geographic programs, and featured in many publications including Conde Nast Traveler , the Washington Post, and American Survival Guide . Tim has written hundreds of pieces for Outdoor Life and many other publications. Tim’s current and past articles can be found at survival.outdoorlife.com and you can learn more about his survival school at www.advancedsurvivaltraining.com.