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98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive
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$14.95 gatefold paper * 1-58685-234-5 * May6 x 9 in, 192 pp, 70 Line Drawings, 16 Color Photo PagesRights: W, Survival/Nature"If you breathe and have a pulse, you NEED this book."-Cody LundinCody Lundin, director of the Aboriginal Living Skills School in Prescott, Arizona, shares his own brand of wilderness wisdom in this highly anticipated new book on commonsense, modern survival skills for the backcountry, the backyard, or the highway. It is the ultimate book on how to stay alive-based on the principal of keeping the body's core temperature at a lively 98.6 degrees. In his entertaining and informative style, Cody stresses that a human can live without food for weeks, and without water for about three days or so. But if the body's core temperature dips much below or above the 98.6 degree mark, a person can literally die within hours. It is a concept that many don't take seriously or even consider, but knowing what to do to maintain a safe core temperature when lost in a blizzard or in the desert could save your life. Lundin delivers the message with wit, rebellious humor, and plenty of backcountry expertise.Cody Lundin and his Aboriginal Living Skills School have been featured in dozens of national and international media sources, including Dateline NBC, CBS News, USA Today, The Donny and Marie Show, and CBC Radio One in Canada, as well as on the cover of Backpacker magazine. When not teaching for his own school, he is an adjunct faculty member at Yavapai College and a faculty member at the Ecosa Institute. Cody is the only person in Arizona licensed to catch fish with his hands, and lives in a passive solar earth home sixty miles from Prescott, Arizona.

Customer Reviews:

  • Concepts To Live By
    The ideas were well articulated in a consistent thread throughout 98.6 Degrees. It's funny, which keeps it from being condescending even to those who are experienced. The crass bits others refer to were really just cheesy, and there aren't many of them. If you only read one survival book in your life, this should be the one. It will help you think straight, prioritize well and, if you work at it, you may even be mistaken for a polyextremophile....more info
    This book is very bad a lot of philosophy and theory that is off base. Some of it looks like it was a cut and past job from other books. Redundancy, bad information a waste of time and money there are better books out there, most military type books seem to be good. There is some very basic stuff here that might be helpful but again you can get that in any other book plus more. A poor buy!...more info
  • The art of common sense...
    We live our lives supported and encased in artificial buildings and cars and have forgotten the basics of keeping alive. Cody Lundin reminds us that we are still encased in bodies that need special care and that "the wilderness" is right outside your window. I thought I knew a lot of this stuff, but Cody refreshed me on the basics and the details in a simple, direct, humorous, and easy to read style. This is a no nonsense book. You don't need to buy a lot of fancy equipment. Cody encourages you to first, use your head, wise advice in any situation. I'm distributing this book to the teenagers in my family and my 83 year old dad....more info
  • Great...
    I haven't completely read this book to give it a total recommendation, but then again, I don't think I have too...

    Throw out all the dry & aged military and boy scout books...this is the one to read AND remember...

    Great illustrations and layout enable readers to actually remember the important parts of this book (which by the way is ALL OF IT, since we're dealing with YOUR life here...)

    Don't this let book pass you by...even if your just a simple day-hiker.......more info

  • 98.6

    This is a book on wilderness survival, with a twist. The author fancies himself a lively, exuberant, postive spirit, breaking wearisome conventions and avoiding the routine content of other survival manuals. What he is, too often, is sophomoric and verbose. The book could have been half the length without a loss of the valuable information it contains. The cartoons are here as in his later book, which I reviewed earlier, but this time around I found them irritating. Lundin's flippant clownishness creates some considerable noise in parts of the text; but in spite of this, the book is probably worth reading for some.

    The author's serious focus is on what it takes to survive for three days and how survival and body temperature are interlinked. "[T]he average survival scenario lasts for 72 hours, or three days. Statistically speaking, this is the amount of time that passes before searchers find you dead or alive - as long as you have someone searching for you." (p 22) So he's decided he not going to tell you how to build a shelter, how to trap or track, how to find North or read a map, how to care for injuries or illness, how to make cordage or skin a rabbit. What he is going to tell you is why body temperature and hydration must be monitored and regulated in order to survive. After that he's interested in cataloging in a chatty, long-winded way the contents of an portable survival kit and advising you on the good sense of leaving an itinerary well-placed in case you don't return as planned. That's pretty much all there is to this book. That and a lot of space-filling drawings, loud cartoons and brightly-colored photos.

    The physiological information Lundin gives is given with more authority, in more detail, and in the context of real survival in Kenneth Kamler's Surviving the Extremes: What Happens to the Body and Mind at the Limits of Human Endurance, reviewed earlier.
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  • must read for day-hikers and hunters
    I just finished reading this book and I have to say this is the best book that I've come across for short-term survival (i.e., the 72 hours or so until rescue). I've spent a lot of time growing up in the outdoors and I've always thought survivalist literature was a little nutty and that most "survival kits" were way off base for what the average person needed. Cody Lundin does and excellent job of telling the reader how to avoid the biggest outdoor killer for short term survival situations--EXPOSURE--and how to avoid having a survival kit full of useless crap. For example, I've always thought it was sensless to carry things like fishing hooks and snare wire in a survival kit when the average person can live for weeks without food. Food is not a priority during short-term survival. This book does not confuse self-sufficiency with survival and it just gives a lot of good information on some basic kit to have in case you ever do get lost or stuck in the woods longer than you intended.

    In my opinion, anyone who is a dayhiker, hunter, or just likes to spend time in the outdoors should own a copy of this book....more info
  • Reality at its best
    Excellent book on survival. I am glad someone finally divides "SURVIVAL" from "Wilderness Living Skills" I would venture to say that most people that provide bad reviews of this book are looking for texts in Wilderness Living Skills. There are other books for that. I use 98.6 for a text book in our Search and Rescue Team training. In reality most victims succumb to hypothermia in survival situations other than trying to catch fish with a shoe string and a safety pin. It is reality at its best, presented in a humorous fashion.

    Ted Fisher, Vermilion County Search and Rescue...more info
  • Just the facts...
    And you will get more than that in this gem of a book. This book is not about long term survival but is focused on how to avoid injury or death in a far more common scenario - backcountry emergency, the trip gone bad, etc...Well researched information on what the body requires to get out alive. I especially enjoyed the survial kit photos (well done) and descriptions. I would have to say this is one of the most useful books on the subject and from a man who has real experience to share. ...more info
  • A Fresh New Look at Survival
    It's about time I pick up a book that has more than a list of survival skills. In fact, this book doesn't make any attempt to teach you how to trap animals or construct log furniture in the wilderness. Instead, you learn how to idetify potential survival situations and avoid getting into them if possible. If you do, backcountry knowledge will be helpful but it will be even better if you know how to take care of the basics such as controling fear and focusing on keeping your body at a comfy 98.6 degrees. I absolutely loved this book. There is discussion of psychology, biology, and physiology, all in a basic easy to understand format. Lundin's writing style is as if he were there talking to you. One of my personal favorites of the book is the chapter on survival kits, complete with color photographs. I thought I had a pretty good kit but after reading this, I need to make a few changes. If you spend any time in the world, anywhere, I recommend this book. If you want to know how to build monster solar stills, trap wild animals, and spear fish, look elsewhere. This book rocks! ...more info
  • Terrible book
    This book was a complete waste of my money. Way too much philosophy and theory on why/how the body gets hypothermic and so on with hardly any skills on how to survive. The author's ego was a little too much at times as well. Can't believe he rattled on for hundreds of pages to the point of utter redundancy. Not to mention the sexist drawings of buxom women which were offensive. Ridiculous book!...more info
  • Sound information
    This book and its approach to survival is not my bag, however Lundin does what he set out to do in writing it. Some have described this book as chauvinistic, brash and immature. Perhaps the art is offensive to some, but the information, the reason people actually buy the book, is solid. This is not a primitive technology book, nor a wilderness living manual. It is in short, a Survival Manual. If you want to create a survival kit for your car, cabin or whatever, Lundin leads you through it step by step. For the armchair survivalist that has no desire to actually practice tough skills, this book is for you. If you want to be a responsible back country trekker, this book is for you. If you want to be prepared to survive short term (72 hours give or take a few days) disasters like power outages, back country strandings, or just getting lost, then this book is the one to have. The well researched reasoning behind his ideas comes across clearly leaving no doubt as to the action to be taken to correct a given situation.
    The best part of this book is by far the comprehensive survival kits and all their contents and the rationale for selecting the items he lists.
    Well worth the money!
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  • should be required reading for EVERYONE
    Cody Lundin has presented all the information one needs to survive in any situation. What he suggests for a survial kit has already saved two lives, mine included. I no longer travel anywhere without it. I have taught his methods to the Boy Scouts and they are amazed that they didn't write this book themselves. It is now a required handbook for my "Wilderness Survial" merit badge course, and if 12-14 year old boys can actually learn things from a has to be amazing. No fluff, just the facts...and a whole lot of them, presented in a non-factual entertaining way. ...more info
  • Buy the real book, not the Kindle version.
    The info contained in this book wasn't bad, but it's painfully obvious that they didn't put a bit of thought into how the lists and illustrations would appear on a Kindle screen . The Kindle registers them as images, not text, so the resizing tool is useless.
    Unless you enjoy reading size 3 Arial, buy the physical book, not the Kindle edition....more info
  • Highly Recommend Reading It
    I liked this book very much. Its a no nonsense approach to a topic that many writers pretend they are experts in. The proof is in the pudding. The author is an excellent teacher. He makes a hard subject easy to grasp and understand, versus the many teachers I have had in various subjects, who make an easy topic hard to understand. . . ....more info
  • Great advice from an experienced survivalist!
    A new approach to delivering the key ideas of survival and his recommended components for a survival kit with some humor. Short and sweet...this is a great book with another survivalists perspective on how to be prepared for that unexpected situation. I am not going to repeat all of the other 5 star reviewer comments but I will say that after reading many books on survival I have still managed to pull information from this book that was useful. For example, Cody suggests that you put brightly colored tape on survival objects so they are easy to spot if dropped...simple but brilliant. I rapidly modified my kits! I never knew how useful REAL parachute chord is until I read about it in this book. I bought 150' to slip into my kits! Oh! and the dental floss...I haven't use it for survival yet but experimented using it to sew a fiberglass screen around a wood dowel frame for drying plant parts for tea...worked nice! Your survival chances are only limited by your this book for some imaginative stimulation and learn some of Cody Lundin's techniques....more info
  • It's good
    This is a good book that tells you how to stay alive. It also tells about what your body would do in certain situations, and how to prevent the bad situations from happening. Also, it tells you how to make things. It tells you a little about how to clean animals so you can eat them. So, over all I would get this book if you don't know a lot about how to survive, and you want to learn how....more info
  • Give this book to someone you love
    I just got back from spending some time with Cody and others out in Arizona at a primative skills gathering and picked up his book there. I attended a class he taught and my wife attended two others. I read his book on the way back home and found it to be a refreshing presentation on a age old problem, survival. Now I am picking out what things must stay in my survival kit and what must go. Living in the middle of the country it is hard to not pick up at least some of the items at "the evil Store" luckily I still wear shoes so they don't stop me at the door. Party On Cody...more info
  • Finally, everything in a book.
    Great to have all this information contained in a book one can refer back to, rather than scattered notes and handouts. Highly recommended by many survival experts, both "primitive" and modern philosophies....more info
  • 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive
    There are hundreds of survival books out there. HEY - Buy them all but read this one 1st. Its Fun loving , but no nonsense approach to that first 78 hour of a crisis is great. As a outdoor skills trainer and all around outdoor knock about , I'm going to steal a lot of the advice in this book. Well it won't be stealing cuz I know it all anyway. Get this Book!!!!!!!
    Budd Mac
    Iron Pine Outfitters...more info
  • Very useful
    This book is very informative and easy reading. After reading I have made some changes to my life style. I have also begun putting together a survival box just in case. In light of the administration in D.C. this is a MUST READ & FOLLOW....more info
  • the best
    I,ve been reading survival books for over 20yrs now and this one is by far the best. . IT take the thing that are most likly to kill you the fastest and address them in order of importet your more likly to die of lack of water then A bear atteck . No matter what you do for a living at some pont you got to go outside if you love you life or your family please read this book...more info