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Camping in the Old Style Paperback – June 26, 2000


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David Wescott is author of Camping in the Old Style and editor of Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills. Formerly education director for the Boulder Outdoor School, he has been a leading figure in wilderness education for more than thirty years. He lives with his wife in Rexburg, Idaho.

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Camping in the Old Sty,e is a journey through time, not only for the saqke of nostalgia (although that is a legitimate reason for beibg here--a reverence for time-honered tradition is good enough), but also to bring thre skills and technigues of our camping traditions back to life and blend them with our modern times for a more fulfilling future.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (June 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879059567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879059569
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book presents fantastic information in a fun and informative way.
Stafford
It looks as if someone scanned the pages of an old book, printed them out on a cheap printer, then copied those pages and bound them in a book.
Randall Cotten
Wescott shares with us his vast knowledge of camping in the good ole days.
Ben

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jon Hancock on March 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
For the modern hiker and camper many of the outdoors manuals of a century ago may seem like little more than charming period pieces, amusing for their glimpse of a primitive approach to a hobby now practised scientifically. Yet authors such as Horace Kephart were dealing with nutritional values, insulative and drying properties of clothing, ultralight shelters and more at a time when plastics and miracle fibres were simply not available. This splendid book, an oversized paperback, draws from many of the best works in the field (or, indeed, the forest)and ties the extracts together with introductions and comments by David Wescott. Unsurprisingly, given his published interests in primitive technologies, Mr Wescott is not at all enamoured with modern materials, and this does occasionally bias the text unduly. Nonetheless, he has done sterling work in bringing together a collection of themed articles, quotations and photographs which really do give the reader a good feeling for the way camping was practised. Best of all, much of what worked then is still surprisingly appropriate now, although inevitably you can expect a cool reception from landowners if you start constructing shelters and camp furniture from standing trees. Reading authors like Beard and Kephart, along with some less well remembered names gathered here, gives one a much greater understanding of how things work and work together than can be gained by simply buying the latest all-weather gadget and setting off with little knowledge of the outdoors. A heartily recommended book, with the sole negative observation that as with the Primitive Technology books this one is printed on an awful pulpy stock. The photographs in particular suffer badly as a result, and it is a real pity that such a handsome work could not have been given more handsome production.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Watts on September 1, 2000
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Camping In The Old Style pays reverent homage to Kephart, Seton and Beard--heroes to all who crave the smell of woodsmoke and canvas. It's as nourishing as a meal of honest grub cooked over and open fire, and as comforting as a soft wool blanket or a pair of well-worn moccasins. Woodcraft lives!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leo Jenkins on July 4, 2001
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Wescott enlightens one that 'go-light' camping was generated not in modern days, but at the turn of the century. From Seton and Beard's woodcrafting, to Wilder's jack-knife cookery, this book include every nuance of camping. All terrains, from the heat to the chill northern climates; all ages and styles are encompassed in the simple basics that it takes to enjoy the great outdoors.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By martea on March 3, 2013
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This book could have been great... the "scrapbook" style of clipping from older books creates a wonderfully nostalgic mood. But little of it was legible... You can't put black print on dark grey background and expect it to be readable. Also, the majority of the "clippings" came from only a few books, mostly by Warren Miller, some little from Kephart. There was nothing by Breck, Fordyce, White, Shields, Kreps, or a few other "golden age" authors who have published several books which are now in the public domain. The authors few personal observations (a small section, roughly 1/4 page every other page of the book) could have contained interesting insights, but again, was illegibly printed black on grey. (Yes, my eyesight is fine).

I contacted the publisher immediately (as it is NOT Amazon's problem... all they do is ship it) and received no response, despite the author's stated desire for input. I am sorely disappointed, as I enjoyed an interview I once saw about the author and had great expectations. But I can warn others. Stay away. You will do better to obtain the public domain books by the authors already mentioned (for FREE) rather than pay for this one, and read them yourself.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mad Jim Flynt on September 6, 2011
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There is a lot of good information in the book but it is poorly presented. The page stock is cheap, the pictures are dim and fuzzy, picture captions are difficult to read and the contrast between the page background and the text was so close it made reading many of the pages very difficult, especially the pages that are intended to look like yellowed pages from an old notebook. It almost appears that the pages were meant to be printed in color and then the decision was made to print it in grey-scale. This could have been a very good reference book. I was very disappointed in it and would not recommend its purchase. I'm glad that I only paid a discounted price for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randall Cotten on November 12, 2012
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While this book is a quaint and informative look at how folks viewed camping in the past, the quality of the book is extremely poor and shockingly substandard. It looks as if someone scanned the pages of an old book, printed them out on a cheap printer, then copied those pages and bound them in a book. If this were a $5 book, maybe this would be understandable, but after shipping, it is over $20. Amazon needs to come up with a system of grading the print quality of its books. This is not the first time I have been unpleasantly surprised after opening a package from Amazon.
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