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The Complete Book of Canoeing (Canoeing How-To)

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The Complete Book of Canoeing is a comprehensive guide for the beginner and an invaluable reference book for the seasoned veteran. From basic strokes and techniques to advanced rescue maneuvers, the indispensable information that veteran canoeist Herb Gordon presents will benefit paddlers at all skill levels. Packed with sensible information on canoeing as a family, becoming a trip leader, wilderness survival, liveries and outfitters, and so much more, this book is a must have. Herb's warm and witty style will ...

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Overview

The Complete Book of Canoeing is a comprehensive guide for the beginner and an invaluable reference book for the seasoned veteran. From basic strokes and techniques to advanced rescue maneuvers, the indispensable information that veteran canoeist Herb Gordon presents will benefit paddlers at all skill levels. Packed with sensible information on canoeing as a family, becoming a trip leader, wilderness survival, liveries and outfitters, and so much more, this book is a must have. Herb's warm and witty style will both instruct and delight. Learn about: basic strokes and maneuvers; advanced paddling; classification of rivers and rapids; outdoor cuisine; field medicine; coping with wind and waves; portaging; lining and tracking; solo paddling; canoeing with children; river rescue and survival; and emergency procedures. (7 1/2 X 9, 240 pages, b&w photos, maps, illustrations, diagrams, charts)

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Editorial Reviews

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While this book is aimed at the beginner, it contains much information that will interest the intermediate paddler as well. The basic canoeing strokes are covered in detail, as is the basic equipment required. The author, a national wilderness canoe trip leader for the Sierra Club, also discusses maneuvering in heavy wind, wilderness travel, travel with children, emergency procedures, cooking, and first aid. Despite its title, much of the material in this book seems beyond the scope of a beginner's book but should whet the novice's appetite for further reading. This book will fill the needs of libraries seeking a single book to cover the topic and will complement large subject collections as well.--Donald H. Dederick, SUNY Health Science Ctr., Brooklyn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762709007
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Canoeing how-to Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Herb Gordon has been paddling North American waterways for more than 30 years. He is currently a national wilderness trip leader and canoe instructor. During his twenty years as a writer and senior producer at NBC News, he won the coveted Peabody award three times for his documentaries. His articles have appeared in such publications as Field & Stream, Skiing, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.

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Table of Contents

(1) Basic Equipment (2) Paddling (3) Getting Underway (4) Liveries and Outfitters (5) Short Trips (6) Canoeing with Kids (7) Wilderness Travel (8) Outdoor Cuisine (9) Field Medicine (10) Protecting Our Rivers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2001

    The title says it all.

    I read this cover to cover and based my teaching plan for my Scout troop's Boundary Waters adventure on it. Written with a dry sense of humor, it's highly readable, better than a dry, step-by-step how-to reference book.

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