Enter the Forest: A Guide to the Angeles National Forest


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Enter the Forest: A Guide to the Angeles National Forest
Manufacturer Christopher Nyerges (Survival News Service)
Page By Augie Medina
Page Type Apr 22, 2007 / Sep 18, 2010
Object ID 3020
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Product Description

This little volume combines a natural history of the San Gabriel Mountains with an orientation to survival skills in the mountains. The author, who has explored the San Gabriels since childhood, begins with the geology of these mountains, including the prominence of earthquake faults in their structure, and also covers the animals and plant life peculiar to this range. A chapter is devoted to how the native Gabrielino Indians used the plants found in these mountains for food and medicinal purposes.

Nyerges devotes considerable attention to navigation skills in the forest, and to survival skills such as making fire, finding water, and general safety and first aid considerations. The book is well written and contains a lot of good practical advice, both for the novice and for the more experienced outdoors devotee.

Despite the subtitle, this book is not a guide to hikes in the Angeles National Forest, although this in no way detracts from the value of its content.

Product Details

Price: $10.00
Paperback: 151 pages with black and white photographs
Author: Christopher Nyerges
Publisher: Survival News Service
Year of Publication: 1998
Language: English
ISBN: 0-9603190-4-2


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Augie Medina - Apr 22, 2007 7:40 pm - Voted 5/5

Great Little Volume
This is a very enjoyable little book particularly if one is familiar with the San Gabriel Mountains. For the novice, there are ample warnings about going off trail in these steep, rugged mountains and what to bring with you on any outing (“Knives are a sine qua non in any survival kit.”). For the more experienced hiker, one can’t help but pick up a valuable skill or two from the author’s coverage of survival skills such as navigation without map and compass or finding water in cactus or by making a solar still. The advice is always practical: “As for mosquitoes, I find them far more formidable than bears or mountain lions or rattlesnakes.”

However, there is some information in the book I'm sure I'll never use in the outdoors such as making soap from yucca plants.

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