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Let's Get Primitive: The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping Paperback – April 1, 2007
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* Includes informative illustrations, practical and crafty sidebars, and real-life camping anecdotes.
* Illustrated tips explain how to tie knots, build a lean-to, set up a campsite, reward the troop with merit badges, and make an impromptu day pack from a pair of jeans.
* Chapters include "Leaving Kittenish Behind for Wildcat," "Squirreling Away the Nuts (and Bolts)," "Make Like a Snail," and "Impressing the Owls."
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Top Customer Reviews
even the most citified folks. A hip writing style and great
details about how to protect your food from bears,
and the value of duct tape keeps you reading and wanting more.
Some descriptive passages make you laugh out loud.
it's nice to know that girls can still be girls out in the woods (i can bring my kiehl's lip balm!) and that camping can involve good wine, good cheese, good friends, and some pretty great memories.
The information given on basics, such as getting a tent, a sleeping bag, and food planning, seem reasonable for someone just starting out. There are many good, insightful ideas for planning one's first camping trip and, with technical details left out, planning a trip seems much less daunting than it often does with other camping guides. I also found her lists of items to pack very complete and intelligent (and if you want to bring face powder along, well, hey, why the heck not?).
I did spend several unsettling chapters trying to figure out what exactly the GLOK was that the author kept referring to - it stands for the Glorious Ladies Of Kentucky, the women with whom she shared her adult camping experiences, and is on the note on page 10.
My husband and I appreciated her kind remarks about Boy Scouts. I liked her idea of taking a "Book of Questions"-style book camping for conversation starters.
We still chuckle over the idea of packing a favorite SKIRT to go camping! LOL!! I guess that's the only reason I didn't go all the way with five stars. On the other hand, camping, hiking and backpacking are three different things and, if the idea is to get a newbie out into nature, and that newbie wants to wear a skirt at camp, who am I to say no?Read more ›
That said, I gave it to a friend of mine who lives in a city and she loved it. Therefore, it might be one of those things where if you live in a city this is a great book, but otherwise it is a waste of time.
The author makes camping seem fun and easy - which it is!
You don't feel like a loser for not spending a bazillion dollars on camping equipment. It's okay to go camping "ghetto-style" - or in my case "non-profit style"!
The author has some really fun ideas in here - like awarding badges after a camping trip.
If you take everything in this book to heart, you will be equipped for your very first (or maybe your very first SUCCESSFUL) camping trip.
You don't have to be a newbie camper or a city girl to find something useful about this book. I'm an experienced camper who hates city-life, but this is one of my favorite gifts from last year.
If this book does nothing else for you, it will make you laugh!
However, for those girls (and guys!) who are really in to roughing it, this book offers loads of helpful ideas and great EASY recipes and fun ways to pass the time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I guess I should have taken the title more literally. This is entirely too primitive for me- this is really about backpacking camping. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by jacquesmama
This was really entertaining. Makes me want to grab some girlfriends and go camping. I originally was checking it out to share with my daughters girl scout leader who is a... Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Dina OLeary
City dwellers, this will definitely help you get over your fear of bugs, mud, and nature. The best part of this book is the advice regarding how to pack lightly.Published on September 12, 2013 by Peach
Very much enjoyed this introductory to camping from the female perspective. It covered all of the areas that I was nervous about or had questions on. Funny, easy read.Published on November 9, 2009 by Avid Reader
I purchased a copy of this book for my wife. Being a traditional city girl, she was quite skeptical of there being any fun from backpacking and camping out in the woods. Read morePublished on February 2, 2009 by S. Hill
Very inspiring, and always funny. I can't believe the recipes that are commonplace in this book--very helpful guide for a somewhat more experienced chick-camper!Published on July 29, 2008 by J. Tumma