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The Camping Manual: The Step-by-step Guide to Camping for All the Family Hardcover – 18 Jan 2007


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (18 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844253198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844253197
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.6 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Frost worked at the Camping and Caravanning Club - the world's largest camping organisation, with over 430,000 members - for over 25 years and was Communications Director when he retired in 2006. He edited the club's Camping and Caravanning magazine for 12 years and writes and broadcasts widely on all aspects of camping. He travels extensively and has camped in more than 30 countries, from Iceland to South Africa.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By camping gal on 15 July 2007
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good book for rookie campers, explains lots and tips good. written with a sense of humour too!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. H. Osborne on 30 Jan 2009
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Having not camped since childhood, I was a bit nervous about camping again, as an adult with children. I was looking for something that would give me a few hints and tips about what to expect, about what to take and what would be best left at home. This book was great, it went through the basics, and gave me the confidence to introduce my own children to camping.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Teppin on 13 Nov 2008
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mims on 23 July 2011
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I like to have books in the house which reflect my hobbies - manuals which I can dip into if I want to make a purchase and need some advice, or have to revise some technique or procedure which I haven't practiced for a while. The Camping Manual fulfills these purposes exactly. I also enjoy re-reading it, just for the sheer pleasure of reliving past camping experiences through it's pages. It describes itself as a guide to family camping, so there are certain areas which it does not cover, but I am very satisfied with it. I haven't come across a "how to camp" book which I have enjoyed so much, and it is lavishly illustrated throughout. I would recommend it highly if you want an informative book about a very enjoyable pastime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Feb 2011
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I bought this and read it before heading to the camping shop to buy my first tent and associated equipment. The book means you can ask intelligent questions about what you want to buy but I'd still recommend visiting a shop where the people there can also offer advice.

This book is more about demystifying the jargon and equipment of camping rather than a guide you'll come back to time and time again. I'm not knocking that but for a book to cover so many things it has to skim the surface of certain things.

If like me you think camping is something you'll be investing in soon, you will find this book a good first step to working out what to buy, how not to destroy your tent the first time you use it and how to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
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