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The Wilderness Paddler's Handbook

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This book by America's preeminent canoeing author combines evocative wilderness writing with nuts-and-bolts coverage of all practical aspects of canoe tripping. Alan Kesselheim uses the lessons he's learned first-hand over thousands of miles of wilderness paddling to create a context for conveying everything a new or experienced paddler can expect to encounter,on any type of water.

Kesselheim's unsurpassed expertise­­gained by paddling under every condition imaginable­­speaks ...

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Overview

This book by America's preeminent canoeing author combines evocative wilderness writing with nuts-and-bolts coverage of all practical aspects of canoe tripping. Alan Kesselheim uses the lessons he's learned first-hand over thousands of miles of wilderness paddling to create a context for conveying everything a new or experienced paddler can expect to encounter,on any type of water.

Kesselheim's unsurpassed expertise­­gained by paddling under every condition imaginable­­speaks clearly to readers looking to acquaint themselves with the essentials of traveling by canoe. Helpful sidebars,interspersed throughout the book,provide step-by-step instructions on all critical considerations,such as how to plan,pack,equip,and modify a canoe for weekend or extended trips. The Wilderness Paddler's Handbook is surely a classic-in-the-making and must-reading for serious canoeists and outdoor book enthusiasts alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Alan Kesselheim’s mix of paddling experiences and superb writing skills make him ideally suited to dispense this highly personal and entertaining look at the how-tos of canoe tripping.”
–Michael Peake, editor, Che-Mun: The Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoeing

“Alan Kesselheim is a master of the paddle and the pen. Here’s the best of Kesselheim: wit, wilderness savvy,and a boat-full of sound advice.”
–Larry Rice, contributing editor, Canoe & Kayak

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071354189
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan S. Kesselheim and his wife, Marypat Zitzer, live in Bozeman, Montana. Since the birth of their first son, followed by a younger brother, their canoeing activities have become adventurous family outings. Alan Kesselheim’s previous books include Water and Sky: Reflections of a Northern Year; Silhouette on a Wide Land; and The Lightweight Gourmet: Drying and Cooking Food for the Outdoor Life. He is also a regular contributor to many magazines.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One. From Idea to Put-In

1. How Trips Get Born

2. Square Peg, Round Hole: Making a Trip Fit

3. Getting There and Back

4. Mining for Information

Part Two. On The Water

5. The Partnership Tango: Two Vignettes

6. Negotiating Current

7. Rating Whitewater and Rivers

8. Why Wood and Water Don't Mix

9. Open Water Hazards

10. Against the Flow

11. To Run, to Line, to Portage

12. Going Solo

Part Three. Nomad Skills

13. Finding a Way: Navigating

14. No Grit: Life in Sandy Camps

15. Rigging for the Day

16. Finding a Home

17. The Fiery Debate: Stoves versus Campfires

18. Bears, Bugs, and Boonies: The Bad Bs of Wilderness Paddling

19. Kitchens on the Go

20. Luxuries of No-Portage Trips

21. Water Safety: Getting a Safe Head

22. First Aid

23. In Honor of Place: Trip Sanitation

24. Keeping Group Morale Afloat

Part Four. Outfitting

25. Gear That Changed My Life

26. The Gear List

27. Trip Canoes

28. Overhyped Equipment

29. The Sentimental List

30. The Human Fuel

31. Menu Planner

32. Favorite Recipes

33. Disciplining the Pile

Part Five. Families and Canoes

34. Why It Works

35. Parental Judgment

36. Infants

37. Toddlers

38. Subadults

39. Kids' Gear

40. Trip Activities

Part Six. Expedition Destinations

41. An Expedition Medley

Appendix 1. Off-Season BoatPuttering

Appendix 2. Wilderness Paddler's Resource Center

Index

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