Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival: Backpacking. Ropes and Knots. Boating. Animal Tracking. Fire Building. Navigation. Pathfinding. Shelter Building. Campfire Recipes. Rescue. Wilderness

The ultimate do-it-yourself guide for camping and wilderness survival. From the author of the award-winning Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia, this volume is the most complete camping instruction book published. This monumental full-color guide to the outdoors features more than 600 photographs, diagrams, and illustrations, clearly explaining and illustrating the most successful techniques for any camping or backcountry survival scenario. Sure to be an indispensable resource, it offers in-depth coverage of tents, bedding and sleeping bags, boots and footwear, leave-no-trace methodology, camp and backpacking stoves, camp kitchens, menus and cooking, tools, backpacks, ropes and knots, and boats, recreational vehicles, and all-terrain vehicles. Hiking and camping in the backcountry is fully covered, along with wilderness survival skills. Emergency and wilderness first aid, navigation and pathfinding, shelter building, wilderness search and rescue, finding sustenance through foraging edible plants, survival hunting and fishing, setting snares, and nutrition, preparation, and cooking of game are all explored in detail. This book is a must-have reference guide for both novice and experienced campers.

WINNER 2017 - Professional Outdoor Media Association Pinnacle Award for Book of the Year

About The Author

Vin T. Sparano is the author of Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia. He has been an outdoor editor and writer for more than fifty years. He is editor emeritus of Outdoor Life, and has written and edited more than fifteen books about the outdoors. In 2013, he was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.

  • Publish Date: March 22, 2016
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Category: Sports & Recreation - Outdoor Skills
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 7-1/4 x 9
  • Pages: 320
  • US Price: $29.95
  • CDN Price: $29.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-3119-9


"The Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival is just that - complete - as well as a must have for those who spend time in the outdoors whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro.  I always enjoy and appreciate a Vin Sparano Guidebook because they are full of useful and necessary information.  I never pick one up without learning something new. Why don't you pick one up today?"
—Oudoor Blogger Network

"[This book is] a treasure trove of information for anyone who spends time in the outdoors. It is chock full of great tips for fishermen and hunters, as well as for campers and hikers. It contains great information about fishing and outdoor cooking that is as complete as you’ll find in any book. Its section on first aid was enlightening and easy to understand. Its section on weather was highly informative. I definitely recommend Vin T. Sparano’s Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival to anyone who enjoys the outdoors."
—Northwest Herald

"If you do any kind of camping, you will be well served by reading the Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival. . . Want to know how to set up a backpack? It's in there. How about tying a Bimini knot? It's in there. Hopefully you will never need the survival information, but if you do, you will know how to build a shelter, find safe food to eat and build a good fire." 
—Cape Gazette

"You will find Vin Sparano’s Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival another useful reference book in his Complete Guide series. This volume gathers timely information and up-to-date advice on camping (including boat camping), winter and summer survival in a variety of terrains, and first aid for minor and major contingencies. As Sparano notes in the introduction, this is the kind of knowledge that helps forestall panic and missteps in the field during emergencies."
Gray’s Sporting Journal

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