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Most how-to books lack a sense of humor....That isn't the case with this slightly whacked book offering all sorts of information on camping...Some great little sidebars add to the fun... All of these little touches, coupled with good color photography and the author's great sense of humor, make this book a step above the average how-to guide. (The Salt Lake Tribune 2008-09-14)

The perfect book for those who want the thrills with none of the spills. Delivered in his trademark good-humored style, Callan gives novice campers all the information they need to make their first camping experience one that will make them want to do it again. More experienced outdoor types will be reminded of why they go "out there" in the first place. (www.paddling.net/store)

Wilderness Pleasures is a practical and humorous guide to spending pleasurable time in the outdoors... Callan mixes comic tales with expertise, revealing the secrets to camping companion harmony, how to sleep softly on the ground, bush martinis and last, but certainly not least, how to make love in a canoe (apparently there are six steps)...lt's all packaged in a colourful picture-packed 238-page paperback, which makes for an entertaining read. (Emma Gilchrist The Calgary Herald 2008-10-16)

Kevin Callan walks a fine line between the must-be-miserable-in-the-wilderness crowd and those that love their guilty pleasures.... He wants readers to have the experience while still feeling comfortable, and for the most part he manages to walk the line. (Sharon Wootton Washington Herald 2008-12-06)

New to camping and need a little advice? Author Kevin Callan, veteran wilderness guide, provides good-humored tips and information that will make the camping experience more enjoyable. (Women in the Outdoors, National Wild Turkey Federa)

Callan's newest book does not disappoint. It is funny, informative and makes for good reading if you are a camper who aspires to leave the car behind... "Wilderness Pleasures' has tips for experienced trippers, but is most geared for introductory and intermediate wilderness campers. It is more discussion than dissertation, more playful than profound.... Outdoor prudes may want a little fan to cool themselves. Most others will find Callan's humor and expertise a true pleasure to read. (Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids Press 2008-10-31)

Don't let the word "wilderness" intimidate you. Letting go of the refuge of your car is easier than you think and to help you along is a new book by Kevin Callan.... Wilderness Camping: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss will ease your mind and convince even lifelong car campers to give wilderness camping a try.... Callan is known for his light-hearted writing style...and while misadventures add an element of humour to the book, they also serve to instruct us on what to do.... Although Callan has an obvious love of the outdoors that comes through in his writing, the over 130 colour photographs depict the enjoyment of wilderness camping better than any written description could.... Wilderness Pleasures is a camping resource you don't want to be without.... Even if you're not ready to give up car camping just yet, the tips and techniques in Wilderness Pleasures will add to your camping enjoyment... "It's my favourite book and I had a blast writing it," say Callan, who has an
enthusiasm for wilderness camping that experienced campers can relate to and [that] novice campers will find contagious. For yourself or any camper you know, Wilderness Pleasures provides a humorous look at what keeps campers coming back. (Kim Good The Muskoka Sun)

The latest book from one of Explore's contributing editors shows there's much more to camping than just baked beans and bug bites. (Explore (Toronto) 2008-10-31)

[Callan] likes canoeing and he likes camping, and he's put together a helpful book of advice that will benefit anyone who wants to spend time outdoors.... His tips on what to pack and what's worth investing in are excellent, and the recipes for camp cooking alone are worth the price of the book.... Novice or veteran traveller in the bush, you can benefit from Callan's helpful and practical advice. (Linda Turk Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay) 2008-08-10)

About the Author

Kevin Callan is the author of 11 books, including The Happy Camper and the popular A Paddler's Guide series. A key speaker at major North American canoeing and camping expos for 20 years, he is the recipient of three National Magazine awards and four film awards, including top award at the prestigious Waterwalker Film Festival. Callan lives in Peterborough, Ontario, birthplace of the modern-day canoe.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Boston Mills Press (September 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550464973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550464979
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,644,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The subtitle of this book is "A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss." This is misleading: this book is less about camping techniques and equipment, and more about the love and memories many of us have of camping and canoeing. This book, really an anthology of small essays by the author, is passionate and funny. You'll laugh out loud when you read about the author's morning show interview with an anchor who tries to whistle into female urinary device. You'll love the pithy gems, like "Maps create dreams; that's why we appreciate them so much," scattered throughout the book. The two-page list of memorable camping smells (e.g., bug spray), sounds (e.g., rain on the tarp), tastes (e.g., fresh fish), and touches (e.g., dry socks) will take you back to your last trip. There is indeed some practical information: I don't have kids, but the author's seven-page section on kids and camping is excellent.

Don't buy this expecting it to be a "how-to" text or a "camping for dummies" book. Buy this instead if you or your family love camping and want inspiration and a fresh perspective on the outdoor activity so many of us love. After reading this, you'll be reenergized and be ready to plan your next big trip.
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I enjoy the writings of Kevin Callan, I definately enjoy Wilderness Pleasures. If you are looking for fun book on camping and the outdoors. Check it out.
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Looks to be a great book with a lot of information that my husband and son will use when they go to the Boundary Waters.
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I have never read a more poorly written book. I don't know if the mistakes were caused by the author or the publisher, but this book is a mess. There are missing phrases that make it hard to read. Words are duplicated or misplaced. There are run-on sentences. If I were a college professor grading this book as a paper, I would give it a C-. Poorly written books do a terrible job of conveying their messages. Avoid this book if English is your primary language. Thank goodness I checked this book out from the library before rushing out to buy it. Save your money.
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