- File Size: 3746 KB
- Print Length: 128 pages
- Publisher: FalconGuides; Second edition (March 1, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004NNUEIS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the Back Cover
England, to the thousands of letterboxes today scattered throughout North America, the quaint outdoor activity has come a long way. This fascinating, family-friendly sport—with its intriguing mix of hiking, puzzle solving, navigation, and artistry, topped off with the thrill of discovery—offers something for everyone.
The Letterboxer’s Companion covers all you need to know, from the history of letterboxing to tips on writing and following clues, and from instruction in carving personal stamps to letterboxing etiquette—in short, everything an aspiring letterboxer needs to get started.
About the Author
Randy Hall is a cofounder of the Letterboxing North America website, letterboxing.org, and is a nationally ranked orienteer.
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Randy Hall does an excellent job of explaining all the nuances of letterboxing (the book focuses on American letterboxing) in "The Letterboxer's Companion (Second Edition)". The book covers the history of letterboxing; the tools you need before going letterboxing; how to find letterboxes; how to make and hide your own letterboxes; how to make the rubber stamps used in letterboxing; letterboxing etiquette; conventions; advanced techniques; and how to use the web to find letterboxes (including a list of websites). There is also a glossary and index plus plenty of photos. There are also some puzzles in the book including a hint that within the book there may be clues to a letterbox.
I've only been letterboxing a handful of times and consider myself a beginner and I found "The Letterboxer's Companion" to be very useful. While I knew a lot of the things in the book I still learnt a few new things - namely I went about carving my stamp the completely wrong way! People who are experienced letterboxes probably won't gain much from this book, but newcomers should find it very useful. While there is a ton of useful information in the book, I found the information on how to read a compass and how to create clues when you hide your own letterbox to be the most helpful. All of this is very straightforward, and nothing is too complicated - when I first started letterboxing I found all the information to be a bit overwhelming but Hall does a good job of explaining everything and showing that it is not as complicated as it may at first seem to be.
When I first discovered letterboxing, "The Letterboxer's Companion" was out of print and I never read the first edition so I can't compare the two editions. I was thrilled to find they released a second edition. The book was as informative as I heard it was and I recommend it to anyone who wants to start the fun adventure that is letterboxing.
As for the book.... I'm not to impressed with the updates. IF you have the 1st edition don't waste your money on this one... the updates aren't that great - especially if you are already do letter boxing and / or use Atlas Quest.
I'm still happy because I borrowed the 1st book from our library... now I have my own copy for a reference.