Manual of Pack Transportationby H. W. Daly
In an effort to further its educational mission, The Long Riders' Guild Press is attempting to republish the most important titles ever written relating to equestrian travel, classic equitation, and horse packing. Often this involves locating rare volumes which can only be purchased at great expense. The information lodged in these books is however too valuable to be neglected. A case in point is "The Manual of Pack Transportation," authored by Henry W. Daly.
Daly was the last of the old-time packers who learned their trade under the tough tutelage of General George Crook. Though he later rose to the rank of Chief Pack Master of the U.S. Army, Daly became a packer in the late 19th century while helping Crook chase the Apache leader Geronimo across that blazing wilderness known as the Arizona Territory.
In later years Daly made an effort to record all the knowledge he had gained from his decades of field experience. The resultant book "The Manual of Pack Transportation" is his masterpiece. It contains a wealth of information on various pack saddles, ropes and equipment, how to secure every type of load imaginable, instructions on how to organize a pack train, and the duties of various individuals including the chief packer, blacksmith, cook, etc.
More than a reference book, "The Manual of Pack Transportation" is also a hands-on time capsule capable of carrying the reader back to the days when equestrian travel was king. It is amply illustrated with both photographs and drawings.
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