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Could be better
on 13 November 2008
I've rated this book with 3 stars, but if i was new to camping it might of got 4 stars. I bought the book hoping it could teach an experienced camper some new tricks, it didn't! I disagree with some of the authors conclusions, for example he doesn't think catalogues etc should include floor plans, because he thinks you should always see a tent up before you purchase. So what happens if you see an Internet bargain and you are good at maths and interpreting plans? So long as you know what you're after with regards to porch area and spec etc and don't take berth sizes seriously, it's hard to go wrong.
The author doesn't really stress the importance of types of camping and how that should effect your purchases. For example weekend camping, holiday camping etc. Your tent and equipment should reflect how much time you intend spending in your tent and how many meals you will cook yourself. For example if you only go away for a few odd weekends a year, what's wrong with gas canisters and battery operated lanterns?
The author obviously loves traditional camping with camp fires and canvas tents and to be honest i miss scout camps too. But if you're a group of lads planning a weekend of camping and beer or a family after convenience, this isn't a book for you. You'd be better off talking to an experienced "camper", so to speak.