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The Gentle Art of Tramping based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Though first written and published in 1926, The Gentle Art of Tramping is as relevant today as it was then. Even the advice on purchasing equipment and supplies is useful, and though there are loads of stuff out there for the backpacker, it is very easy to be hoodwinked into getting things you don't need or certainly don't want to carry, or getting equipment that will not stand up to the use it is intended for. My husband and I did a lot of backpacking in the 1970's and car-type camping with our children when they were young. Now that the nest is empty again we like to get just far enough off the camping area to avoid hearing people or music from the car campers. This book brought back to both of us how much we love the gentle art of tramping. Thank you, Budge Press for bringing back this treasure. For those experienced campers, this is a review. For those who have yet to experience camping of any measure, it is a fine introduction. I received a free electronic copy of this self-help book from Netgalley, Stephen Graham, and Bloomsbury Publishing. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I head this book of my own volition and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work.
This Great Gatsby-era reflection on a life of wandering would seem to be out of date. But when you read beyond Graham's recommendation of the perfect hiking hat or walking shoes (or foldable, paper map), you will find in his insights words as inspiring and enlightening as one might find in Thoreau or Muir. Among the nuggets of wisdom: "In tramping you are not earning a living, but earning a happiness." "There is perhaps no greater test of friendship than going on a long tramp." "The richest people in life are the good listeners." "The best companions are those who make you freest." "There are three emblems of life: the first is the open road, the second is the river, and the third is the wilderness." "The road is a glorious symbol of freedom and life." When you consider that Graham wrote this ode on "tramping" in the decade before the word became a necessity, it makes the book a little more interesting. This is a fun book that will inspire adventurers and bring back fond memories for those who, like me, have explored amazing places. Special thanks to Net Galley for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.