Camping For Dummies

Camping For Dummies

by Michael Hodgson


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Camping For Dummies by Michael Hodgson

You love the great outdoors, but you’re not always sure thegreat outdoors loves you. You can pitch a tent, start a campfire,build furniture by lashing tree branchestogether – in theory anyway! But while you may nothave gotten your Girl Scout Gold Award, or your Eagle Scout withcluster, you can still enjoy a night out under the stars with thosenear and dear to you, or even work towards becoming a more seriousoutdoorsman, right?

Sure as a bear lives in the woods, Camping for Dummiesshows you how to get out there and enjoy the best Mother Nature hasto offer. With the helpful advice this common sense guide provides,you’ll be prepared when it comes to:

  • Destination
  • Gear
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Weather
  • Safety

Written by journalist Michael Hodgson, veteran of Utah’sEco-Challenge and numerous other outdoor adventures, Camping forDummies cuts out gear-head jargon and antiquated methods togive you, plain and simple, what you need to know to make the smartchoices that lead to great adventures. You’ll find out:

  • How to tie a bear bag
  • The delicious caveman style for cooking fresh fish
  • The limitations of GPS
  • How to predict the weather by observing birds, frogs, andinsects
  • Ten survival essentials
  • How to go canoe, kayak, or bicycle camping
  • What features make a good backpack, boot, and otherequipment
  • When and how to bring along children

Whether the dictionary definition of “tenderfoot”has your picture next to it or you already consider wilderness yourhome away from home, you’ll appreciate this handy, concisereference. Full of illustrations, diagrams, and directions forfinding additional camping resources, Camping for Dummies isyour complete ticket to America’s great outdoors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764552212
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/23/2000
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 260,568
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Recognized nationally for his poignant writing style, humor andknowledge of outdoor equipment, award-winning journalist and authorMichael Hodgson is constantly "seeking out the wilder side of amountain..." in search of a good story or a ridiculously toughplace to test gear. Frankly, his friends are amazed that he canstill walk. Michael is the copublisher of SNEWS®, asubscription-only news service for the outdoor and fitnessindustries and is a founding partner in GearTrends® - established in 1999 as an information websitefor new products and trends in the outdoor, snow sport, fitness,paddling and bike markets.

Table of Contents


PART I: Planning Your Escape.

Chapter 1: What to Do and Where to Go.

Chapter 2: Outdoor Gear and Gadgets.

Chapter 3: Dress for Success.

Chapter 4: Wintering, Paddling, Biking.

PART II: Getting There Is Half the Fun.

Chapter 5: Hitting the Road.

Chapter 6: Setting Up Camp.

PART III: Camping Skills, Food, and Fun.

Chapter 7: Skilling Up at Camp.

Chapter 8: Cooking and Eating in the Wild.

Chapter 9: Taking a Hike.

Chapter 10: Fun, Games, and Photo-Ops.

PART IV: Staying Safe, Staying Found.

Chapter 11: Staying Found Simply.

Chapter 12: Weathering the Outdoors.

Chapter 13: Health and Safety Are No Accident.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten + One Survival Essentials.

Chapter 15: Ten Low-Impact Camping Tips.

Chapter 16: Ten Camping Recipes.

Chapter 17: Ten or So Camping Resources.

Chapter 18: Ten Best Outdoor Destinations.

Chapter 19: Ten Times Two: Hodgson's Twenty Laws of Camping.

PART VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Understanding the Outdoor Lingo.

Appendix B: Before You Leave Home: Countdown Checklist.

Appendix C: Connections.


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