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"I always preferred the outdoor life

getting out there and slaughtering a few of God's creatures" -John Cleese

I spent about 12 years in the Boy Scouts, camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking(white and flat water), rock climbing, you name it. On one particularly cold night I even volunteered to sleep outside in eight below (plus wind chill) weather while the other guys stayed huddled around the stove in the cabin. That was fun. In the summer of 1992 my troop went to Philmont Scout Reservation in northern New Mexico to hike and camp for almost a month. That was pure heaven. I left the Scouts at the age of 18 with the rank of first class. Advancing in rank never appealed to me as much as just getting out in the wilderness and having fun.

My favorite recent kayaking trip is the Fort River in Amherst, its all over grown and you have to hack your way down river like a frontiersman. It's an adventure.

How to Stay Alive in the Woods has been with me for all of it. Other very useful books have been Knotcraft, The Art and Science of Taking to the Woods, Campcraft, any book by Tom Brown Jr., and any decent eddible plants book I can get my grubby little hands on.

Back to my brain