It’s not surprising that one of the hottest survival gear items on the market is a good old fashioned plant. Let’s face it, plants are great for all sorts of things! They can provide you with shelter and warmth in an emergency, they can be used to make natural remedies for ailments, and they’re even edible. You’ll need some knowledge before you head into the wild though so we’ve compiled this list of reviews from around the web on some essential guides to Rocky Mountain plants!
Your favorite food, your way.
Blog Post Title: Survival Gear Review: Survival Guides to Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains
1. What are your thoughts on the kind of design these plants have so they can be easy to identify and find?
2. Did you learn anything from this book that maybe surprised you, or convinced you of something based on evidence?
3. Which plants in particular are worth storing as food supplies because they store well and will keep for a long period of time?
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Bushcraft is a new and necessary skill for surviving in the wilderness. Jason Schwartz, owner of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft has created two foldouts which detail many different skills that may be needed when venturing into unfamiliar territory or when disaster strikes your home. For less than the cost of a box American made ammo you could outfit yourself with some really handy knowledge to make sure you are prepared no matter what situation arises next time you go on an afternoon hike or if S hits fan while at home!
With over 500 publications and five million sales, Waterford Press provides a plethora of reference booklets. Two recent editions to join their growing list are Edible Survival Plants in the Rocky Mountains which features 12 pages with vertically oriented information on edible plants found around Colorado’s famous rockies mountains, as well as Medicinal Plant survival guide that is six-folded into twelve individual pages for easy navigation through this essential flora from across North America.
The guides are essential for anyone who wants to identify plants without a degree in botany. The pictures make it so easy to find the right plant, and the descriptions do an excellent job of telling you what that particular part is used for – whether topical or as food.
There are a lot of situations where you may need to rely on your own resources and skills for survival. This can range from being lost in the Rocky Mountains, hiking or backpacking through remote regions, or even just not having enough food supplies at home during an emergency situation like Hurricane Maria. The author provides practical reference guides that will help hikers/backpackers navigate wild plants and trees without getting too hungry with these handy yet realistic handbooks!
The philosophy behind the guides according to their author is make life easier when it comes down to going off-grid – whether by choice or out necessity (from three days up)! These handy but real walkabout tips provide plant knowledge as well as first aid advice which could come in very useful if ever
When I was researching for this article, what surprised me the most is that many of my favorite plants were often not included in these guides. In order to find them you had either have a knowledge about where they are located or spend time looking for it on your property and hope it pops up eventually. This made me really question just how thorough some plant field guide books can be but also wonder if people who create those types of books know which ones we’re all out there hunting down?
A new study warns that hunting and gathering of North American medicinal plants could lead to the extinction of a rare plant species. Humans are unpredictable, so there’s always an overzealous collector who can’t help but pick up more than they need – even when it comes at the cost for another creature like this Curly-Cup Gumweed which looks similar to one mentioned in Howell’s Guide. The chance is slim with only 1 region worried about harvesting too much from their population, but some people just don’t know how careful you have to be sometimes!
Have you ever seen a cactus in the Rocky Mountains? Neither have I.
According to the Saguache County, Colorado Sheriff’s Department, these survival guides are so helpful that they’ve been adopted as essential equipment for when backcountry survival might be an issue. The Medicinal Survival Plants of the Rocky Mountains guide contains 18 plants which seven are trees and is half pages long while Half edibles plant book has 19 with three being trees and takes up only a single page per edible plant.
Jason Schwartz is a bushcrafter through and though. He’s been teaching wilderness survival skills for years, but this book puts his knowledge on display in such an informative way that it shouldn’t just be the go-to guidebook for anyone looking to learn about edible plants; it should also serve as inspiration when they are feeling down or uninspired with their current path of life.
“Trip, Flip and Move”
Jason’s words are a perfect explanation of the baton. The arm’s length branch is used as both an object to pound on and for protection in dangerous situations, but it doesn’t cost much or weigh much either! These guides can be found anywhere from $5-$20 depending on where you go and how many options they contain within them- something every traveler should know about before visiting another country.
It’s not just about the knowledge.
An article on how to prepare for an emergency in the wild. It is advised that you familiarize yourself with edible and medicinal flora, as they could be lifesaving or useful when waiting out a natural disaster outside of your home.