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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1ST edition (May 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017485X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580174855
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“The text provides inspiring insight into what makes kayakers tick and is a suitable introduction for the newcomer.” — Woodland Hills (CA) Daily News

 

“A quick flip through … reveals a lot of info for the beginner paddler and some interesting anecdotes for the more experienced kayaker.” — Atlantic Coastal Kayaker

 

“Glickman shares his knowledge, all gained the hard way, and uses his sense of humor to keep you entertained.” — Nashville Tennessean

 

“With expert guidance and fun, Glickman gives paddlers solid information on everything from how to climb into a kayak to how to read a compass.” — Sweat Magazine

 

“ … offers guidance from basic launch and stroke techniques to navigation, gear and rescue scenarios.” — Sea Kayaker

 

About the Author

Joe Glickman took up kayaking in 1993 while writing an article on Florida's 10,000 Islands for Men's Journal. Since then he's paddled and raced all over the United States, as well as in Thailand, Tahiti, and South Africa. He is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Inside Sports, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

More About the Author

Joe Glickman is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer. His articles have appeared in Outside, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Conde Nast's The Traveler, The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and many more. He wrote two-dozen "Weekend Warrior" columns for The New York Times and is the author of six books, including To The Top (Northword Press), The Kayak Companion. A two-time member of the US National Marathon Kayak Team, he's a five-time Molokai finisher, placed as high as 2nd at the Mayor's Cup, won the Blackburn twice and done countless other kayak races around the world. Glickman has cycled across America, paddled solo from Montana to Chicago, and climbed the highest mountain in each of the 50 states. His most recent book, Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent (Globe Peaquot), was published in Feb. 2012 and recently shortlisted in the Banff Mountain Book Competition in the Adventure Travel Writing category.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mark Olsson on September 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
The book is 50% watered down information, 50% anecdotes about the author paddling up some river or off the coast of NY or somewhere. Seems to be more oriented towards racing or endurance than just the average person who likes to paddle around. It doesn't have enough information for somebody just starting out, and it has no useful information for an advanced kayaker. Example: He says he's never tried a dry suit, but then goes on to tell you to use a two piece, but that they are probably too hot anyway... As for roll recoveries - he more or less says nobody really does that and it's too hard to explain anyway, so he didn't bother. If you want an excellent book, try "The Essential Sea Kayaker" instead. I got both of them at the same time, and The Kayak Companion is probably going on the shelf never to be read again.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ian on May 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book helped me a lot. I've been paddling a plastic 16-foot kayak for two years and felt I was ready to advance in the sport. Reading Glickman's book was the next best thing to knowing a really experienced paddler who is happy to answer all your questions - including those you don't know enough to ask. When he listed the common mistakes paddlers make in the forward stroke, he could have been talking about me. I followed his advice and saw immediate improvement. The chapter on choosing a kayak was invaluable, and will save me a lot of money and time when I'm ready to upgrade. Glickman's stories of the trials and tribulations of his epic wilderness paddles were alternately inspiring and very funny. If you love kayaking - or think you might - you'll devour this book.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Mcallister on October 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a fun read.

It was actually this book that got me back into kayaking after 30 years.

It is not meant to be a detailed book on the technic of kayaking, but a fun and entertaining adventure biography with enough detail to educate as well. There is just enough information for someone interested in kayaking to get started.

It's a good read for someone thinking about kayaking and interested in real life outdoor adventure.

steve
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mario M. Vittone on September 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am new to kayaking, so I thought got a LOT out of joe's stories, experience, and explinations of kayaking techniques and philosphy. I can see where a more experienced kayaker may feel that the information in this book is beneath them...

(caveat: Kayakers seem to be like bodybuilders...they all think they know everything and can't wait to tell you about the way you should be doing things.)

....but I still think the book is great for even experienced paddlers. Why? Becasue Joe Glickmann, besides being a very experienced kayaker, can write. The book is just a plain good read. It's funny. It has great stories and you can always learn something good from stories.

I say buy it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2003
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Unless you have no idea of kayaking this is not the book for you. The information is so basic and elementary that I was vey disapointed. If however you are very new to the sport there are some goos basics. But you will out grow this book in hours not days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam-I-Am on October 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book in 2008 and if I had reviewed it at that time I probably would have given it five stars. Being new to kayaking I was eager to read everything I could get my hands on. However, I recently pulled this off of my bookshelf for a second read and, now that I've moved beyond the novice stage, I found that the information wasn't as insightful as I remembered. If you're new to kayaking this is probably going to be an enjoyable read for you. But as other reviewers have written, those who are comfortable in a kayak might be better off looking for another book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. York on July 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
I just took a couple on-the-water classes and this book covers the same techniques taught by our instructor (getting back in a kayak with help from one other person, sweep stroke, crab walk, etc.). It is not an in-depth reference book but I just wanted a book to help me remember what we learned in class and this book serves that purpose.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo Pizzirani on July 16, 2007
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The author seems more interested in building his macho paddler image with tales of paddling in punishing circumstances over incredible distances, than in teaching basics (or advanced techniques). I borrowed the book from the library, read it for an hour, and returned it the next day. There is nothing useful here
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