The Happy Camper

The Happy Camper

An Essential Guide to Life Outdoors

Book - 2005
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Firefly Books Ltd

Great outdoor advice.

The Happy Camper is a comprehensive, heavily illustrated, highly entertaining compendium of basic wilderness instruction and well-tested campsite advice. One of North America's top canoeing and outdoors experts, Kevin Callan explains how to get the most from your camping experience -- no matter where you pitch your tent, what you forgot to pack or what the weather.

Step-by-step, the book shows:

  • How to plan a trip for a day or even a few weeks
  • How to pack only what is needed
  • How to beat the bugs, stake a tent, build a fire, ward off unwanted wildlife, paddle a canoe and much more.

Other crucial topics include:

  • Choosing the perfect campsite
  • Using maps and compasses
  • Camp cooking
  • Camping with dogs and kids
  • Bruises, blisters and Band-Aids
  • Canoe and kayak camping
  • Wilderness photography
  • Cold-weather camping.

A compendium of basic wilderness instruction and tested campsite advice from an experienced and well-traveled wilderness writer. Includes trip planning, packing, insects, tents, fires, cooking, maps and compasses, first aid, kids, dogs and more.

Book News
To help us to become happier, more responsible campers, a Canadian outdoorsman shares his expertise on all aspects of "green" camping from trip planning to overcoming bear phobia. The author of the Paddler's Guide series includes tips on canoeing and kayaking. Callan offers color photos, recipes, tip summaries, and references in this revised edition of Ways of the Wild (ca. 1995). Distributed by Firefly Books. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press, 2005
ISBN: 9781550464504
Characteristics: 320 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm


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Jun 25, 2018

Aimed at the camper who travels by canoe, this book contains lots of practical real-world advice from those who have been there. Good for those getting into practical, DIY camping. If you require flush toilets this book isn't for you.


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