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Song Of The Paddle: An Illustrated Guide To Wilderness Camping Paperback – Apr 18 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books (April 18 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155013082X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550130829
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 1.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Bill Mason was one of Canada's leading canoeists and conservationists, an artist, and an award-winning film-maker. He is author of the classic canoeing book "Path of the Paddle." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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A few years ago, I stumbled upon this book. At the time, I had some river canoeing experience, and they left me wanting to do more, but I was hesitant because I honestly didn't feel I knew enough about canoeing, I didn't know anyone else who knew any more than I did, and I didn't have the spare dollars to hire someone who did. This book solved my problem. Mason covers just about everything related to caoeing, and he does it with humor and wit, and an easy to read style. There are times when he gets ahead of himself, and you have to stop and reread, and do some thinking. But this is for the better anyway as good canoeing requires some use of the noggin'. You'll find preparation lists, hints and strategies all through the book for everything from day trips to full blown wilderness excursions lasting weeks. There is an excellent section on canoe safety and the basic paddling strokes (which was the section that got me back on the water with the confidence to learn and improve). Mason covers portaging, use of a compass and maps for navigation, rescue techniques, includes a few recipies (that work quite well) and even gets into the trickier maneuvers a skilled paddler can attempt. Besides all that, Mason includes plenty of stories (including a couple of hair-raising ones) that will make you laugh, think, and-most likely-help you hear the song too! My copy is getting all worn out from constantly rereading, and you'll likely do the same to yours.
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Bill Mason was one of the best writers on canoeing period. He uses humor throughout the book and gives canoeists and campers of all kinds practical tips on the outdoors, canoeing and life in general. I highly recommend this book as an addition to anyone's library. Especially those of us who enjoy canoeing and understanding others' thoughts on the outdoors.
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Bill's love for Canada and his passion for camping in the wild come through gloriously in this loving look at outdoor tripping and living. It's chock full of tips and stories and quite honestly is my favourite camping and canoeing book by far.
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This old book, along with Path of the Paddle, are out of print and hard to find.

I haven't investigated the field extensively, but these are magical.
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Nice read with some good information.
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