Thousands of years ago, everyone lived in the wilderness. Today, most people live comfortably indoors. This is perfectly fine, of course, but many have completely lost touch with nature. Meanwhile, millions of acres of pristine wilderness are waiting to be enjoyed. Wildering: Anyone's Guide to Enjoying the American Wilderness can help reconnect people with the natural world-even those who have never set foot in the woods. Author Mick Tune has the answers to all the questions you're afraid to ask, with information about equipment, packing, permitting, basic survival, and much more. You don't have to be in incredible shape or spend a fortune on equipment to enjoy the outdoors-all you need is a pair of legs and a spirit of adventure. Mick Tune wasn't a Boy Scout, nor is he a professional mountain man-but he loves the wilderness, and he's learned a lot over three decades of outdoor adventures. Tune is living proof that nature exists for everyone's enjoyment; you just need the courage to take that first step.
Author: Helen Nienhueser
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Sports & Recreation
An indispensable resource for hiking, skiing, paddling, and climbing the backcountry of Southcentral AlaskaAll trips completely updated with seven new, comprehensive trips, and 18 new side trips70,000 copies of previous editions sold! The most current information on newly available maps and new trip summary tables for easy trip planningFrom woodland and tundra hikes to float trips and winter excursions, there are actually over 135 ways to discover the Southcentral Alaska in this book. Completely revised, it includes seven new trips, such as the Kesugi Ridge, a four-day high country trek in Denali State Park. Also included is information on the recently refurbished Valdez Historic Trail, and on Shoup Bay, a new trail in Prince William Sound that combines an easy beach walk with a glacier and iceberg studded final destination.Two convenient trip summary tables provide easy trip comparisons by location, length, level of difficulty, season to go, and suitability for children. The book also provides maps and helpful information on such things as finding public transportation to some of these amazing destinations.
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild. Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: Tom Brown
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Release Date: 1986-12
For untold thousands of years, human beings have thrived on the nutritional and medicinal wealth of the plant life in the natural world. In these fascinating, wide-ranging, wonderfully informative stories, Tom Brown--director of the world-famous Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School--tells all about the uncommon benefits of the common trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants we find all around us. This indispensible guide includes information on: How to use every part of the plant--leaves, flowers, bark, bulbs, and roots Where to find useful plants, and the best time of the year and stages of growth to harvest them How to prepare delicious food dishes, soups, breads and teas from the riches of the great outdoors An incredible range of experience-proven medicinal uses to treat headaches, burns, digestive disorders, skin problems, and a host of other maladies
In our technology-driven, workaday world, connecting with nature has never before been more essential. A Wilder Life, a beautiful oversized lifestyle book by the team behind the popular Wilder Quarterly, gives readers indispensable ideas for interacting with the great outdoors. Learn to plant a night-blooming garden, navigate by reading the stars, build an outdoor shelter, make dry shampoo, identify insects, cultivate butterflies in a backyard, or tint your clothes with natural dyes. Like a modern-day Whole Earth Catalog, A Wilder Life gives us DIY projects and old-world skills that are being reclaimed by a new generation. Divided into sections pertaining to each season and covering self-reliance, growing and gardening, cooking, health and beauty, and wilderness, and with photos and illustrations evocative of the great outdoors, A Wilder Life shows that getting in touch with nature is possible no matter who you are and--more important--where you are.
John Eldredge revises and updates his best-selling, renowned Christian classic. God designed men to be dangerous, says John Eldredge. Simply look at the dreams and desires written in the heart of every boy: To be a hero, to be a warrior, to live a life of adventure and risk. Sadly, most men abandon those dreams and desires-aided by a Christianity that feels like nothing more than pressure to be a "nice guy." It is no wonder that many men avoid church, and those who go are often passive and bored to death. In this provocative book, Eldredge gives women a look inside the true heart of a man and gives men permission to be what God designed them to be-dangerous, passionate, alive, and free.
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Hudson River Valley (N.Y. and N.J.)
"The Hudson River School is really the first coherent school of American art and it helped shape the mythos of the American landscape. The artists of the School, working from 1825 to 1875, infused the American landscape with the dreams and ambitions of a young nation poised for greatness. Beginning with the works of Thomas Cole, acknowledged founder and key figure in the establishment of the School, landscape art became the prevalent genre of nineteenth-century painting. Cole, whose dramatic and colorful landscapes are among the most impressive of the group, may be said to have been its leader during the its most active years. The work of over 20 artists is included here, with paintings by Henry Inman, Jasper Cropsey, Frederic E. Church, George Inness, Sanford Gifford, Martin Johnson Heade, Albert Bierstadt, William Stanley Haseltine, and Thomas Moran."
Author: Marian Jordan
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Release Date: 2008
It's woman versus wild in this fun yet frank book about the various wilderness seasons of life. Whether it's relationship drama, the constant pull of our sinful nature, a health issue, or any variety of unmet dreams, Marian Jordan turns readers to God's Word as the ultimate wilderness survival guide.
Rabbi Jamie Korngold has always loved the outdoors, the place where humankind first met with God. Whether it’s mountaineering, running ultramarathons, or just sitting by a stream, she finds her spirituality and Judaism thrive most in the wilderness. In her work as the Adventure Rabbi, leading groups toward spiritual fulfillment in the outdoors, Korngold has uncovered the rich traditions and lessons God taught our ancestors in the wild. In God in the Wilderness Korngold uses rabbinic wisdom and witty insights to guide readers through the Bible, showing people of all faiths that, despite the hectic pace of life today, it is vital for us to reclaim these lessons, awaken our inner spirituality, and find meaning, tranquillity, and purpose in our lives.
The author was raised in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, when the Valley was a wide-open area of orange groves, homes and estates. The large estates were owned by the movie stars such as Roy Rogers and other stars in their heyday. After marriage, my husband and I desired to raise our family in a country atmosphere with a minuscule population. We sold our first home in the valley in order to move to the tiny town of Acton, in the mountainous countryside sixty miles north of Los Angeles. The time line of book is 1928 to 2011 with many odd happening in our lives and unusual memories and pleasant days in the country. We cleared the land, put down a well, and built our home ourselves and raised a family of four children. Upon completion of the house it was necessary to move the home if we wished to continue living in it. It was a new home and yes we wanted it, but this proved to be frightening experience and a near tragic disaster! This is only one of the many unusual happenings in our life in the country. Unwanted animals are freely given to people who live in the country from friends. In this manner, we acquired a burro that soon gave birth to a strong baby burro (on its first day of birth, kicked our young son and knocked him down), several dogs, a beautiful horse and another burro. Life in the country was always surprising and a pleasant place to raise a family, sometimes difficult but nice! We knew friends in a circle of twenty miles in every direction. Our two sons still live in Acton, our daughters have moved to the beach cities in California.
Your Wilder Nature: A Field Guide to Tracking Soul, invites the reader to soulful inquiry and personal growth through nature. Daian Hennington, MSW, ecotherapist and wilderness rites of passage guide, weaves the threads of ecopsychology, nature observation and spirituality to offer some simple ways to engage wild soul that can be practiced by anyone of any belief, any age, any culture, any physical ability. Wild soul calls to us in wide open spaces, from the deep, and in our own animal mystery. It is a song of ourselves, authentic and unfettered, native to the earth. At once poetic and practical, the book describes skills of awareness and observation, ways of orienting to self and the natural world, outdoor safety, and how to understand the language of psyche and nature. From the realm of deep ecology, the author explores a way that has kept us well and allowed us to survive and thrive as individuals and communities for thousands of years. By developing a relationship with the sacred earth we can find ourselves more deeply human.
Author: Al Marlowe
Publisher: Graphic Arts Books
Release Date: 2013-10-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation
A complete fly fishing guide to Colorado's second largest wilderness area. Each chapter covers a section of the river and provides information on access, parking, seasons, hatches, recommended equipment, and fly patterns.
Author: Dyan Zaslowsky
Publisher: Island Press
Release Date: 1994-07-01
Genre: Business & Economics
Over 634 million acres of the United States -- nearly a million square miles -- are federally owned. These American Lands is both a history and a celebration of that inheritance. First published in 1986, the book was hailed by Wallace Stegner as "the only indispensable narrative history of the public lands." This completely revised and updated edition is an unsurpassed resource for everyone who cares about, visits, or works with public land in the United States. With over 75 pages of new material, the volume covers: •national parks •national forests •national resource lands •wildlife refuges •designated wildernesses •wild and scenic rivers •Alaska lands •national trails Each chapter outlines the history of the unit of public lands under discussion, clarifies the resource use and policy conflicts that are currently besetting it, and provides a detailed agenda of management, expansion, and preservation goals.
Author: John Kallas
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: 2010-06-01
Edible wild plants have one or more parts that can be used for food if gathered at the appropriate stage of growth and properly prepared. Edible Wild Plants includes extensive information and recipes on plants from the four categories. Foundation greens: wild spinach, chickweed, mallow, purslane; tart greens: curlydock, sheep sorrel, wood sorrel; pungent greens: wild mustard, wintercress, garlic mustard,shepherd’s purse; and bitter greens: dandelion, cat’s ear, sow thistle, nipplewort. Dr. John Kallas has investigated and taught about edible wild plants since 1970. He founded WildFood Adventures (www.wildfoodadventures.com) in 1993 and is the publisher and editor of Wild FoodAdventurer. He lives in Portland, Oregon. The definitive work on growing, harvesting, and eating wild greens.