... Iím certainly not the first to think so and in 'The Art of Camping' Matthew de Abaitua takes us on a trip back in (fairly recent) history to look at those people for whom camping was a means to rehabilitation or a way of instilling certain values, using socialist principles in particular. ... Read review
Paperback. Pub Date :2012-04-26 Pages: 304 Language: English Publisher: Hamish Hamilton ... more
Could there be another way of life Can I survive with less stuff Should I run for the hillsThese are all good questions that people have asked before. throughout history. and which have inspired people to set up camp. But now camping is part of the drive for self-sufficiency. a reaction against mass tourism. a chance to connect with the land. to experience a community. to leave no trace .. . From packing to pitching. with hikes into the deep history of the subject and encounters with the great campers and camping movements of the past. this is a witty and philosophical blend of how to. history and personal anecdotes - a must for every camper.
Doesn't really fall into any one category so may disappoint serious campers
"...a machine that would Ďtake the misery out of tea-makingí TVís most aesthetically challenged housekeeper Mrs. Doyle lamented Ďsome people enjoy the miseryí. Itís more or less the way I feel about camping; I certainly donít camp for any pleasure I derive from it, rather a belief that itís somehow character building and morally robust. Iím certainly not the first to think so and in 'The Art of Camping' Matthew de Abaitua takes us on a trip back in (fairly ..."
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