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Once upon a Wilderness [Hardcover]

Calvin Rutstrum

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April 1973
Though he began his life as a Twin Cities resident, Calvin Rutstrum came to see noise, material wealth, and perpetual frenzy as the narcotics of the city dweller. Like Henry David Thoreau, he set out to live a simpler, more meaningful life. In his pursuit, Rutstrum came to appreciate the natural world and the skills necessary to survive in it. Part memoir, part guidebook, and part environmental treatise, Once upon a Wilderness is a treasury of wilderness wisdom.

Rutstrum reminisces about lessons that his time in the wilderness has taught him. He writes about a range of backcountry issues, including environmental preservation, cultural sensitivity toward Native Americans, the urban versus the rural, and the artistic value of practical skills. Through his thoughtful consideration of the pleasure and value of wilderness, Rutstrum offers a clarion call for a saner, more socially responsible and environmentally sensitive way of living.

Calvin Rutstrum (1895-1982) was one of the best-known outdoorsmen of his generation and the author of many books, including The Wilderness Route Finder, Paradise Below Zero, The New Way of the Wilderness, and North American Canoe Country, all published by the University of Minnesota Press.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co (April 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026063301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0026063302
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,775,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Wilderness Reflections March 22 2010
By David L. McHone - Published on Amazon.com
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Calvin Rutstrum joins Bill Magie and Sig Olson in providing us with some of the most meaningful insight into what is so special about the Boundary Waters Area. Calvin focuses on the early years and how wilderness travelers used the most basic equipment and everyday food supplies, sometimes offering the simplicity of yesterday with our more complicated methods of travel, today. Chapter to chapter, Calvin moves from story-telling, to equipment considerations, and then to his philosophy about urban vs. rural living and the (oft times) lost value of practical skills. As a frequent wilderness canoe traveler, I fully enjoyed his stories and his reflections. If you are considering a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for the first time, this quick and enjoyable read will multiply you trip experience - many-fold.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calvin always gets top notch from me... Nov. 7 2007
By Walter C. Skrzypek - Published on Amazon.com
From a true pioneer outdoorsman...I love Calvin's tales interspersed in his readings with some opinions tossed about about politics, economics, and the state of his future and now, our past...Just very well written from an original. His stories that he chats about in between are short and enjoyable. I love his work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing Jan. 9 2010
By Margaret Blass - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the 2nd book by this author my husband has read. He is thoroughly enjoying the book with its great descriptive writing. Anyone interested in the outdoors and nature should enjoy this book.

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