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luvtahike
01-27-2009, 03:02 PM
I saw some books listed on the Hikes page. Lets start a list of books here.

Have you read "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv? It is about Nature Deficit Disorder. Very good book about what is happening to kids today. I always try to get my kids outside. We do a lot of nature hikes locally. We love to camp and hike and starting to backpack so that gets us out there. We also do what we call "mucking around" which is just hanging out in the woods, exploring, checking things out.

It is so easy for kids to spend way too much time watching TV, playing games online, wii, etc. Of course, much of those things happen to adults too!

There are many books out there to do with hiking, adventures, natural disasters, etc. What would you recommend?

BlueDog
01-27-2009, 03:28 PM
You beat me to it! I was just thinking about starting a book thread. I have an amazon wish list (http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2JON6A351KU27) that I keep adding these to.

Currently reading:
A Walk in the Woods (http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Woods-Rediscovering-America-Appalachian/dp/0307279464/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233087916&sr=1-1)

On my wish list:
Solitude: Seeking Wisdom in Extremes (http://www.amazon.com/Solitude-Seeking-Extremes-Patagonia-Wilderness/dp/1577316320/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3J76NSO3Q5JPF&colid=2JON6A351KU27)
Addicted to Danger (http://www.amazon.com/Addicted-Danger-Memoir-About-Affirming/dp/0671019910/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3O8KTWGMOG0L4&colid=2JON6A351KU27)
No Shortcuts to the Top (http://www.amazon.com/No-Shortcuts-Top-Climbing-Highest/dp/0767924711/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1DXDNWRXSIRKB&colid=2JON6A351KU27)
A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir (http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Nature-Life-John-Muir/dp/0195166825/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=ISGI6G8ID7O1Y&colid=2JON6A351KU27)
The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place (http://www.amazon.com/Heart-World-Journey-Secret-Place/dp/B000H5ULSY/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1KUE2GXSXEUDI&colid=2JON6A351KU27)
Backcountry Cooking: From Pack to Plate in 10 Minutes (http://www.amazon.com/Backcountry-Cooking-Minutes-Backpacker-Guides/dp/0898865514/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1YZM3EDOU1PMS&colid=2JON6A351KU27)
More Backcountry Cooking (http://www.amazon.com/More-Backcountry-Cooking-Moveable-Backpacker/dp/0898869005/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I11YAVJ3JG6440&colid=2JON6A351KU27)

luvtahike
01-27-2009, 03:42 PM
Blue Dog, I am glad that this was ok to do. There were just so many good books mentioned! This way we can keep contributing w/o adding to that already very long thread.



Currently reading:
A Walk in the Woods (http://www.amazon.com/Walk-Woods-Rediscovering-America-Appalachian/dp/0307279464/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233087916&sr=1-1)

On my wish list:

Backcountry Cooking: From Pack to Plate in 10 Minutes (http://www.amazon.com/Backcountry-Cooking-Minutes-Backpacker-Guides/dp/0898865514/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1YZM3EDOU1PMS&colid=2JON6A351KU27)
More Backcountry Cooking (http://www.amazon.com/More-Backcountry-Cooking-Moveable-Backpacker/dp/0898869005/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I11YAVJ3JG6440&colid=2JON6A351KU27)

A Walk in the Woods is good the first time. I think it was much better the second time after learning more about the AT.

I definitely have to check out the cooking ones. I'm very challenged in the kitchen to begin with. Then trying to cook in the woods makes it more challenging! We have a boy scout trip coming up. I go on a lot of them with my son. I've made a lot of mistakes out there. We have learned to pack extra food [just in case mom screws it up]! DS is getting very good at cooking. Good thing!

TrishandAlex
01-27-2009, 03:42 PM
Have you read "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv? It is about Nature Deficit Disorder. Very good book about what is happening to kids today.

Yep -- but when I read it I was already totally on board with the message.

Our kids are outside 4-6 hours a day if the temps are 50 or above and it's reasonably dry. We're still outside if it's cold or rainy, but just not for that long a time.

I strongly feel there is zero need for television and video games. To tell you the truth, we are so busy doing other things that there is no time for that stuff anyway.

We do allow some 30 minute DVDs every once in a while, and we have movie night one night a week. Oh yeah, Alex has a Leapster, but she rarely uses it.

I strongly feel -- to the point of being radical, perhaps -- that kids NEED to be outside, for hours each day if possible. It's good for the body and for the soul.

luvtahike
01-27-2009, 03:48 PM
Yep -- but when I read it I was already totally on board with the message.


I felt the same way. Some kids never go out though. When my kids were in public school, they could choose to stay in for recess. I worked there and made many of them go out to get fresh air, change of scenery, change of attitude!

My kids go out a lot and in all seasons. Actually they are out more in winter than any other season!

TrishandAlex
01-27-2009, 03:55 PM
I felt the same way. Some kids never go out though. When my kids were in public school, they could choose to stay in for recess. I worked there and made many of them go out to get fresh air, change of scenery, change of attitude!



Yes, we're homeschoolers so I'll admit that it's probably easier for us to get outside more often than "school" kids.

luvtahike
01-27-2009, 03:59 PM
How long have you been homeschooling? This is our second year. It has been great! My sons are in 4th and 7th grade. definitely has its challenges and its rewards.

TrishandAlex
01-27-2009, 04:02 PM
To avoid derailing the thread, I'll pm you. ;)

MelNino
01-27-2009, 07:40 PM
I just got Touching My Father's Soul by Jamling Tenzing Norgay...I can't wait to start it!!

I've read, No Shortcuts to the Top, A Walk in the Woods, Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, I loved them all

Skimming through Let's get Primitive: an Urban Girl's Guide to Camping, nothing serious, just rather amusing :)

Tim&Val
01-27-2009, 09:30 PM
I've read, No Shortcuts to the Top, A Walk in the Woods, Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, I loved them all


I read all four of these and enjoyed them...

Here's one for those of us who wish for simpler times...

We Took to the Woods (http://www.amazon.com/Took-Woods-2nd-Louise-Rich/dp/0892727365/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233109711&sr=8-1) by Louise Dickinson Rich.

Valerie

luvtahike
01-27-2009, 10:07 PM
Here's one for those of us who wish for simpler times...

We Took to the Woods (http://www.amazon.com/Took-Woods-2nd-Louise-Rich/dp/0892727365/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233109711&sr=8-1) by Louise Dickinson Rich.

Valerie

I read that this fall. It is a great book. They certainly lived a different life than we do now.

mtruman
01-27-2009, 10:59 PM
For the AT experience "A Walk in the Woods" is a classic. "A Journey North" is equally good.

Anything by Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, etc.)

Dave Roberts "On the Ridge Between Life and Death" as well as all of his earlier books. Some of the most well written mountaineering books I've ever read.

Everything by (and about) Brad Washburn.

Anything by Galen Rowell if you are into outdoor photography (and mountaineering as well).

All of the Guy and Laura Waterman books are a MUST if you are a hiker or climber in New England. Back Woods Ethics, Wilderness Ethics, A Fine Kind of Madness, Yankee Rock and Ice, Forest and Crag, Losing the Garden.

The Waterman books are actually my favorites. I read pieces of all of them while in the AMC huts and lodges (their libraries have them all) and it provides an even greater connection reading these in the place that they are written about. The last title - Losing the Garden - is a retrospective by Laura of their life after Guys death on Lafayette in 2000. One of the saddest and most moving stories I've ever read. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9403EEDA1630F933A15751C0A9669C8B 63&n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/Subjects/M/Mountain%20Climbing

If you want to experience the definitive list spend a weekend at Cardigan Lodge. Their library is based around a memorial donation (I'm afraid I can't remember who from) that has pretty much everything on this list and about every other outdoors and mountaineering book you could imagine. Tough to decide between reading the books and hiking the mountain.

UncleFester
01-28-2009, 03:16 PM
I must have read A Walk In The Woods about 5 times now, Bryson is one of my favorite authors.

Right now I'm reading a book called UM (http://www.amazon.com/Um-Slips-Stumbles-Verbal-Blunders/dp/0375423567), it's non-fiction about all the words we say when we talk, like um, like, uh and so on...really interesting.