05 Feb Book recommendation: Woodcraft and Camping & Cloudspotters Guide
My recommended reading for the weekend–two timeless outdoor classics:
„Go light; the lighter the better, so that you have the simplest material for health, comfort, and enjoyment“
George Washington “Nessmuk” Sears wrote his woodcraft manifesto in defiance of a trend that persists today: to make the most of time spent in the woods, a camper should forego the expensive and cumbersome gear, and carry in only a few essential tools, and the know-how to utilize their total potential. Nessmuk’s congenial anecdotes from 1884 illustrate his ardent opinions on every topic from the necessary gear, to proper camp cooking, to raising the ideal shelter for a warm and comfortable sleep.
Originally turned down by 28 publishers, Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s The Couldspotter’s Guide has gone on to be an international bestseller and has been translated into 20 languages. In addition to serving as a guide to cloud types, and how they form, this book explores how the clouds above our heads have played the back drop to the entirety of human existence in art, literature, and film. Pretor-Pinney’s enthusiasm is inspiring, and his writing accessible in a way that will have you looking to the sky with a whole new appreciation.