The Happy Camper: An Essential Guide to Life Outdoors

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Great outdoor advice.

The Happy Camper is a comprehensive, heavily illustrated, highly entertaining compendium of basic wilderness instruction and well-tested campsite advice. One of North America's top canoeing and outdoors experts, Kevin Callan explains how to get the most from your camping experience -- no matter where you pitch your ...

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Overview

Great outdoor advice.

The Happy Camper is a comprehensive, heavily illustrated, highly entertaining compendium of basic wilderness instruction and well-tested campsite advice. One of North America's top canoeing and outdoors experts, Kevin Callan explains how to get the most from your camping experience -- no matter where you pitch your tent, what you forgot to pack or what the weather.

Step-by-step, the book shows:

  • How to plan a trip for a day or even a few weeks
  • How to pack only what is needed
  • How to beat the bugs, stake a tent, build a fire, ward off unwanted wildlife, paddle a canoe and much more.

Other crucial topics include:

  • Choosing the perfect campsite
  • Using maps and compasses
  • Camp cooking
  • Camping with dogs and kids
  • Bruises, blisters and Band-Aids
  • Canoe and kayak camping
  • Wilderness photography
  • Cold-weather camping.
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Editorial Reviews

The Cottager
Covers everything from how to de-skunk your dog to choosing the right clothing for your trip... humorous yet informative.
Calgary Herald
His down-to-earth advice, honest stories about conquering fears in the outdoors and laid-back philosophy make Callan's book a pleasant read.
— Trent Edwards
The Leader (Scouts Canada)
It's subtitle... is absolutely accurate, and this is a 'must' purchase for every Scout troop's and Venturer company's resource library.
— Dave Jenkinson
Lawton Constitution
An excellent choice for the camping enthusiast... tips and insights for many possible situations.
— Mike Newell
Tulsa World
An excellent choice for the camping enthusiast... tips and insights for many possible situations.
— Sam Powell
San Francisco Chronicle
Comprehensive, easy-to-read introduction to camping skills... displays the assurance and economy of a true woodsman, and applies humor as well.
— Paul McHugh
Lexington Herald-Leader
Packed with helpful information, personal anecdotes and amusing photographs.
Winnipeg Free Press
Clear, explanatory writing and authoritative advice... ecologically conscious camping how-to.
— Bartley Kives
Wave Length Magazine
A compendium of absolutely everything... covers all the bases!... You will find plenty in The Happy Camper to help make your wilderness experience, safer, 'greener' and more enjoyable.
Kingston This Week
Great resource for campers, from beginners planning a basic campsite experience to the seasoned camper planning a week-long wilderness trek.
— Rob Mody
Bushwhacker Wilderness Adventure
I enthusiastically recommend The Happy Camper as a must-have reference for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels.
Diversions
All the unwritten rules and advice about enjoying Canada's wild spaces into one packable volume... Highly entertaining outdoor guide.
— Deborah Quaile
Genesee Valley Parent Magazine
This book boasts that it's the essential guide to life outdoors and it does not fall short of these claims.
— Jillian Melnyk
Calgary Herald - Trent Edwards
His down-to-earth advice, honest stories about conquering fears in the outdoors and laid-back philosophy make Callan's book a pleasant read.
The Leader (Scouts Canada) - Dave Jenkinson
It's subtitle... is absolutely accurate, and this is a "must" purchase for every Scout troop's and Venturer company's resource library.
Lawton Constitution - Mike Newell
An excellent choice for the camping enthusiast... tips and insights for many possible situations.
Tulsa World - Sam Powell
An excellent choice for the camping enthusiast... tips and insights for many possible situations.
San Francisco Chronicle - Paul McHugh
Comprehensive, easy-to-read introduction to camping skills... displays the assurance and economy of a true woodsman, and applies humor as well.
Winnipeg Free Press - Bartley Kives
Clear, explanatory writing and authoritative advice... ecologically conscious camping how-to.
Kingston This Week - Rob Mody
A great resource for campers, from beginners planning a basic campsite experience to the seasoned camper planning a week-long wilderness trek.
Diversions - Deborah Quaile
All the unwritten rules and advice about enjoying Canada's wild spaces into one packable volume... Highly entertaining outdoor guide.
Genesee Valley Parent Magazine - Jillian Melnyk
This book boasts that it's the essential guide to life outdoors and it does not fall short of these claims. The 300 pages are packed with information for making your camping experience the best possible. Easy to use and broken down into useful chapters it's filled with everything you've always wanted to know about camping, like how to be a green camper, choosing the perfect campsite, camp cooking, using maps, survival skills, and much more. Plus there's a whole chapter devoted to camping with kids that includes practical info on how to camp with your family's younger members.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550464504
  • Publisher: Boston Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,465,980
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Callan is the author of eight books including the A Paddler's Guide series. He is a recipient of the National Magazine Award and a regularly featured speaker at North America's largest paddling events.

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