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Song Of The Paddle: An Illustrated Guide To Wilderness Camping [Paperback]

Bill Mason
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April 18 2002
The return of a classic paddling guide.

More than a how-to camping and paddling guide, Song of the Paddle is a philosophical guide to outdoor living. Written by the acclaimed paddler and outdoorsman, Bill Mason, the book leads readers on a journey of exploration and discovery.

Mason writes from an intensely subjective viewpoint and the advice is practical and sound. He emphasizes the difference in perception between camping (rough) and outdoor living (comfort). Each page is packed with hard-won tips and tricks for enjoying the great outdoors. No detail is ignored -- from keeping campfire smoke out of your eyes to ensuring children are safely occupied around the campsite.

Chapters include:
- Traveling solo, in groups and with family
- Campsites, tents and camping gear
- Camp fires, fireplaces and stoves
- Cooking in the wild
- Outdoor clothing options
- Packing equipment and food
- Survival tips and first aid
- Canoes for wilderness tripping
- Paddling and portaging skills

Mason's personal accounts and details of memorable expeditions are certain to kindle the reader's sense of adventure. Abundantly illustrated by photographs and sketches, novice campers and seasoned paddlers alike will get more out of their outdoor experience thanks to Song of the Paddle.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Mason helps you to hear "the song" July 17 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on "Living in the Outdoors" March 6 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favourite books! July 11 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential canoeing reference Jan. 6 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Mason helps you to hear "the song" July 17 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favourite books! July 11 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on "Living in the Outdoors" March 6 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Song of the Paddle Sept. 22 2012
By caddo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great read with a lot of good ideas to get you started in canoe camping. Some of the material is out dated but you will get a lot from this book. Bill Mason is the man when it comes to canoe camping. Reading this book really fired me up to get the canoe loaded and get to the water!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book about canoeing and how to canoe. April 3 2012
By Joshuak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Awesome book on how to canoe and enjoy doing it. I love the easy to read and plentiful photo's of how things should look or be done. I was even amazed to see a couple photos of one of the guys canoeing his aluminum canoe that had literaly been torn to shreds. that thing was trashed and he was making way with it. LOL. I highly recommend this book to anyone, amatuer or professional alike. Only thing that could I could even possibly complain about is that the book is older and the gear selection is old. But that in no way will keep me or prevent anyone from learning from this book.
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