Guide to Hiking & Camping : A Trailside Guide (Trailside Guide
Series) by Alice Cary. Why do I like this book? Simple:
Alice makes liberal use of quotes from you know who. So, If
you are starved for some of my advice (to say nothing of an
excellent guide for parents' who want to take their kids camping,
buy this book.
and Backpacking With Children by Steven Boga. I purchased
a copy of this book at a store in Silverton, Colorado. At
the time we were tent camping with our 1.5 and 4 yr olds.
While sipping my coffee, in the quiet of the morning, I'd
read this book waiting for the others to awaken. Full of excellent
advice, consider this book if your family camping interests
tend more toward backpacking than car camping.
With Babies and Small Children : A Guide to Taking the Kids
Along on Day Hikes, Overnighters and Long Trail Trips, 3rd
ed. by Goldie Silverman. I have the first edition of
this book, first published in 1975 and reprinted in 1986.
I've not seen the latest edition (to which the link above
refers). This slim volume is packed full of great ideas from
a woman who backpacked with her kids, and now backpacks with
her grandkids. The edition I have is solidly grounded in the
early low-tech, use what gear you have at hand, backpacking
ethos. Accordingly, the book talks about the joys of tarps
as shelter and provides tips on how to make one's own gear
(e.g., a poncho with two hoods for use when carrying a child
in a carrier).
and Camping How-to
Backpacking : Ray Jardines Guide to Lightweight Hiking
by Ray Jardine. Tired of ordinary backpacking? Looking for
innovative (extreme) ways to lighten your load? I'm not sure
I'd ever want to practice Jardine's fast-paced, high-milage,
push-the-envelope approach to experiencing the backcountry.
Jardine's his approach will either inspire you or leave you
shaking your head muttering "nut, he's a nut!"
Hiking : Lessons from the Appalachian Trail by Roland
Mueser. Don't let this book's sub title lead you astray. Yes,
although learned from through-hiking the AT, this book has
something for every backpacker. What sets this book apart
is the author's fastidious record keeping. Yes, Colin Fletcher
is meticulous. Maseur is even more so. Maseur approaches backpacking
as one would expect an engineer to approach the takes: data
rule. Eager to discover the most effective fly-dope, Mauser
conducted multiple trials of various concoctions. How? By
applying the stuff, then running through woods during mosquito/black
fly season. At the end of the run, he counted the number of
bites received. His approach to gear, food, shelter, etc.
all benefit from the same methodological approach. Oh, curious
about the most effective fly dope? Read the book to find out.
The Complete Walker IV : The Joys and Techniques of Hiking
and Backpacking by Colin Fletcher. The Classic, now
thoroughly revised and updated for 2002. Order today from
Amazon.com in Hardback
In grade school I read Colin Fletcher's Thousand
Mile Summer and The
Man Who Walked Through Time. I received the first edition
of the Complete Walker as
a gift in 1972 or 1973. Over time I accumulated The
New Complete Walker and, The
Complete Walker III in 1984. It is a thrill that
Fletcher has updated this authoritative classic. Despite
all the hype by marketers of outdoor gear, not much has
really changed. This book is a classic. What adventures
has Colin experienced recently? Your answer is in River
: One Man's Journey Down the Colorado, Source to Sea.
: The Freedom of the Hills by Don Graydon (Editor),
Kurt Hanson (Editor), Mountaineers(Society), 6th Ed. Ever
wondered how to read a cornice? Rappelle? Build a snow cave
in less than 6 inches of snow? Clean a pitch? Carry gear
in winter? Well, good! Because this authoritative book,
now in its 6th edition, is without peer.
|First Aid in
for Mountaineering & Other Wilderness Activities, 4th ed.
by James Wilkerson (Editor). This authoritative volume,
now in its 4th edition, is the one I turn to the most for
answers when I have questions about backcountry medical
issues. Curious how to set a compound fracture? Interested
in the best way to treat a heel blister? Want to know the
most effective way to treat your drinking water, or whether
you should even bother? This book provides answers to this
and myriad other issues.
On a historical note, I acquired the 2nd
edition of Medicine For Mountaineering shortly after it
was published in 1975. Comparing the 2nd and 4th editions
provides an interesting window into how backcountry medicine
has advanced. For example, understanding of hypo- and hyperthermia
have expanded greatly, with corresponding advances in treatment
protocols. Water treatment is another area that has expanded
This book is too bulky to carry in your
backpack, but I consider it a must have element of my home
It Elegantly : A Practical Guide to Canoe Camping by Patricia
J. Bell, Linda Oliver Isakson (Illustrator).
to Manage Bear Encounters
Encounter Survival Guide by Gary Shelton, James Gary
Shelton and Bear
Attacks : The Deadly Truth by James Gary Shelton
About these Gary Shelton books, Bob Bollinger says, "I
[would not] permit anyone to go with me into grizzly country
w/o reading at least one of them."
Attacks : Their Causes and Avoidance by Stephen Herrero.
A classic treatment of the scientific evidence illuminating
the factors that precipitate or covary with bear attacks on
Adventure: By Foot
- The Thousand Mile Summer
- The Man Who Walked Through Time
- The Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher
on Everest : The Search for Mallory and Irvine by Peter
Firstbrook. The discovery of George Mallory's long-missing
body on Mt. Everest generated a plethora of grotesque magazine
covers and a flurry of books. Firstbrook, a BBC employee who
was part of the multi-national team that located Mallory's
body, enters the fray with this book. If you are looking for
a chronicle of the events surrounding the dissapearance and
subsequent relocation of Mallory, this book does a competent
job. What surprised me most about this book is that, despite
Firstbrook's best efforts, I found Mallory a relatively uninteresting,
boring character hard to get excited about. Irvine, in contrast,
emerged from the pages as as much more interesting. Exactly
why I had this reaction continues to perplex me. If you read
this book, perhaps you can help me understand this reaction.
An ok read, but adds nothing not covered as well or better
in articles that appeared in Outside or National Geographic
Adventure: By Boat
: One Man's Journey Down the Colorado, Source to Sea,
by Colin Fletcher
Adventure: By Bicycle
|Against the Wind: A Maine to Alaska Bicycling
Adventure, by Marty Basch.
Year in the Maine Woods was my first introduction to
Bernd Heinrich. Indeed, I picked this title because of the
title. The romantic in me longs to spend a year -- or more
-- deep in the Maine woods. I knew nothing of the author.
That changed quickly. Heinrich has the observant eye one
would expect of a wildlife biologist. Yet, Heinrich is also
attuned to the human element. This book has something for
the naturalist (well, yes, Heinrich routinely scours Maine's
back roads for road kill ... for consumption by self and
his ravens) and for the romantic longing to experience a
year in the Maine woods. This book enthralled me so that
I next explored the improbably named ...
Trees in My Forest. Have you ever wondered why desiduous
trees loose their leaves each fall? No? Well, neither had
I. This delightful narrative explores countless aspects
of trees about which you have likely never pondered, but
will find enthralling none-the-less.
on the Wind : Across the Wind With Migratory Birds by
Scott Weidensaul. Have you ever wondered where your backyard
birds go when they disappear in the Fall? In the spring,
while watching renewed birdlife, do you wonder what they
experienced over the intervening months? You may be shocked
to learn that the unassuming bird at your backyard feeder
may have recently traveled 7000 miles. Weidensaul's passion
for birds drives this enthralling account of the bird migratory
patterns. His narrative takes us to the numbrous corners
of the globe he has visited in pursuit of understanding
where birds go when they migrate and the route they take
to get there. Some birds choose a route that requires multiple
days of non-stop flight over water. Some birds' migratory
routes take them from one elevation to another, depending
on the season. Perils facing migratory birds also attract
Weidensaul's pen. Rainforest destruction is familiar to
us thanks to the popular press. Less familiar are the perils
posed by the fractering of intact wood- and wetlands in
North America. Fracturing that not only decreases available
breeding habitat, but also increases nest predation by racoons
and other nest parasites. The cowbird, which is rapidly
expanding its range, is a songbird nest parasite putting
increasing pressue on songbird populations.
A fascinating read. Highly Recommended.