Book Review: Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook

A while back we were given a copy of “Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook,” Second Edition, by Dr. Spike Briggs and Dr. Campbell Mackenzie to read and review. Since then I’ve spent a little time with it and in general I’ve been very impressed. This book is very well organized and everything from the layout to the binding and type of paper is designed to be used in the field. I think the biggest advantage to this book is the extensive useof flow charts and it’s step by step construction. This is appropriate given the book's target audience of traveler since…

Book Review: Outdoor Parents Outdoor Kids-Guide to getting your kids active in the great outdoors by Eugene Buchanan

When the book 'Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids'  first caught my eye at an REI over the holidays it took me a few minutes to decide whether or not I really wanted to read another book about taking kids on outdoor adventures. Since morphing into a Mom I've discovered that it's actually pretty easy to drag my kiddo out on the trails. I clothe him, feed him, water him, attach him to some sort of transportation device (baby carrier or chariot) and we've got ourselves an adventure.  I wasn't sure if I wanted or needed  more "how to"...get your kids outside…

Book Review: The Ultimate Hikers Gear Guide by Andrew Skurka

Earlier this winter after a #STPLive event, the good folks at Sierra Trading Post hooked me up with a free copy of the book 'The Ultimate Hikers Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail' by Andrew Skurka. Since Andrew Skurka is kind of a big deal in the outdoor community I was excited to check out his book and see what it was all about. I could do a recap of the book, but that would be ridiculous (just go buy the book). Instead here are a few points that really stood out to me. As I dove…

Book Review: Knights of the Broadax

Do you want to spend the winter in living in the mountains chopping down trees and then float them down a creek in the spring? This fascinating book written by Joan Trego Pinkerton will put you right in the midst of the people who lived that way of life. Pinkerton tells a first hand account based off of her experiences growing up the Headquarters Camp of the Wyoming Tie and Timber Company in the 1930s and 1940s. She supplemented her knowledge with other first hand interviews and an incredible wealth of photographs taken by her father. I can't say enough…

Book Review: The Mining Camps Speak

The Mining Camps Speak by Beth and Bill Sagstetter is an essential read for anyone who enjoys exploring abandoned mines, cabins, or ghost towns. This is especially so for people who are new to this type of exploring. The Sagstetter's have put their decades worth of knowledge and experience into this book that is both handbook and history. So instead of just stumbling around old cabins, The Mining Camps Speak tells you what you are looking at and helps you gain a much deeper understanding of any old abandoned site you happen to be visiting. Each chapter discusses a different…

Book Review: ‘Last Child in the Woods’

For the past few months I've been trying to get through the book 'Last Child in the Woods, saving our children from nature-deficit disorder' by Richard Louv. I'm on page 45. I want to like this book, I really really do. Everyone has told me that it's fantastic. But I'm completely disappointed in it. Louv writes in a way that is condescending, judgmental and negative. It's poorly written with flashbacks to Louv's nostalgic childhood accompanied by opinion rather than facts and details. [caption id="attachment_2134" align="alignright" width="224"] This is NOT the last child in the woods! Unlike Louv, I'm an optimist![/caption]…

Book Review: Empire of Shadows The Epic Story of Yellowstone

I recently finished reading George Black's book "Empire of Shadows: the Epic Story of Yellowstone." This is a great book and if you are at all curious about the events that led to the creation of our first National Park then this is a must read. Don't let the 428 pages or the fact that it's history scare you away. Mr. Black has taken the lives and stories of all the major people involved, as well as a great many minor people, and weaved them into one of the rare true stories that is better than fiction. I was surprised the…