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Camping and Woodcraft: A Handbook for Vacation Campers and for Travelers in the Wilderness (2 Volumes in 1) Paperback – Facsimile, April 25, 1988
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Kephart lived in the Great Smoky Mountains and spent most of his time in the wild. Consequently, he became an expert on all aspects of camp life from living in a semi-permanent lean-to to traveling with only the bare essentials in a backpack. More than simply a hunting or fishing guide, Kephart’s book covers a wide variety of subjects from how to dress game and fish to how to shoot accurately. Every chapter is filled with tips that remain useful even after fifty years of improvements in equipment and technology.
Jim Casada, who has provided an informative introduction to this edition, is professor of history at Winthrop College. He has written numerous articles on sporting figures and outdoor literature and is editor-at-large for Sporting Classics and contributing editor for Fly Fishing Heritage.
About the Author
Before coming the mountains, Horace Kephart (1862-1931) served as librarian of the prestigious Mercantile Library in St. Loius. His significant work, however, was done after he came to live in the Southern Appalachians in 1904. He played important roles in the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail.
Top Customer Reviews
Kephart was actually a very experienced outdoorsman, not just some "effete diletante masquerading as a true woodsman." All his suggestions were based on his extensive personal experience in camping and hiking.
Kephart was, in his day, the combined Colin Fletcher and Cliff Jacobsen guru of the outdoors. His book is comprehensive, full of ideas about living outdoors, many of which I've adopted. His comments on gear are, of course, dated, though I've found even there some interesting ideas. Again, this is a kind of book I read for pleasure, I use as a reference book, and I read at least once a year, every time walking away with some new ideas to try. This year, for example, I'm trying pinole', ground-up parched corn, as a concentrated, light-weight food source on the trail (and it's actually pretty good).
An excellent value for your money. You won't regret buying this book.
Given a choice of one book to take into the woods, this should be it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has alot of good information and even tho the book was written along time ago this is a good book to have.Published 4 months ago by lt32253
Great book.. Very informative. Kephart truly was a master at his craft..Published 6 months ago by Cayce Vaughn
Horace Kephart's work is the measure by which all books on woodcraft should be be measured. Written in a time when these skill were still in use Kephart takes us to a simpler,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard Blount
All the info is there but hard to handle. May be naive but assumed a two volume would actually be two volumes. One honkin big paper back is hard to handle. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steve Dilts