The Hunger Games is one of the most popular movies of all times. Of particular note – many of those interested in preparedness liked the movie as most of it dealt with people trying to survive a “game” of survival in the wilderness. People used strategy, unique skills, and the forest around them to last as long as possible as they killed each other. Check the movie out of you have not seen it.
Creek Stewart of http://www.willowhavenoutdoor.com fame has written one of the most unique survival books I have ever read. Basically, The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide is a survival manual written with The Hunger Games in mind. Throughout the book Creek references characters, events and locations within the movie. Even some of the specific skills from the movie are shown and instructions are given.
One small example from the book is where water purification and filtration is discussed. Modern techniques such as Katadyn filters are mentioned – but also more primitive methods. In the movie the main character – Katniss – uses rocks that have been heated by the sun to warm a bowl of soup. Creek talks about how water can be boiled by taking small rocks that have been sitting in a fire or on coals, and dropping them directly in the water.
This book is a really interesting read. You do not need to be a Hunger Game fan to like the book – but it helps.
Here are a few questions Creek answered regarding his new book:
Q: What is The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide?
A: At the end of the day, The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide is a primitive survival
skills book. These are real life skills for real life survival scenarios. The Hunger Games theme is just a
bonus. For Hunger Games fans, this book brings the survival skills mentioned in that book series to life.
Q: Have you seen an increased interest from teens in survival skills over the past few years?
A: Absolutely! Many of my students at Willow Haven are teens whose first dose of survival was from
The Hunger Games book series. This is what sparked the idea to write the book. I even host an
Unofficial Hunger Games Survival Course where I teach ONLY the skills mentioned in that series and
it’s full every time.
Q: What are your favorite survival skills mentioned in The Hunger Games book series that you
teach in your new book?
A: I love primitive traps and snares so it’s been a lot of fun bringing Gale’s famous Twitch-Up snare to
life. And, I’ve enjoyed perfecting Peeta’s natural camouflage techniques. I even teach how to make a
primitive bow and arrow similar to what Katniss might use.
Q: What’s a skill that you teach in The Unofficial Hunger Gamer Wilderness Survival Guide that
might surprise us?
A: I show readers how to make a wooden container using hot coals from a fire and then boil water in it
using hot rocks. That’s about as primitive as it gets when it comes to purifying water.
Q: Is your new book just for young adults and Hunger Games fans?
A: Absolutely not. No matter what your age, if you like survival skills you will enjoy this book. And,
reading The Hunger Games book series is not a prerequisite. This is a great survival skills book even if
you’ve never heard of The Hunger Games.
Q: Have you always been a fan of survival fiction books?
A: Heck yes, since I was a little boy. My Side of the Mountain and HATCHET are two of my favorite
books of all time. I can’t believe that 25 later I’m now teaching survival skills to people from all over the
world. I’ve also just finished my first survival fiction novel titled RUGOSA. It’s everything I ever
wanted to read myself in a survival fiction book. It’s the story of a boy who takes a treacherous 400 mile
journey to save the one girl he can’t survive without.
To celebrate the release of The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide – Creek sent me two Unoffical Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guides Gift Packs.
These Gift Packs contain a Willow Haven Outdoor Logo Sling Pack, a 100% cotton Willow Haven Outdoor Survival Bandanna and a Multi-Fuctional Survival Tool with built in lanyard, compass, ferro rod, whistle and water-proof container for storing matches other survival kit items – and an autographed copy of The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide.
Want a chance to win one of the packs? No problem! Just leave a comment to this post as to the one wilderness survival skill you would like to learn how to do.
That’s it! In three days I will select two winners.
Good luck all –
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