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Camping in the Old Style

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Back before the days of trailors, coleman stoves, RV's nylon sleeping bags, and all the other modern camping conveniences, people still went camping. Camping in the Old Style eplores the methods used by campers prior to the advent of modern technology Everything from laying and setting a campfire to creating and pitching a tent, telling camp lore, canoeing, horseback camping, jack-knife cooking, woodcrafting, using an ax and saw, choosing and preparing camp food, setting up camp...

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Overview

Back before the days of trailors, coleman stoves, RV's nylon sleeping bags, and all the other modern camping conveniences, people still went camping. Camping in the Old Style eplores the methods used by campers prior to the advent of modern technology Everything from laying and setting a campfire to creating and pitching a tent, telling camp lore, canoeing, horseback camping, jack-knife cooking, woodcrafting, using an ax and saw, choosing and preparing camp food, setting up camp kitchens, and more is included.

Dave WEscott has complied old-style camping techniques from some of the great authors on the topic, including Dan Beard's Camp Lore and Woodcraft, Warren H. Miller's Camping Out, James Austin Wilder's Jack-Knife Cookery, and Ernest Thompson Seton's The Birch Bark Roll of Woodcraft. T othese camping classics he adds his own methods. The result is a clever new take on this time-honored and popular form of recreation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879059569
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 6/26/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 640,758
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wescott is author of Camping in the Old Style and editor of Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills. Formerly education director for the Boulder Outdoor School, he has been a leading figure in wilderness education for more than thirty years. He lives with his wife in Rexburg, Idaho.

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Camping in the Old Sty,e is a journey through time, not only for the saqke of nostalgia (although that is a legitimate reason for beibg here--a reverence for time-honered tradition is good enough), but also to bring thre skills and technigues of our camping traditions back to life and blend them with our modern times for a more fulfilling future.

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Table of Contents

ix Acknowledgments

xi Preface

1 Introduction

25 Section One: Furnishing the camp and camper

36 Personal Gear

47 Group Gear

54 Beds and Bedding

60 Packs

68 Camp Tools

77 Section Two: The Traditional Canvas Shelter

79 Canvis Tents

104 Tent care and use

109 Campsite Selection

117 The Tent Stove

121 Section Three: Over the Open Fire

122 The Campfire

134 Furnishing the Hearth

146 Outdoor Cooking

156 Camp Provisions

159 Section Four: Life in Camp

160 Camping : The Sport

169 The Permanent Camp

173 Rough It

175 Camp Chores

180 Bugs, Health, and Sanitation

189 Section Five : Life on the Trail

190 The Auto Gypsies

195 Camping in a Canoe

203 Camping on the beach

206 Winter Camping

216 Camping Western Style

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