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Originally published in 1906, Horace Kephart’s Camping
and Woodcraft: A Handbook for Vacation Campers and Travelers in the
Woods
stands more than a century later as a classic in outdoors
writing. Praised byField & Stream as “an encyclopedia of
living in the open,” it provides expertly detailed answers to
hundreds of practical problems that arise on every outing in the great
outdoors. Within Camping and Woodcraft, you’ll find tips on:
•Catching and cooking game with minimal effort


•Practical provisions to bring

•Navigating unfamiliar
trails and terrains

•Setting up camp


•Useful woodsmanship and marksmanship skills to learn


•And dozens more topics

Delivering timeless instructional
wisdom, Camping and Woodcraft belongs on the shelf and in the
backpack of every camper, hiker, and outdoor aficionado.

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Reviews for Camping and Woodcraft: A Handbook for Vacation Campers and Travelers in the Woods:

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Aug 15, 2012

I came across this book many years ago in a library.
I read it as an adventure story with the most amazing details of practical self sufficiency in the backwoods of some of the American states, but knowing that everything Kephart was relating was true.
If anyone in the US, or Canada for that matter, wants to know all that they need to know about venturing into the inhospitable areas of their countries, this is the man, this is the book.
There is nothing he doesn't cover, if it's not in his book, I came across this book many years ago in a library.
I read it as an adventure story with the most amazing details of practical self sufficiency in the backwoods of some of the American states, but knowing that everything Kephart was relating was true.
If anyone in the US, or Canada for that matter, wants to know all that they need to know about venturing into the inhospitable areas of their countries, this is the man, this is the book.
There is nothing he doesn't cover, if it's not in his book, don't do it!
Unfortunately apart from the copy in my library, which I managed to purchase when withdrawn, I have never seen it in print.
I don't know if it's in reprint in the US, haven't seen it on Amazon, but it can be downloaded in digital form.
I have a feeling that our own self sufficient survivalist in the UK, Ray Mears, must have read this or have a copy from some of his own teachings/advice.
I'm not embarrassed to say that I often re read this simply as an adventure story, rather like Robinson Crusoe, but a lot more exciting and practical!
The disgraceful fact is that although I have many US sites relating to the outdoors, camping, shooting, fishing etc., collated on Flipboard and Zite, I have never seen his name mentioned. ...more
5

Sep 12, 2008

This book, published in 1917, is timeless. The wisdom and practicality within are refreshing - a return to basics and raw technology that is still relevant today.
5

Nov 16, 2018

Super reference book for the serious, old-time camper. Who camps like this today? No one!
5

Jan 19, 2018

Originally published in 1906 as one volume, Camping and Woodcraft was expanded into a two-volume edition in 1916-17. Camping and Woodcraft ranks sixth among the ten best-selling sporting books of all time. A standard manual for campers and a veritable outdoor enthusiasts bible for over four decades, this book reflects Horace Kepharts practical knowledge and covers, in depth, any problem that campers might confront.
Kephart lived in the Great Smoky Mountains and spent most of his time in the wild. Originally published in 1906 as one volume, Camping and Woodcraft was expanded into a two-volume edition in 1916-17. Camping and Woodcraft ranks sixth among the ten best-selling sporting books of all time. A standard manual for campers and a veritable outdoor enthusiast’s bible for over four decades, this book reflects Horace Kephart’s practical knowledge and covers, in depth, any problem that campers might confront.
Kephart lived in the Great Smoky Mountains and spent most of his time in the wild. Consequently, he became an expert on all aspects of camp life from living in a semi-permanent lean-to to traveling with only the bare essentials in a backpack. More than simply a hunting or fishing guide, Kephart’s book covers a wide variety of subjects from how to dress game and fish to how to shoot accurately. Every chapter is filled with tips that remain useful even after fifty years of improvements in equipment and technology.

Jim Casada, who has provided an informative introduction to this edition, is professor of history at Winthrop College. He has written numerous articles on sporting figures and outdoor literature and is editor-at-large for Sporting Classics and contributing editor for Fly Fishing Heritage. ...more
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Jan 24, 2018

To speak poorly of Horace Kephart's masterpiece is tantamount to treason in outdoors communities. But I think this book has some serious flaws that need to be addressed for a modern reader:

The attempt to universalize this book - and it truly is a reference book - makes this book difficult to use as a reference guide. If this is a book meant to be read at home before a journey, it can be sort of useful but it's really unwieldy, and many of the topics talked about really have to be practiced as To speak poorly of Horace Kephart's masterpiece is tantamount to treason in outdoors communities. But I think this book has some serious flaws that need to be addressed for a modern reader:

The attempt to universalize this book - and it truly is a reference book - makes this book difficult to use as a reference guide. If this is a book meant to be read at home before a journey, it can be sort of useful but it's really unwieldy, and many of the topics talked about really have to be practiced as you do them.

If this is a book that's meant to be read and used in the field, this is just too dense and large of a book to do it - and, today, so much of the information given feels obsolete and anachronistic.

For what it is, it's a masterpiece, and Kephart remains a source of deep, scholarly knowledge, some of which is being relearned by today's outdoorspeople (like his discussion of how important keeping weight down is, for example). ...more
5

Nov 01, 2019

Excellent!! Hard to review something that is encyclopedic in scope. Covers all aspects of outdoor gear, food/game and generally traveling through the woods. From a simple bivouac to building a cabin. Keep the bugs, just about anything you need for traipsing about.
5

Dec 01, 2019

Lots of information

Great read. Use with caution. Lots of dated and hard to find items. Unfortunately many of the suppliers mentioned are out of business.
5

May 24, 2014

One of the greatest books I have ever read. If you are venturing out of your front door into the worlds wild places this is a must read. Timeless treasure trove of practical advice on how to make do when things get interesting! Horace is one of my all time heroes.....

Wise words extend to what to do even before you venture out through the front door (sneak your latest acquisitions in through the back door).... Written over a hundred years ago but some things don't change.

"And there are many of One of the greatest books I have ever read. If you are venturing out of your front door into the worlds wild places this is a must read. Timeless treasure trove of practical advice on how to make do when things get interesting! Horace is one of my all time heroes.....

Wise words extend to what to do even before you venture out through the front door (sneak your latest acquisitions in through the back door).... Written over a hundred years ago but some things don't change.

"And there are many of us who, through some miscue of the Fates, are not rich enough to give carte-blanche orders over the counter. We would like silk tents, air mattresses, fibre packing cases, and all that sort of thing; but we would soon " go broke " if we started in at that rate. I am saying nothing about guns, rods, reels, and such-like, because they are the things that every well conducted sportsman goes broke on, anyway, as a matter of course. I am speaking only of such purchases as might be thought extravagant. And it is conceivable that some folks might call it extravagant to pay thirty-five dollars for a thing to sleep in when you lie out of doors on the ground from choice, or thirty dollars for pots and pans to cook with when you are "playing hobo" as the unregenerate call our sport.

To practise shrewd economies in such things helps out if you are caught slipping in through the back gate with a brand-new gun, when everybody knows that you already possess more guns than you can find legitimate use for. If one begins, as he should, six months in advance, to plan and prepare for his next summer or fall vacation, he can, by gradual and surreptitious hoarding, get together a commendable camping equipment, and nobody will notice the outlay.

The best way is to make many of the things yourself. This gives your pastime an air of thrift, and propitiates the Lares and Penates by keeping you home o' nights. And there is a world of solid comfort in having every-thing fixed just to suit you. The only way to have it so is to do the work yourself." ...more
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Jul 15, 2012

I read Kephart's book many long years a go, as a girl scout. Through time the book was lost somewhere, or given away, but not its memories.
I repurchased a copy of it the night Gary Carden had his book signing of "Outlander" on July 14, 2012 at the Jackson County Library. "Outlander" is a script copy (with several additions) of Carden's most recent play by the same name. "Outlander" premiered at The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville, NC. It is the story of Kephart's role in the establishment of I read Kephart's book many long years a go, as a girl scout. Through time the book was lost somewhere, or given away, but not its memories.
I repurchased a copy of it the night Gary Carden had his book signing of "Outlander" on July 14, 2012 at the Jackson County Library. "Outlander" is a script copy (with several additions) of Carden's most recent play by the same name. "Outlander" premiered at The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville, NC. It is the story of Kephart's role in the establishment of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and its effect on people of the region, whose ancestors I lived among in Bryson City for many years.
Gary rekindled my interest in Kephart and both of his books "Camping and Woodcraft", as well as "Our Southern Highlanders", which I read in a course on Appalachian Literature at Appalachian State University in the mid 70s.
Thank you Gary for allowing my memories to come back to life, while giving me a much greater knowledge and appreciation of Horace Kephart.

*(The edition I purchased is the 2011 release, two volumes in one, containing an Introduction by George Ellison and Janet McCue). ...more
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Jul 24, 2015

I have reviewed this as the original separate books, Camping and Woodcraft, and Camp Cookery.
I have a copy of the the combined volume in poor condition and am very glad it has had a well deserved reprint.
I don't know how well Kephart is known in his own country, but if not well he deserves greater recognition.
He does not appear to be very well known in the UK, even by our Ray Mears, our modern exponent of outdoor, self sufficient, living. Although I have to say that various knowledge that Mears I have reviewed this as the original separate books, Camping and Woodcraft, and Camp Cookery.
I have a copy of the the combined volume in poor condition and am very glad it has had a well deserved reprint.
I don't know how well Kephart is known in his own country, but if not well he deserves greater recognition.
He does not appear to be very well known in the UK, even by our Ray Mears, our modern exponent of outdoor, self sufficient, living. Although I have to say that various knowledge that Mears imparts seem to closely mirror advice given by Kephart.
Much of what is written by Kephart is to do with conditions found only in the US and in the areas which he describes but a lot of his fundamental basics apply world wide in the wilder remote areas. ...more
5

Sep 28, 2013

This book was originally published as a two volume work, in 1906. The two volumes were condensed into one, about a decade later. It is a classic, by a true giant in the field, Horace Kephart, who spent much of his life after age thirty living alone in the wilds. I read this volume as part of my preparation for some recent wilderness training and recreation. Although much of the information contained is dated, and therefore obsolete, I found Kephart's philosophy, and his basic approach to skills, This book was originally published as a two volume work, in 1906. The two volumes were condensed into one, about a decade later. It is a classic, by a true giant in the field, Horace Kephart, who spent much of his life after age thirty living alone in the wilds. I read this volume as part of my preparation for some recent wilderness training and recreation. Although much of the information contained is dated, and therefore obsolete, I found Kephart's philosophy, and his basic approach to skills, techniques, and equipment selection to be surprisingly practical and relevant to today. ...more
5

May 24, 2010

this one i'm going to have to read over time - at times when i'm looking for camping equipment and/or planning a serious trip. the author was a librarian and an all-around amazing dude and there's a good bio of him at the beginning. it's old, but still a classic and the tips still seem fairly applicable to today despite any advances in gear.
5

Sep 09, 2011

A pragmatic classic from way back around 1906, of what every woodsman must know before venturing forth into the woods. The pratical skills of this book have not been replaced by modern technologies and the ornate and lovely prose has not lost any of its appeal. A gem.
5

Apr 14, 2014

A glimpse into wilderness lore from 1910. Still relevant, although more suited for camping in Alaska or the big wild places. Pretty technical in places but still a fine read for anyone interested in bushcraft and/or primitive skills.
5

Dec 17, 2015

First comprehensive historical book on camping and backpacking. Anyone who wishes to return to their roots should consider reading this.
5

Dec 12, 2007

Interesting chapters on axemanship, "How to Walk," tomohawk shelters and so on. Published in 1917, so some of this stuff is out of date, but oh! the writing!

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