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The outdoors almanac
McDougall, Len.
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Publication Information:
Short Hills, N.J. : Burford Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
viii, 200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GV191.4 .M34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV191.4 .M34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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For backpackers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes, here is an almanac of practical information certain to be a trusted reference. Topics include: Outfitting -- from survival knives to hiking boots; Orienteering -- map and compass, GPS, and wood-sense; Campsite Cookery -- for high nutrition and good taste; Wilderness First-Aid -- when doctors are miles away; Useful Wild Plants -- for healing and food; Survival -- shelters, emergency signals, and more; Tracking -- learning the signs of nature; Weather -- when there's no 'indoors' to escape to.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

If only this book had come along a few years ago. It is as close to a complete guide to the outdoors as this reviewer has seen and will certainly help campers, hikers, and others people with a predilection for the outdoor life. McDougall, a writer for Field & Stream and other magazines, has produced a book that is equal parts gear review, tips for experts, reference book, overview for beginners, and anecdotes that read like campfire stories. The book isn't overly attractive, but the layout and drawings are well done and helpful to the reader. The author's writing style is conversational and fun to read, and while his expertise is obvious from the beginning, McDougall patiently explains the hazards and attractions of outdoor exploration. The book has only two drawbacks: first, "almanac" is not a very good description of what the book contains. Although it does discuss a wide variety of outdoor topics, it is closer to a guidebook than a true almanac. Second, the excellent sections on gear would have been more user-friendly had product information been put in table format. Recommended for all libraries.ÄJeff Grossman, Milwaukee Area Technical Coll. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.