Chapter one: THE WILL TO LIVE
Survival skills are important -- there's no doubting that. But having the will
to survive is crucial. Knowledge is useless if you don't have the presence of mind to use it; focused determination is a singular force. There are plenty of cases where people, with absolutely no training or prior experience in the skills of survival, have managed to pull through life-threatening situations on willpower alone. I will never forget interviewing a woman by the name of Val Plumwood some fifteen years ago. She'd been out in a canoe all morning, bird-watching along a tributary of the East Alligator River in the...