Camping, Simple and Cheap

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iUniverse, Apr 7, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 96 pages
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The one portable camping source for the occasional or new camper who wants to minimize the planning, preparation, cost, and stress, and focus instead on the enjoyment of the camping experience. No need for encyclopedic books and manuals explaining every kind of gear, knot, boot, and campfire meal; Camping, Simple and Cheap is an easy-to-read handbook that cuts through the confusion and focuses on the basic principles:

• Camping must be simple
• Camping must be cheap
• Camping must be enjoyable

Distilling years of practical experience in a small, portable handbook, it covers such useful topics as:

• The benefits of camping versus hotel lodging (and they’re not all financial)
• Planning the trip and acquiring equipment
• Fast and simple meal planning
• Camping with children and pets
• Dealing with weather and common discomforts
• Fun activities while camping
• Off-season and backpack/canoe camping

Perfect for individuals or families, Camping, Simple and Cheap is required reading for an enjoyable, yet low-cost and low-stress camping experience.


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Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen

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About the author (2010)

Pat Smith is an active outdoor enthusiast, enjoying biking, running, hiking, and, of course, camping. He has been a regular camper with his wife and five children for over twenty-five years and a volunteer leader for the Boy Scouts of America for over ten years. He has camped in over twenty different states and four foreign countries, almost always keeping it simple and cheap, in a tent. His experience includes both leisurely auto-camping and "roughing it"-style backpacking and canoe camping; and he has camped in many state, provincial, and national parks, as well as private and wilderness areas. With a family of seven, plus a dog, he has tested the limits of packing a minivan and learned the secrets of how to keep spouse, kids, and pets happy while camping. Born and raised in northern Utah, he now lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Christine, and children

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