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Snow Walker's Companion: Winter Camping Skills for the North [Anglais] [Broché]

Garrett Conover , Alexandra Conover

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 3rd time; Best of the Best! 14 décembre 2005
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The new "Snow Walker's Companion" is the third version of Garrett and Alexandra Conover's "Winter Wilderness Companion (2001) and "A Snow Walker's Companion" (1996) and although much of the material is the same, Garrett told me in an interview that it was time for a revised text. In the five years since they wrote the "Wilderness" book there have been a number of significant changes in things like portable stoves (now can be bought made of titanium), GPS navigation and some other skills and gear; Suppliers have gone out of business and new ones have come into the marketplace, and some equipment and clothing that was not available commercially, is now. Stone Ridge Press, the new publisher, has added a new section of color photos and the journal of the first major trip that the Conovers made on snowshoes, towing their supplies on native sleds. All through, the book remains highly readable, enjoyable and thought-provoking. I felt the size of the "Wilderness Companion" was better for carrying in a pack, but that little quibble aside, the new edition is one of the very best winter camping books out there.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Valuable old-school information 8 février 2007
Par Jay U. Gilbert - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book teaches real techniques based on native practices. No fancy technology or yuppie gear, just how to be comfortable in places most people fear to go.

This book is also footnoted and referenced in many other winter camping books, always with much respect.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fine successors to Calvin Rutstrum 22 mars 2007
Par E. S Winskill - Publié sur Amazon.com
I happened across this book while looking for a Calvin Rutstrum book. I am a fan of old Cal's, particularly the great Paradise Below Zero, and read that it was cited in Snow Walker's Companion. I had also just purchased a large wall tent with a wood stove, and had been on a "shakedown" winter campout/Nordic ski trip, and have become quite interested in that type of winter camping. More the "old trapper" style of winter doings than the high-tech ski backpacking type.

This book fills that bill to a T, and to boot it truly carries on the Rutstrum tradition magnificently. Rutstrum had a lot of practical "northwoods" material, but he was shy on detail sometimes, and there is some stuff in his books outdated even for the modern "throwback".

This book is chock full of detail, along with fine narrative. It actually tells you how do most things you will need to do. And it is terrific to find a contemporary book that isn't afraid of the axe, fire, and gun; one that shows that you can be a great lover of the wilderness, our priceless environment, and a hunter, too. They put it very gently so as not to scare anybody off!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wait for a Cheaper copy 10 octobre 2013
Par Publisher - Publié sur Amazon.com
The prices for this book, have been truly manipulated to staggering heights, however the publisher will be reprinting this book in Jan 2014 and 2015, so wait a few months and you will be able to order one for a realistic price of circa $20, instead of the hundreds of dollars, which they are laughably listed at.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitive volume on winter travel 23 mars 2008
Par B. McNutt - Publié sur Amazon.com
I bought this book when it was called the The Winter Wilderness Companion: Traditional and Native American Skills for the Undiscovered Season this revised edition is even better with new plans for a traditional wooden toboggan and more trail-craft tips.

I've used the plans to make my own mukluks and mittens with great success and can throughly recommend this book for both beginners and experienced outdoors folks alike.

For those who are really serious about learning winter skills, it would be worth checking out the Conover's website at northwoodsways.com

Although the book is evocatively written with phrases like "...frosted hair makes long haired women look like fairy-tale damsels and bearded men like hoary old walruses..." there is no lack of attention to detail, with meticulous research and dirt-time experience. The Conovers are arguably some of the most experienced winter travel guides around, and this book is testament to that.
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