Wilderness survival guides identify the will to live as critical for overcoming a wilderness emergency. Knowledge, skill, and equipment are always secondary. However, they rarely devote more than a sentence to the subject. This book discusses the heroic journey, how the wilderness heals, and the deep foundations that make a will to live possible. More
Wilderness survival guides consistently identify the will to live as the most important factor for overcoming an emergency. Knowledge, skill, and equipment are always considered as secondary. However, the ever increasing number of survival guides rarely devote more than half a sentence to the subject, preferring instead to move on to skill and equipment. Survival guides say little if anything about what the will to live is or how to get one. The assumption is that you either have the will to live or you do not. And if not, you are out of luck. Nonsense! For many of us, especially those with PTSD or similar afflictions, the will to live cannot be taken for granted. Yet neither is it unattainable. This book is not a conventional survival guide. Heroic Journey: Finding the Will to Survive in the Wilderness discusses the components that make up a will to live and the deeper foundations that make having one possible. We then take a look at the inner workings of how wilderness heals. By using less gear and older techniques without compromising safety, those whose life is a daily struggle can discover and connect with their inner foundations for survival. Heroic Journey: Finding the Will to Survive in the Wilderness provides tools to survive not just in the wilderness, but back in the city as well.