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5.0 out of 5 stars Its funny because it is true.,
This review is from: The Bluffer's Guide to Hiking (Bluffer's Guides) (Paperback)Great little book. Very quick and easy to read and parts of it are oh so true.
The chapter about outdoors shops really hit the nail on the head, every time I go to one of those shops I just quietly smile to myself as I look at the shop assistants doing exactly what they book says they do.
Its a quick read but one you may want to pick up again and again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide.,
This review is from: The Bluffer's Guide to Hiking (The Bluffer's Guides) (Kindle Edition)I have learnt so much from this book as the information is given in a no nonsense and often amusing way. A great way to learn.
5.0 out of 5 stars Witticisms and Wisecracks,
I read `The Bluffer's Guide to Hiking' expecting a totally spoof approach lampooning hikers with numerous witticisms and wisecracks, and high degrees of ridicule and satire. I was not disappointed as the text is delightfully light-hearted and full of humour - but it is also genuinely informative and it stresses the very real benefits of hiking. Excellent advice is offered on such matters as navigation, safety etc. and practical recommendations are included on footwear, clothing, equipment, guidebooks etc. plus both restrictions and `right to roam issues. For a small book it is far-reaching.
Two minor criticisms - I would have stressed use of 2 climbing poles rather than single (to avoid twisting spine), and no mention is made of the Cumbria Way (Ulverston to Carlisle) which starts ½ mile from my home - though there is a helpful list of other long distance hikes. Even so, I believe `The Bluffer's Guide to Hiking' is worthy of a 5-star rating.
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing volume for a walker,
You probably wouldn't read this through from cover to cover but it is fun to dip into and read a section at a time. It's the sort of book that might live in the loo or in a guest bedroom. It is not a reference book but it does cover most aspects of hiking.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Excuse for Another Pair of Shoes - Bluffers Guide to Hiking,
The book is only 113 pages in length with extra pages for any notes you want to make, great for putting into your pocket or bag. A super funny present for any one who has hiker friends for popping into their stocking at Christmas, which stockings well read the book to find out.
Laughs a plenty in our house with this book, the reason why. I do not HIKE but on page 64 it does say that a hiker has four season walking boots. Another three pair to go then I am a seasoned hiker. All from the comfort of my own home.
Reading it laughs a plenty, already sorted that I am an ambler (one who wears slippers to walk in). If that includes going to the bin outside then I am an ambler. Called other half this and the looks, well he might have thought I really had gone off hiking and been replaced by some other mad woman.
No, joking apart it explains in plain English just how to go about hiking (or appear to know how to go about it). At least I will not choose a rucksack that makes me look like a tortoise. Different than does this make my bottom look big.
If I see any ramblers (we do have a lot our way) with a trowel and loo roll, well I will never want to see what some person may dig up there not knowing. All I am saying is that it makes me look at them in a different light.
As long as you are not into halves of beer, scampi or bottled beer your hiking trips to the pub will be ok, that is unless someone else who has not read this book is ordering those items. You can tell a seasoned hiker by what they order in the pub. Myself, I would order what made me look as though I was in the know, then scurry back to the car for the chocolate fix. God only knows all that walking you have to keep up the strength even if I am an ambler.
These are a fun collection of books that do make light reading for visitors to have a look through too and you will hear some giggles along the way.
4.0 out of 5 stars No need to leave your armchair,
Bluffing is, I suppose, the art of passing yourself off as an expert on a subject of which you are really ignorant. On that basis you might suppose that this book is aimed at those who know nothing about hiking. I would suggest however that it will be appreciated most by people like me, who don't need to bluff but just want a good, relaxing read. Buy it as a gift for your hiking friends. A good read, but at £5.99 and just over 100 (small) pages, it's a bit thin for the price, so one star deducted.
5.0 out of 5 stars good read,
This review is from: The Bluffer's Guide to Hiking (Bluffer's Guides) (Paperback)Wife loved it as a present. She has read it in no time and it has been passed on !
4.0 out of 5 stars Bluffers guide to hiking,
This review is from: The Bluffer's Guide to Hiking (Bluffer's Guides) (Paperback)Yep the gear shop chapter is spot on. Are the staff aware they are under such scrutiny? Have you spotted the ones with the industrial sized caribineer on their belt? Good fun. Keep it in the glove box for when it's raining.
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The Bluffer's Guide to Hiking (Bluffer's Guides) by Simon Whaley (Paperback - 30 Mar 2009)
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