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Kirsten's Must-Reads for Any Wilderness Adventure
One Man's Wilderness Imagine constructing a house with only two hands and homemade implements. You harvest the lumber from a nearby cedar forest and build a cabin fit for a king in the one of the most desolate, beautiful parts of Alaska. Fifty year-old Richard Proenneke lived One Man's Wilderness in 1968 for 16 months. His tale, told by friend Sam Keith, puts readers in Proenneke's shoes through the detailed journals he kept of his journey. For anyone looking to make a life in the wildest of conditions, far from civilization, read Proenneke's story to see how it's done. His cabin is now part of the National Park Service.
SAS Survival Handbook Field guides are a must for anyone heading out to the wilderness. Many outdoor enthusiasts swear by the SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman. The guide is jam-packed with useful and sometimes life-saving information including detailed descriptions and illustrations of edible plants, animal traps, shelters and camp furniture. At a hefty 572 pages, the handbook offers the reader practical and advanced wilderness knowledge that is useful in and out of survival situations. Its compact enough for a backpack, but filled with priceless advice.
Another Roadside Attraction While not a useful field guide, Tom Robbins' Another Roadside Attraction paints a hysterical, intelligent picture of a life worth considering. It is one where four wild-at-heart characters make a modest living running a roadside attraction/flea circus in the Pacific Northwest. Their journeys fall on the edge of irony and absurdity, but they all share a common bond with nature. This entertaining fiction allows readers to temporarily forget their 9-5 drudgery and instead pick wild mushrooms in Oregonian forests and live in a tipi while traveling with a group of gypsies. Another Roadside Attraction nurtures a wilderness spirit.
Swiss Family Robinson Whether at age six or 60, The Swiss Family Robinson appeals to adventurous, nature-loving spirits. The timeless story of the shipwrecked family engages those who wonder, "Could I survive on a deserted island?" The story's enduring popularity also translated into a memorable Disney movie and an attraction at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Visitors can actually climb through a replica of the family's ingenious tree house. How's that for turning fiction into reality?