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Jul 5, 2010, 5:47pm

I'm going camping in a couple weeks I will of course take a couple books. What do you read when you are outdoors?

Jul 6, 2010, 6:00am

I tend to end up reading the same sorts of things that I read normally - a blend of SF/fantasy/crime and other fiction. Now that I've an ereader I'm not limited in how many books I can take along.

Jul 6, 2010, 7:00am

are you going with others? is it something you'd read in a group? I like to take some spooky short stories with me, they can be quite fun told around the campfire. If there are kids involved keep it age appropriate, you can pick up some good spooky stories for kids in the library.

like reading_fox I tend to take whatever I want to read, sometimes good to take a series with you, went camping in really foul weather and only took the first book of three, and regretted it, popped to a bookstore and picked up the other two to fill my wet time.

Jul 6, 2010, 12:41pm

I like to read books about camping / outdoors. Sigurd Olsson, Aldo Leopold, Ed Abbey, John Muir, John McPhee... etc.

Jul 6, 2010, 3:58pm

VLT- I do tell ghost stories, but I doubt my niece and nephew will want to hear them now, I want an ereader soooooo bad!

Jul 10, 2010, 4:22pm

I just read tomorrow's (Sunday's) New York Times Book Review. It had a review of No Way Down that seemed intriguing. It looks like a good choice especially for a hot summer day.

Jul 10, 2010, 5:27pm

Oh dear! Not my cup of tea I'm afraid, altho it might make me shiver!

Jul 12, 2010, 5:49am

>6 Sandydog1:

I grabbed a copy of No Way Down when I saw it a week or so ago. Now I found another on the same incident: One Mountain Thousand Summits by Freddie Wilkinson.

Based on a quick read of the first 50 pages of each book, Graham Bowley (author of No Way Down) has no climbing experience, but he appears to be a more skilled writer. He has attempted to tell the story from the perspective of the climbers, and his book includes 14 pages of color photos.

Wilkinson is an experienced climber, who has written for a number of climbing magazines, and he provides better descriptions of the the technical aspects of the climb. He has written primarily from the perspective of the surviving Sherpas, and he emphasizes the cultural conflicts among the climbers of various backgrounds.

Apr 4, 2011, 10:36am

actually reading some Nevada Barr's Anna Pidgeon books are good for camping, if you don't mind worrying about phsycotic killers targeting you

Apr 4, 2011, 2:55pm

For some great old-fashioned poems that send chills up the spine, bring Riley Child-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley.

You'll find " Giunts, an' Griffuns, an' Elves,
An' the Squidgicum-Squees 'at swallers the'rselves"

for reading aloud around the fire.

Edited: Aug 7, 2013, 9:58am

Take some Robert Service and pass it around the camp fire taking turns. eta The poet, not the other guy.