Reading Canoeing Wild Rivers is like attending a master class in wilderness travel.
Cliff Jacobson’s 30th anniversary edition of the classic Expedition Canoeing (now Canoeing Wild Rivers) is required reading for anyone planning or even thinking about a high adventure trip.
This completely updated and revised edition features dozens of full-color photos, how-to illustrations, source charts, canoeing and camping techniques, and a chapter full of hard-won advice from a couple of dozen canoeing experts, and a new chapter devoted to paddling desert and swamp rivers.
Although this is the best and only canoeing book of its type, and Jacobson writes in great detail about canoeing techniques; don’t get the idea that this is just for canoeists!
Jacobson shares a lifetime of valuable how-to wisdom on camping, route-finding, and expedition techniques; but the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Beyond the immediately practical information aimed at canoeing the most valuable thing to be gained is the mindset of planning, preparing, and carrying out a wilderness trip.
A law student studies cases to understand the concepts and principles of the law. A wilderness trip leader studies Canoeing Wild Rivers to understand the concepts and principles of wilderness travel.
Cliff Jacobson isn’t a rigid traditionalist, he’s a lifetime learner :
Readers of earlier editions of this book will discover that some of my views have changed over the years. This is inevitable as I continue to gain experience and explore new products and places. Recent examples include my new respect for folding and inflatable canoes, a change in philosophy regarding rain gear and footwear, a love-hate relationship with electronic equipment, and a more patient approach to dealing with dangers.
I can’t overstate how much I value Cliff’s practicality and his overall approach, he’s a lifelong Scouting participant, Distinguished Eagle Scout, and a great teacher.
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