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How to Camp Out

John Mead Gould

Book Overview: 

Advice on camp gear, clothing, cooking, hiking, and other topics. Much of the book remains good and sensible advice today, but modern readers may be amused by Maj. Gould's few remarks on ladies, who "must be cared for more tenderly than men."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .In conclusion, then, if you walk, and carry all your stuff, camping, and doing all your work, and cooking as you go, you should travel but few miles a day, or, better still, should have many days when you do not move your camp at all.

OTHER WAYS OF GOING AFOOT.

It is not necessary to say much about the other ways of going afoot. If you can safely dispense with cooking and carrying food, much will be gained for travel and observation. The expenses, however, will be largely increased. If you can also dispense with camping, you ought then to be able to walk fifteen or twenty miles daily, and do a good deal of sight-seeing besides. You should be in practice, however, to do this.

You must know beforehand about your route, and whether the country is settled where you are going.

Keep in mind, when you are making plans, that it is easier for one or two to get accommodation at the farmhouses than for a larger party.

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Community Reviews

Camping and life advise from a Civil War Veteran.
Pretty good book if you like that sort of thing.
I do

Not bad camping advice for a book written over 100 years ago!

Everything you want to know about camping in the 1870s is in this book. Advice is given on how to prepare, what to bring, how best to travel, et cetera. The back of the book lays out how to keep a diary, poisons, hygiene, and more.

Such a cool trip back in time. How to camp the old way. Things have changed a lot in gear, science and attitudes.

Obviously dated advice, especially the medical advice at the end. Most of the suggestions are no longer needed thanks to better tent materials and lightweight fibreglass poles, gas stoves, etc.

I still found the whole book quite enjoyable to read to my son, rather than all the same old...more

It was ok.