Most people are familiar with survival shows on television such as “Man vs. Wild” and “Survivorman”; I have always been intrigued my the miraculous stories about surviving in the elements and beating the odds. It just amazes me what the human body and mind can endure once face to face with death.Â I recently read the book entitled “Survive” by Peter DeLeo, and it really got me thinking… I am CPR, First Aid, Defibrillator trained, and like to think that I know enough about nature, camping, and the outdoors… but do I have what it takes to survive, really survive something if I were put in a similar situation?
In his narrative, Peter describes his experience and provides the reader with many great survival tips. His story begins in 1994Â when he and two of his friends and colleagues take a trip in his small single engine Maule plane to the High Sierras to take some photographs of the awe-inspiring scenery. Unfortunately, the trip takes a disastrous turn for the worst when the plane crashes into the mountain range. All three passengers are alive (but severely injured) when the plane comes to a stop. The remainder of the story tells aboutÂ Peter’sÂ journey, hiking over 45 miles in 13 days with 16+ broken bones, and discusses what kept him going. A must read in my opinion.
I would love to know what books other people recommend that are about survival, or extreme circumstances that are overcome!