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  • “Prepare for Anything Survival Manual: 338 Essential Skills” 
  • by Tim MacWelsch
  • WELDON OWEN | 2014 | Softcover

I’m not a survivalist… I think of myself as a camper.

My general positive attitude leaves me oblivious to potential global disasters that will leave the world in such a state that every man, woman and child will be “just surviving”. 

I’m comfortable living in my beautiful world looking at everything through my rose-coloured glasses.  Life is good!


So why did I read Tim MacWelch’s “Prepare For Anything Survival Manual: 338 Essential Skills”?

First of all, I didn’t read it like a conventional book. Like chocolate macaroons, Tiger Tail ice cream,  pistachios nuts or a good bottle of Chardonnay… I couldn’t just read one page.  Once I opened this very addictive book, I was unable to put it down.  One page leads to another and then another. It’s like crack literature.

The book is filled with hundreds of wilderness and survival tips, checklists, and strategies to handle natural disasters, pandemics, economic collapse and terrorism. Fun and dark at the same time.

The book is laid out in a friendly and easy-to-read format, listing all 338 skills into 3 categories: Gear, Skills and Survival.  The photos and drawings supplemented  MacWelch’s words perfectly, and the text was short, simple and easy to read. 

The paper and binding are solid and heavy allowing for years of reading, sharing and abusing. The binding cover corners even have brass edges to reduce wear. Well done.

Make no mistake. This is a reference book, filled with the thoughts and opinions of MacWelch. Please don’t take his advice as the definitive answer to all that is survival… however, it is an excellent place to start the discussion. 

I haven’t read a book with more enthusiasm since the mid-sixties. “The Golden Book of Camping and Camp Crafts” was a gift from my parents when I was 10. I read that book from cover to cover dozens of times and left the pages dog-eared and thin. I wore the clothing, built the tools and set the camps. I become one with the book. On cold rainy camping trips, the book became my best friend.


Admittedly “Prepare For Anything Survival Manual: 338 Essential Skills” has similar characteristics… I have changed. In this techno age of the internet, this manual has brought back memories of the golden age of books. Books were cherished and valuable possessions. 

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I haven’t read a book with more enthusiasm since the mid-sixties
Publisher’s Word

Are you preparing for the collapse of society? Concerned about making it through the next category 4 hurricane? Looking to be less dependent on an increasingly fragile infrastructure? If so, you are definitely not alone. In this timely follow-up to The Ultimate Survival Manual, Prepare for Anything is packed with hundreds of gear, skills, and survival tips and strategies to help you be ready for anything, from economic collapse and terrorism to natural disasters and government surveillance. All over America, families are transforming spare rooms into long-term storage pantries, planting survival gardens, unplugging from the grid, converting their homes to alternative sources of energy, taking self-defence courses, and stocking up on just about everything and anything imaginable.

So what are all of these people preparing for? The motivations may vary, but the general consensus is that our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and there are a whole host of civilization-endangering events to be concerned about. Outdoor Life: Prepare for Anything will take you through these potential threats and teach you how to become prepared for them. From how to strategize, and the right gear for your actions in the wake of a disaster—or simply how to get back to the land and become less dependent on the system. This is the book for the growing prepper movement, with hands-on hints, easy-to-use checklists, and engaging first-person stories to break down the crucial do’s and don’ts. It will help educate you on various threats and help to ensure that you ride out whatever Mother Nature, the government, foreign powers, or modern society can throw at you.

About the Author

TIM MACWELCH, founder and head instructor at Master Woodsman School, has had a love of the outdoors from a young age, growing up on a farm in the rolling hills of Virginia. Eating wild berries, fishing for trout and learning about the animals of the forest were an everyday part of his country life. Tim has been an active practitioner of survival and outdoor skills for over twenty-four years, and he has been actively teaching survival skills for the past 16 years. Tim and his wilderness school have been on Good Morning America and National Geographic, and featured in several publications including Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and the Washington Post newspaper.

Tim has written articles for Outdoor Life magazine, The Virginia Sportsman newspaper, and for several blogs and online survival sites. At the beginning of 2011, Tim became the head contributor for the Outdoor Life Survival website, providing them with 3 articles per week, every week


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