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Foghorn Outdoors Pacific Northwest Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and Rv Campgrounds in Washington and Oregon (Moon Pacific Northwest Camping) Paperback – May, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Moon Pacific Northwest Camping (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Pub; 8th edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566916313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566916318
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meticulously researched and smartly written, Foghorn Outdoors offers some of the best recreation guides around.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Archerd on July 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is one of the better camping books as far as usefulness of the information, though it is not quite the best I've seen. The lengthy introductory section was well-written and entertaining. I have been camping and backpacking for decades and I even learned some new things from it.

My only beefs with the book:

1) The introductory section doesn't, in my opinion, distinguish adequately between equipment suited for backbacking vs. for car camping. He appears to use his backpacking equipment even when car camping and doesn't seem to realize that for a lot of people, a $79 sleeping bag from K-Mart will work just fine for car camping in the summer even if you'd be a damned idiot to take it backpacking.

2) The campgrounds listed do not include RV parks, so you'd need a separate book if you're looking for places where you can get full water/electric/sewer/cable hookups.

3) Each campground listed includes a score, ostensibly from 1 to 10, on the scenic beauty of the site, a feature which I really appreciate. However, I did not see a single site rated less than a 3, which means the book really uses a "3 to 10" scale - and a site seems to rate at least a 4 if there are any trees. The book would be more valuable if he expanded his scale to rate the ugliest spots a 1 and be a bit stingier with his 8's and 9's.

4) Finally, the best campground book I've ever seen also included a rating on how crowded the campground was on average, and gave a special symbol for "undiscovered gems", i.e. campgrounds of particular scenic beauty that were little used. I missed that feature in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lepperso on June 9, 2012
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My husband and I have travelled from central California up to Canada 3 times in the last 3 years and hence have used this guide to help us pick wonderful camping spots along the way each time. We have NEVER been steered wrong by the ratings and descriptions. Stienstra compiles a good mix of pretty remote areas and near-town RV areas so I can pick the experience I'm looking for and be assured that his recommendations are accurate and well-balanced. I always try to pick areas that are rated 8 or above and each has perfectly met our expectations. As I plan our fourth trip now, I know I don't need to look anywhere beyond this book to find great places to stay on our journey (I won't share some of my favorite gems, for fear of overloading them, but trust me there are many).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gordon on May 16, 2003
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This book just came out (April, 2003) and is a lot better than anything we've seen. The key is the details, way good, both information, directions and maps. We've lived in Springfield for quite a while and have always kept our secret spots to ourselves. This book has all of them, which threw me, but it's got a zillion others. We checked the places we knew to see if everything was correct. The answer: Five Stars!
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We like it covers many camping opportunities we would have never heard off. Reads like a forest service guide, and very informative.
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I am a casual camper - I only go for weekends at a time, hike around but don't make a big fuss out of it, and avoid camping at all costs during the winter months. I bought this as a Christmas present for a friend who is the same way.
I read through the introduction prior to handing it off to my friend, and was captivated. I enjoyed how the author wrote - though it was written for a general audience, he packed his sense of humor and charm into his words. Though he has a tremendous amount of camping experience, he is eager to help out even the most beginner campers.
This is a great reference book for the "casual" camper, as well as those a step above (he does talk, reminiscently, about his own 3-week long trips). I recommend it!
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By Debby McKelvey on October 5, 2013
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I LOVE this thing! I had an earlier copy and bought this for an update. Bought one for a gift also. I only go where RV cannot go, and this took me there!
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Seems it could be a great help and good shape, recommend dealer; haven't got to check out the locations yet - hopefully in the next couple of months!
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More About the Author

Tom Stienstra is best known as the outdoors writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, and in 2008, won first place for best outdoors column in America. He is America's first Back Country Sportsman of the Year, and the only two-time National Outdoor Writer of the year.
His books include California Camping, twice awarded by Amazon as No. 1 best seller of the year, parks and recreation. His television show on CBS/CW won first place as America's best outdoor recreation show, and his radio show won first place in 2010 for best environmental feature show in America.
In 2013, he published his first novel, "The Sweet Redemption, An Inspector Korg Mystery."
Tom has hiked 25,000 miles, caught world-record fish, led dozens of expeditions and taken part in all phases of the outdoor experience. He was the fourth living member inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame.