Camping For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 27, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 384 pages
Your straightforward guide for succesfully enjoying the great outdoors

You love the great outdoors, but you’re not always sure the great outdoors loves you. You can pitch a tent, start a campfire, build furniture by lashing tree branches together – in theory anyway! But while you may not have gotten your Girl Scout Gold Award, or your Eagle Scout with cluster, you can still enjoy a night out under the stars with those near and dear to you, or even work towards becoming a more serious outdoorsman, right?

Sure as a bear lives in the woods, Camping for Dummies shows you how to get out there and enjoy the best Mother Nature has to offer. With the helpful advice this common sense guide provides, you’ll be prepared when it comes to:

  • Destination
  • Gear
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Weather
  • Safety

Written by journalist Michael Hodgson, veteran of Utah’s Eco-Challenge and numerous other outdoor adventures, Camping for Dummies cuts out gear-head jargon and antiquated methods to give you, plain and simple, what you need to know to make the smart choices that lead to great adventures. You’ll find out:

  • How to tie a bear bag
  • The delicious caveman style for cooking fresh fish
  • The limitations of GPS
  • How to predict the weather by observing birds, frogs, and insects
  • Ten survival essentials
  • How to go canoe, kayak, or bicycle camping
  • What features make a good backpack, boot, and other equipment
  • When and how to bring along children

Whether the dictionary definition of “tenderfoot” has your picture next to it or you already consider wilderness your home away from home, you’ll appreciate this handy, concise reference. Full of illustrations, diagrams, and directions for finding additional camping resources, Camping for Dummies is your complete ticket to America’s great outdoors.


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Great starter book!

User Review  - sixwinged - Borders

I'd never been camping before so I bought this book because I like the series in general. It had so many great tips for a duffer like me! After reading it thru and implementing a lot Hodgson's tips ... Read full review

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The dummy books always have great information and tips you wont find anywhere else. Read full review


What to Do and Where to 10
Dress for Success
Hitting the Road
Setting Up Camp
Camping Skills Food and
Chapter 9 Taking a Hike
Fun flames and Photol
Weathering the Qutdoors
The Pm of Tens
Ten LowImpact Camping Tips
Eggs Benedict
Baked Steak Surprise
Ten or So Camping Resources

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About the author (2011)

Recognized nationally for his poignant writing style, humor and knowledge of outdoor equipment, award-winning journalist and author Michael Hodgson is constantly "seeking out the wilder side of a mountain..." in search of a good story or a ridiculously tough place to test gear. Frankly, his friends are amazed that he can still walk. Michael is the copublisher of SNEWS®, a subscription-only news service for the outdoor and fitness industries and is a founding partner in GearTrends® - - established in 1999 as an information website for new products and trends in the outdoor, snow sport, fitness, paddling and bike markets.

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