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Topic: Now I'll be on the gear cutting edge!, Found a 1918 Nessmuk "Woodcraft"< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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At The Strand in NYC.
Already in its thirteenth edition. ....

I love those oldies.  Didn't find any  trail guides though.

$15. Cheap fun.
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What is a 1918 Neesmuk Woodcraft????
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Turn of the century "how to camp in the woods". Written under the nom de plume of Nessmuk.

Think "The Complete Walker" but way way older.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/34607/34607-h/34607-h.htm

The Strand Bookstore:
http://www.strandbooks.com/?stop_mobi=yes
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Pretty neat old book. I' got an old Seaton (I think) Woodcraft and Nature book.
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I like the old trail guides but they didn't have any.
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Hi...


                                      Great find...thanks for the post.
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Turn of the century "how to camp in the woods". Written under the nom de plume of Nessmuk.

A couple of turns and a half...

It was first published in 1884 but he is writing about things he did over 40 years before in much of it. Cool book. I have it. Look for Horace Kephart's version of the same thing first published in 1906. It goes into more detail and has some great quotes.
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I have a bunch of these old bushcraft books, but not this one...yet! You bet I want one. Thank you for the post.
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"...Horace Kephart's version of the same thing first published in 1906. It goes into more detail and has some great quotes...."

Thanks! Will do.

Big old bookstores like that one are terrific,
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I agree HSF, those big used bookshops can be amazing places. We have a few that one man started over 30 years ago here with an outstanding business model. They are very successful. I got both of these books there.

Here is the difference, the Nessmuk book on the right has 105 pages. The Kephart book on the left has 884 pages. Both are cheep fun as you say.



Nessmuk is considered the grandfather of ultralight, or minimalism. He was kind of a small guy and needed to have a light kit.

Another book you may just like for the location alone is The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac. The book describes the very first backpacking trip old mad Jack ever went on. Gary Snyder took him into the Sierra and if you follow the clues you can tell exactly where they went in Yosemite. It was set in October of 1955 so you see a very good picture of what backpacking was at that time. You will be amazed at how much carried on through to today and the old methods we rarely use anymore. I even found the peak they climbed on a USGS 7.5 minute quad. There is a lot more of the Beat thing in that book but the trip and the subsequent outfitting expedition in Oakland is priceless. Jack got his kit and was never the same. He was hooked. The funny thing is; the first trip he took with Gary was probably his best. They took another good one together in the book too along the coast.
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I've read a bunch of Snyder's poetry (first was Turtle Island, have to add that book to my list!

Hmmm, seeing that cover I may actually have Camping and Woodcraft from sometime back in the sixties.... Something about the title, seeing it like that, strikes me as familiar.
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“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”
― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

That pretty much says it for me.
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