Good Reads: How to Die in the Outdoors
How to Die in the Outdoors: 110 Grisly Ways to Croak by Buck Tilton, M.S.
Swallowed by a Sperm Whale, Pulverized by a Polar Bear, and Eliminated by an Elephant are just a few of the 110 ways that Buck Titlton has come up with in How to Die in the Outdoors. While all of the scenarios are possible to occur some are more far fetched than others. Some of the ways to die can be gory, but they are far more interesting than the top 10 ways most Americans die. Mr. Tilton introduces us to 110 gruesome, at times, ways to die outside. They are not meant to scare you, just educate you. You are statistically more likely to die from heart disease or a stroke, so don’t be afraid to venture outside and spend some hours getting fresh air.
What makes this book entertaining is the whit that Mr. Tilton uses. Mr. Tilton is a wilderness medicine expert and columnist for Backpacker magazine. He knows and understands the types of injuries that can occur outside. He uses this knowledge to not only tell you how you could die, but also ways to save or protect yourself. You will never come in contact with many of these animals, but on the slight chance you do you will have some knowledge of how they act and what you should do. The book isn’t just limited to animals. Mr. Tilton also includes weather scenarios like hypothermia, heat stroke, and lightening. You hear of these situations all of the time. The book gets right to the point and is very easy to understand. Each scenario starts with a quote, has an introduction paragraph, Why You Die, To Live, and a Moral.
There were times when I laughed out loud while reading some of the stories, especially the morals. I found the book to be highly entertaining and educational. If you are prone to nightmares about things you see and read you may want to only read a few scenarios at a time. It is also a fun book to take when camping and read aloud instead of telling ghost stories.