Backpacker The Survival Hacker’s Handbook provides detailed instruction on how to use everyday items to survive in extraordinary circumstances. Sure, the quirk is here. For instance, learn how to make a fishhook out of a beer can, start a fire with hand sanitizer, or purify water with bleach. But it goes beyond the quirk to identify real solutions for real scenarios—with real items you carry with you. The book includes useful tips and tricks from survival experts, and provides step-by-step instructions, along with short stories of survival situations where these modern survival skills have come into play.
The book is organized around basic fundamental concepts of survival: finding food, building shelter, securing water, etc.
Ted Alvarez is Backpacker magazine’s Northwest Editor and was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2014. He spent a year as the columnist for Backpacker’s Survival Lab column. He’s the author of Backpacker’s The National Parks Coast to Coast (Falcon, April 2016).